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Housing Health and Safety Advisor

Employer
Buckingham Futures
Location
London (South), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Sector
Health and Safety
Function
Consultant
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time

Buckingham Futures are currently seeking a Housing Health and Safety Advisor in
South London. You will be responsible to the Lead Advisor and the primary function
of the role is to provide specialised support and advice to all stakeholders in relation
to construction health, safety and welfare issues across the capital programme and
responsive repairs service.

Key Duties

  • Provide technical advice and support to repairs service managers on a wide range of
    health and safety issues arising from the Council’s construction/maintenance
    activities, including but not limited to; risk assessment and development of safe
    systems of work (SSW), accident/incident reporting and investigation, development
    of control of substances hazardous to health assessments, manual handling,
    management of hot works, asbestos management, CDM compliance and work at
    height, all of which must be consistent with the council’s corporate health and safety
    policy.
  • To be jointly responsible for day to day supervision, allocation and checking quality
    of work of the Apprentice Construction/Fire Safety Coordinator in order to develop
    the individuals competence in both construction and fire safety.
  • To assist in the procurement of construction work/contractors, carrying out
    competency assessments of potential contractors on behalf of the council, as required
    by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
  • Ensure that exceptional health and safety standards are maintained within Property
    Services department and internal safety audit systems are followed, consistent with
    Islington Council policies, in consultation with the Lead Advisor (Construction and
    Fire Safety) and the Construction, Fire and Gas Safety Manager.
  • Assist in developing and reviewing construction and fire safety policies and
    guidance in the accordance with changes in legislation, official guidance and industry
    standards.
  • Develop positive working relationships with team leaders/supervisors within the
    responsive repairs service, members of capital the project teams and liaise effectively
    and productively to deliver efficient/safe projects on time and to budget.
  • Review safety policies, risk assessments, method statements and safety plans
    developed by contractors, advising client representatives on the suitability of these, as
    per the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
    2015, both prior to works commencing and throughout the construction phase of a
    project.
  • Carry out routine and ad-hoc construction site safety audits across a diverse range of
    construction and maintenance activities, including inspections of scaffolding,
    excavations, confined spaces etc. to ensure works are carried out in accordance with
    agreed method statements and plans, providing corrective actions and/or
    recommendations for improvement to relevant parties in a timely manner.
  • Support responsive repairs line managers by undertaking routine H&S audits of
    responsive operatives and contractors working on day to day projects.
  • Lead on the investigation of accidents and incidents within the Housing Repairs
    Service, including the identification of immediate as well as root or underlying
    causes, reporting findings to repairs service management and Trades Union (TU)
    representatives, informing the development of updated safety practices and guidance
    to ensure continual improvement.
  • To be responsible for the safe use, storage and transportation of all hand held
    tools/equipment, personal protective equipment, portable technology and security
    keys etc. required to carry out and record site audits safely and effectively.
  • Assist in the identification of health and safety training needs within the repairs
    service and development of training programmes as required.
  • Lead on the development of toolbox talk schedules and content relating to the
    Council’s construction and maintenance activities, assisting with delivery of both
    formal and informal health and safety training (such as toolbox talks) as directed.
  • Attend health and safety committee/sub-committee meetings as required, providing
    technical support, guidance and advice as necessary.
  • Attend occasional meetings (including outside of normal working hours), events and
    other activities as directed by the Lead Advisor (Construction and Fire Safety).
  • Deputise for the Lead Advisor (Construction and Fire Safety) as required.

Person Spec, Experience & Qualifications

  • Demonstrable experience within the housing and/or construction industry, advising
    on all aspects of construction health and safety.
  • NEBOSH General and/or Construction Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Ability to carry out a programme of construction site safety audits and inspections, providing practical guidance where necessary
  • Knowledge of and ability to advise on health and safety legislation, regulations, guidance and industry best practice in relation to the construction industry.

To register your interest, please either email  jacques@buckinghamfutures.com  or call
us on 020 8125 4321.

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