Health and Safety Officer/Covid Response

Central London
13 Oct 2020
18 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

A client in Central London is seeking an Environmental Health Officer that can help with the Covid outbreak, for 6 months. Health and Safety experience is essential and Food experience is desirable but not necessarily a prerequisite.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


1         Contribute to the Council’s Covid-19 response and task force as directed.



Carry out, as directed, a range of services in accordance with legislation, codes of practice, corporate policies, local procedures and good professional practice. This will include but is not limited to: inspections, projects, surveys, alternative enforcement activities, publicity, attending meetings, processing applications, visits, investigating complaints and service requests, sampling, dealing with safety notifications and asbestos removals, accident investigations, monitoring, gathering evidence, revisits, making test purchases, carrying out PACE interviews, taking statements and determining appropriate action.




To competently deal with the processing of applications, notifications, referrals, consultations, schemes, licences, registrations and grants, carry out reviews and give approval, as directed using any powers that have been delegated.



To undertake consistent, proportionate, targeted, accountable and transparent enforcement action, in accordance with best practice advice and guidance and enforcement policies, to resolve any identified non-compliances. This may include seizing goods, prohibitions, closures, preparing and serving statutory and fixed penalty notices, simple cautions and other legal documents.



To conduct investigations and other enforcement work with regard to legislation, such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), Criminal Proceedings and Investigations Act (CPIA) and Human Rights Act (HRA), which confines the scope of action.



To properly handle evidence, records and data to ensure that confidentiality, continuity, evidence integrity, data quality, data protection and requests for information requirements are observed.



Instigate all necessary legal action in line with Council’s policies, including the preparation and presentation of evidence at Court and Tribunals.



Respond to correspondence and maintain up to date records on the computer systems and files of inspections and other visits made and action taken to ensure a complete record of cases is maintained in the event of later enquiries, complaints or subsequent legal action.



Meet performance targets for proactive and reactive work.



Undertake projects and initiatives to improve the delivery of the service.  These projects may reflect the impact of the wider environmental agenda.



To provide quality, timely and accurate professional advice, guidance and information about any work matter, to customers or colleagues, members of the public, businesses, solicitors and other professionals.



Attend internal and external meetings and Committees of the Council’s when required.



Assist in maintaining quality procedures and other documentation used by the Commercial Division.



Participate in the training of businesses, health promotion initiatives and the staff training programme as required.



Ensure effective liaison is maintained with other relevant colleagues internally about matters relating to work within their areas.



Become familiar with, and work in accordance with policies, procedures, protocols, processes, risk assessments and techniques relevant to the job.



Keeping abreast of technical and legal developments in health and safety, food hygiene and food standards.



To take a flexible approach to duties outside of normal office hours including weekends for example to; investigate major accidents, monitor events, inspect premises where access is not available during normal working hours; investigate outbreaks of legionnaires disease, deal with an emergency etc.


19 To participate in Environmental Health’s contribution to ensuring an effective response to civil and other emergencies using skills/expertise relevant to the functions of the post, and in accordance with council emergency procedures.     20

Cover the work of colleagues in time of leave, sickness or other absenteeism.



Carry out such other duties relevant to the post when required.


22 To be a flexible and effective team member, supporting the service and its objectives by taking a flexible approach to work activities across the division, places of work, team changes, work systems, practices, case allocation, times and hours of work.

If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV to or call us on 0208 125 4321.

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