The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates in current circumstances that around 230 full-time equivalent nuclear safety inspectors will be required at the peak of its programme of nuclear regulatory work. That estimate takes account of expanding work for HSE on assessing three designs for new reactors, an understanding of programmes for Ministry of Defence nuclear facilities, and Government plans for nuclear decommissioning. The figure excludes inspectors of other disciplines employed by HSE who are also involved in regulating nuclear facilities in other areas.
The Health and Safety Executive has employed the following number of nuclear safety inspectors within its Nuclear Directorate (ND) since 2004:
Number 2004-05 162 2005-06 161 2006-07 157 2007-08 (as at 14 February 2008) 155
2007-08 (as at 14 February 2008)
Except for two inspectors based in HSE’s London Office all nuclear safety inspectors operate from HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside and are not located in regions.