Health and Safety Co-ordinator
Buckingham Futures have an excellent opportunity in East London for a Health and Safety Co-ordinator to carry out audits, inspections, accident investigations and complaints.
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB
- To be responsible for advising on health and safety compliance across all Council Services and activities.
- To provide a comprehensive health and safety advisory and support service to the Council with regards to all strategic and operational issues, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements for health, safety and welfare.
- To develop and implement creative and innovative strategies for setting up and managing health, safety and welfare priorities for the Council, in negotiation with Health & Safety Champions (nominated Service Heads).
- To deliver an appropriate health and safety training programme for the Council, working in partnership with the Health and Safety Champions.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- To provide expert advice and guidance on complex Health and Safety matters in respect to the strategic and operational requirements of the Council.
- To input and maintain statistical information held on IT databases in relation to health, safety and welfare such as accident / incident data, information held on dangerous occurrences and near misses etc. To input and retrieve information from other databases i.e. APP, Techforge. To attend training as required to ensure that essential IT skills to input and access data are maintained.
- To develop innovative and imaginative initiatives to promote a health and safety culture across the Council, and assist managers in determining safe working practices. To develop and implement health and safety performance indicators, monitor and evaluate performance in these indicators, and make recommendations for improvements to the relevant Management Team.
- To manage and conduct health, safety, and fire inspections, audits, safety tours etc. across the Council when required, including providing managers with comprehensive written reports detailing the outcome, making recommendations to improve standards at the premises.
- To manage and conduct safety assessments in Council Premises and where Council staff are based, ensuring reports and audit tracking procedures are followed.
- To investigate accidents / incidents and complaints in relation to work–related ill-health; completing and presenting reports to management on the outcome of the investigation.
- To develop – in coordination with the Health and Safety Champions – an action plan, for improving health, safety and welfare standards. Where appropriate, reporting back to the lead officer on any actions taken to address issues.
- To advise senior managers on health and safety issues in relation to tenders or contracts and assisting them to evaluate any health and safety information submitted by contractors where required. To advise senior managers on health and safety related matters in regards to building works or planned maintenance tenders or contracts that fall within the remit of the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations. Providing managers with expert advice and guidance in respect to the legal duties imposed under the Regulations.
- To act as the Councils health and safety representative when conducting site visits, including construction health and safety inspections, scaffolding inspections, and other high risk activities. The post holder will often have to conduct these inspections on their own using their own initiative and experience.
- Provide reports, both written and orally to all relevant stakeholders of the findings of safety inspection, audits, investigations, policy updates etc.
- To maintain up to date knowledge of current and proposed health and safety legislation. To interpret and evaluate such legislation and advise management on the implications of the legislation on service delivery.
- To act as the Council’s health and safety representative with regards to litigation and civil cases, when requested to do so.
- To formulate risk assessment strategies for the Council, advising and assisting managers in carrying out complex risk assessments.
- To undertake system audits for Council Health and Safety management systems, procedures and arrangements.
- To investigate accidents, incidents, reports on work related ill-health and dangerous occurrences, making recommendations to prevent recurrence. To make the necessary notification to, and liaise with, the HSE with respect to reportable incidents that occurs. To provide reports for the Council’s Insurance Section and attend any court, Industrial Tribunal or public enquiry to give evidence on behalf of the Council, when requested to do so.
- To liaise and consult with other Health & Safety Co-ordinators and other sections or departments within the Council that have a role in health and safety (Environmental Health, Building Control, Technical and Building Services Departments for example) attending any safety liaison groups, meetings or panels that may be established to promote safe working practices – such as the Council’s Corporate Joint Safety Audit Review Panel.
- To formulate and implement strategies for identifying health and safety training needs and evaluate the training needs in conjunction with the relevant Health and Safety Champion.
- To participate in the selection, evaluation and monitoring of the health and safety performance of contractors working in the Council.
- To provide all necessary assistance and collaboratively work maintaining the off-site hosted Display Screen Equipment (DSE) database.
- To identify and develop policies and supporting procedures, and undertake regular reviews of these policies.
- To attend relevant Safety Committee meetings as directed and to present information in relation to health, safety and welfare issues.
- To work collaboratively on health and safety matters with external enforcement and other agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police etc.
- To undertake any other duties and responsibilities at any location which may arise from time to time, and which are commensurate with the grade of the post and within the capabilities of the post holder.
- To participate in all aspects of the Council’s performance management scheme, ensuring that performance standards and targets are set and met within agreed timescales.
- To cover the work of the Team as advised by the Team Leader.
- To actively promote and comply with the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the opposition and eradication of all forms of discrimination and to ensure all services are accessible to all users.
- To fulfil all duties and responsibilities with proper regard to the council’s Health and Safety Policy and any other relevant legislation in order to ensure a safe working environment for the public, the post-holder and other members of staff.
Qualifications & Experience
- At least 5 years’ experience of working at a senior level within a health and safety unit in a large organisation.
- As a minimum to have achieved the NEBOSH Diploma part 2, NVQ level 4 or 5 in Occupational Health and Safety, first degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management etc. and thereby having achieved either Graduate (Gard IOSH) or Corporate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) Or to hold the EHORB registration certificate.
- To be able to carry out audits and investigations and to draw conclusions and communicate these in a both written and oral formats.
If you have the right experience for this role and feel your skills and experience match the requrements, or if you would like more information on the role, please contact us on 020 8732 5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org