Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor

Vacancy details

Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor

Based at: Headquarters - Portishead

Contract: 6 Month Fixed Term Appointment
(with the possibility of extension or permanency)

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: Hay 5 (£36,922 – £39,880)

Closing date: 12:00 (midday) on 01 October 2020

Avon Fire & Rescue Service are recruiting for a Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) Advisor to support the Health, Safety, Welfare, Wellbeing and Fitness Manager in driving health and safety compliance efficiently and effectively by providing specialist advice, guidance and support. 

Within this role you will lead the review, development and maintenance of the Health and Safety Management System including relevant policies, providing professional advice, guidance and support on all matters relating to health, safety and welfare.
You will also identify health and safety training and development needs across the Service by reviewing and supporting the delivery of guidance and training packages on health and safety matters.

 

As the HSW Advisor, you will assist with system audits and workplace inspections and implement practical and effective measures to ensure a safe working environment.

To be considered for this role, you must have a proven and significant experience of working within the Health and Safety field, in addition to proven experience in leading management system reviews.

You must have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) or an NVQ level 3 in OH&S (or equivalent qualification).

    Or
     
  • A higher level specialist/professional qualification: eg a degree or postgraduate qualification in Occupational Heath and Safety, Law or equivalent; or NVQ Level 5 Occupational Health and Safety; or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of theoretical knowledge.

    Or
     
  • You must possess or be working towards NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Effective communication skills are vital for this role and you must be computer literate and have proven organisational skills with the ability to work well under pressure, prioritise, manage workloads and work effectively as part of a team. You must also be confident and able to deputise for the HSW Manager as required.
Please refer to the job description for further information in regards to this role, including the essential and desirable criteria for this role.

Please note this role is a 6 month fixed term appointment, however there may be the possibility of extension or permanency.  This is dependent on the Service’s requirements.


How to apply:

The job description and application form are available to download below.  Once you have read the job description please complete the application form telling us how you meet the requirements of the role - tell us how your skills, qualifications and experience match those required for this role, and provide examples wherever you can. The information you give us will assist us in our shortlisting process.

Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ by the closing date and time. Alternatively, you can email your application to hr.admin@avonfire.gov.uk. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Please quote job reference number 4810 on any communications. Thank you.

 

Job description

JOB PURPOSE

To support the Health, Safety, Welfare, Wellbeing and Fitness Manager in driving health and safety compliance efficiently and effectively, by providing specialist advice, guidance and support. You will lead the review, development and maintenance of the Health and Safety Management System, to ensure that the system remains robust and supports the Service in meeting its legal obligations and responsibilities.  Acting as Deputy to the Team Manager,  you will support the leadership of the team and function, and will directly line manage some team members.   

Background

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AFRS) serves the Unitary Authority areas of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with fire stations and office locations in each area.  It is a Combined Fire Authority, consisting of Members drawn from the above four authorities.  Our Service Headquarters is shared with Avon & Somerset Police at Portishead, Bristol. 

You will report directly to the Health, Safety, Welfare, Wellbeing and Fitness Manager, under the overall direction of the Director of Service Delivery Support.

This post is based within the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Department and interfaces with all departments across the organisation.  The role is based at our Headquarters in Portishead although some travel should be expected to other sites and stations across the Service in order to fulfil the requirements of the role.

MAIN DUTIES

Provide professional advice, guidance and support on all matters relating to health, safety and welfare, to assist  the Health, Safety, Welfare and Wellbeing Manager, Senior Management Team, line managers and employees across the Service to discharge their legal obligations under health & safety legislation.

Acting as Deputy to the Team Manager,  you will support the leadership of the function, directly line manage some team members, and oversee the whole team in the Team Manager’s absence.   

Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and review of our health and safety management system, including undertaking or assisting with system audits and workplace inspections. This role will review the existing health and safety management system with the view to identifying any potential gaps or inconsistencies in compliance.

Following the review of the current management system, you will provide advice and support aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the current management system to ensure it is suitable, sufficient and drives compliance.

Develop, implement and review health & safety policies, and safe systems of work including procedures and guidance, to ensure the Service continues to comply with legislative requirements and best practice. Support the completion of risk assessments, and implement practical and effective measures to ensure a safe working environment.  Recommend solutions to issues, improvement opportunities or new preventative measures.

Identify health and safety training and development needs across the Service. This will require you to review and support the delivery of guidance and training packages on health and safety matters including manual handling, incident investigation, control of substances hazardous to health and stress and mental wellbeing within the workplace. Ensure all training and development activities are evaluated to assess their effectiveness and to highlight any further training needs.

Support the Health, Safety, Welfare, Wellbeing and Fitness Manager with the review, development and implementation of a suitable Health and Safety Strategy, including a suite of relevant key performance indicators.  This includes providing necessary input into an annual performance review of health and safety and produce reports on performance and compliance as required.

Monitor and review the effectiveness of health and safety strategies. Develop and recommend improvements or new strategies to:

  • ensure compliance with health & safety legislation
     
  • minimise and manage risks
     
  • promote a positive health and safety culture and improve health and safety understanding, and develop safe systems of work
     
  • Prepare reports, briefings and training interventions as necessary in response to health and safety matters and / or training needs requirements.
     
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with managers across the Service in order to provide appropriate advice and support.
     
  • Have a flexible approach to work and to work collaboratively with colleagues within the Health Safety and Wellbeing Team in order to provide essential cover or support in response to urgent/critical issues, or at times of peak workloads.

