Inspectors of Standards and Regulations

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.


New workers
£ 21,113
£ 31,366
£ 66,269

Available jobs

In the past year there were 42,092 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Prepares reports and recommendations on all inspections made and recommends legal action where necessary.

  • Undertakes other inspections including chemicals, drugs, flight operations, etc..

  • Visits premises where animals are kept, advises on animal care and investigates complaints.

  • Checks fishing licences and prevents illegal fishing.

  • Samples and tests river water, checks and advises on premises discharging effluent to prevent pollution.

  • Verifies the weight of commercial vehicles, checks driver’s licence and hours worked.

  • Investigates industrial accidents or any complaints made by the public.

  • Draws attention to any irregularities or infringements of regulations and advises on ways of rectifying them.

  • Visits sites during construction and inspects completed installations of electricity, gas or water supply.

  • 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.

  • Inspects measuring and similar equipment in factories and visits street traders, shops, garages and other premises to check scales, weights and measuring equipment.

  • Inspects building structures, facilities and sites to determine suitability for habitation, compliance with regulations and for insurance purposes.

  • Examines building plans to ensure compliance with local, statutory and other requirements.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Auditing

  • Project Management

  • Construction

  • Site Inspection

  • Environmental Laws

  • Risk Analysis

  • Environmental Health

  • Environmental Permitting

  • Property Inspection

  • Building Controls

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Planning

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

  • Self-Motivation

  • Investigation

  • Problem Solving

  • Organizational Skills

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.