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Alternate Titles: 

Building inspector,Driving examiner,Housing inspector,Meat hygiene inspector,Trading standards officer

Job Description: 

Inspectors of standards and regulations undertake investigations and inspections to verify and ensure compliance with acts, regulations and other requirements in respect of: buildings; weights, measures and trade descriptions; the installation and safety of electrical, gas and water supplies and equipment; marine pollution, ships? structures, equipment and accommodation; the treatment of animals; the operation of commercial vehicles; the welfare, health and safety in factories and all work sites subject to the provisions in the Factory Acts.


Entrants usually possess A levels/H grades, a degree or equivalent qualification, together with experience gained in employment. Professional qualifications, membership of professional bodies, postgraduate diplomas and NVQs/ SVQs at Levels 3 and 4 are available and may be required in some occupations. On-the-job training is available in some areas.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 2
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 4.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • examines building plans to ensure compliance with local, statutory and other requirements;
  • inspects building structures, facilities and sites to determine suitability for habitation, compliance with regulations and for insurance purposes;
  • inspects measuring and similar equipment in factories and visits street traders, shops, garages and other premises to check scales, weights and measuring equipment;
  • inspects factories and other work sites to ensure adequate cleanliness, temperature, lighting and ventilation, checks for fire hazards and inspects storage and handling arrangements of dangerous materials;
  • visits sites during construction and inspects completed installations of electricity, gas or water supply;
  • draws attention to any irregularities or infringements of regulations and advises on ways of rectifying them;
  • investigates industrial accidents or any complaints made by the public;
  • verifies the weight of commercial vehicles, checks driver?s licence and hours worked;
  • samples and tests river water, checks and advises on premises discharging effluent to prevent pollution;
  • checks fishing licences and prevents illegal fishing;
  • visits premises where animals are kept, advises on animal care and investigates complaints;
  • undertakes other inspections including chemicals, drugs, flight operations, etc.;
  • prepares reports and recommendations on all inspections made and recommends legal action where necessary.