Examine various datasets on leading and lagging indicators, and by means of trend analysis identify areas for enhancement and improvement within the health and safety management system and safe working arrangements.

Where required, assist the Senior Investigator and Investigation Team in carrying out investigations into work related injuries, ill health, near misses and dangerous occurrences.  Carry out investigations independently as directed by the Health, Safety, Welfare, Wellbeing and Fitness Manager. Support the Health and Safety Office and Health and Safety Practitioner in the review of incident investigation procedures and techniques with the view to driving a high standard across incident investigations, and upholding a Fair Culture approach.

Drive effective consultation with our stakeholders, including Elected Members and Representative Bodies, through meetings, forums and the Health & Safety Committee structure. Chair of the Strategic Health & Safety Committee as required.

Maintain up-to-date knowledge on relevant legislation, research and best practice, by fostering and maintaining effective liaison and links with other FRS’s, professional and educational bodies, and other organisations that have an interest in, or an effect upon, health and safety.

Represent AFRS in matters of health and safety at internal or external meetings and forums as required.

Manage and undertake project work or carry out research, as required, in order to seek solutions to known risks and to support the Service in discharging its legal obligations under health and safety legislation.

Participate in, and where appropriate lead, the compilation and preparation of management information and statistics from computerised and manual records, as required.

Ensure all relevant health and safety information is disseminated to affected and interested parties using a variety of suitable and effective medium. Liaise with other departments/units to establish and maintain effective links on health and safety issues across the Service.

Provide advice on the procurement of equipment or services designed to improve health and safety, in accordance with our procurement policy and procedures.

GENERAL 

Ensure you maintain an awareness of Health and Safety Regulations in relation to duties and tasks being undertaken and report any situations or incidents which could be considered hazardous.  All employees have a responsibility for their own safety and must not endanger that of colleagues/visitors in the workplace or the public.

Ensure that, both in your dealings with other employees and with members of the public, you adhere to the principles and standards outlined in our Equality and Fairness Policy.  You are responsible for making your supervisor aware of literature, language or behaviour that offends against that policy and the dignity of personnel.

In addition to the individual responsibilities above, you must ensure that your employees conform to the principles of Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equalities (DICE) and must confront incidents of behaviour that offend against those principles.

Ensure that you perform all duties in accordance with the principles and requirements of Data Protection legislation.

Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required in relation to a post of this nature, without prejudice to the right to seek a re-evaluation of the post.

This Job Description contains only the main accountabilities relating to the post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out.

SUPERVISION AND WORK PLANNING

You will receive overall direction on strategy and priorities from the Health, Safety, Welfare, Wellbeing and Fitness Manager, to whom you report.  Within this framework you will be expected to use your expertise, experience and initiative in achieving service objectives and targets.  You will agree objectives and performance targets with your manager and keep them informed of progress and performance.  Acting as Deputy to the Team Manager, you will support the leadership of the team and function, and will directly line-manage some team members.

 TEAM STRUCTURE CHART

 

 

 QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

 Essential

  • A minimum of a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) or an NVQ level 3 in OH&S (or equivalent qualification).
  • Higher level specialist/professional qualification: eg a degree or postgraduate qualification in Occupational Heath and Safety, Law or equivalent; or NVQ Level 5 Occupational Health and Safety; or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of theoretical knowledge.
  • Possess or working towards NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Proven and significant experience of working within the health and safety field.
  • Experience in leading, planning, developing, implementing and monitoring a health and safety management system, including audits and inspections.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of health and safety law, its interpretation and application, and how legislation is enforced in the UK.
  • Experience in monitoring compliance with health and safety legislation.
  • Experience in collating, examining and storing evidence, including producing statistical analyses, in relation to investigating accidents, illness, incidents, near misses and dangerous occurrences.
  • Sound analytical skills when examining hazards, risks and solutions.
  • Ability to produce professional reports, codes of practice and training materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels inside and outside the Service, both orally and in writing, including giving presentations and leading training sessions, with strong skills to influence and guide managers and other staff.
  • Proven experience in project management.
  • Experience in devising and delivering training to individuals and/or groups.
  • Proven organisational skills with the ability to work well under pressure, prioritise, manage workloads and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability and confidence to deputise for the Department Manager, as required. 
  • Computer literate with the ability to input, extract, manipulate and present information and statistics using appropriate software packages.
  • Member of professional occupational health and safety body such as IOSH
  • A current full driving licence and/or able to travel to various work locations.

Desirable

  • ISO 45001 Lead Auditors Course
  • Experience of dealing with an enforcing authority - HSE.
  • Experience in health and safety within a Fire & Rescue Service and/or the ability to develop technical knowledge of the Fire Service.
  • Awareness and experience in improving or designing employee wellbeing programmes and support
  • Line management experience and the ability to lead, support and develop a team.

SPECIAL NOTES

Although your post is based at a specific location, there may be times when in the interests of the efficiency of the Service, you are required to work from a different workbase, for which appropriate allowances will be made available.

Due to the nature of this post, you must have a flexible approach to your work, which may involve occasionally working outside normal working hours as necessary, for which mutually agreed compensatory time-off will be given.

Your duties will require you to travel within the Service area. You may also be required to travel to other locations outside the area to represent AFRS regionally or nationally. Pool cars are available.

You are required to wear clothing suitable to the type of work you are undertaking, which may include protective clothing as deemed appropriate by your line manager.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                         

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