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Job Details: Health & Safety Officer

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Health & Safety Officer
Monday to Friday
United Kingdom
Multiple Sites
The Health and Safety Team support Humankind’s broad range of services to ensure their safe and effective operation. As a dedicated Health & Safety professional, this exciting role will not only enable you to utilise your skills in a dynamic and fast-moving environment, but it will also provide you with stimulating challenges.
You can be home-based and will provide both remote and on-site support to Humankind’s services nationwide with a focus on the West Midlands, South Yorkshire and North West areas.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To act as a competent person for health and safety and ensure that the organisation complies with current health and safety legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance in relation to employees and service provision, and promote continuous improvement in health and safety standards.
  • To lead the monitoring and auditing of Health & Safety performance and compliance across Humankind.
  • To work proactively with managers to establish and maintain a system that promotes a culture of safe working practices across the organisation including ensuring clinical sites are complying with Infection Control standards.
  • To develop and deliver staff training relating to health, safety and fire safety.
  • Contribute to meeting the objectives of the Health & Safety Team plan.
Key Duties:
In carrying out the above duties the post holder will:
  • Identify Health & Safety issues and concerns across Humankind
  • Recommend solutions to issues, improvement opportunities or new prevention measures.
  • Provide advice and guidance on Health, Safety and Fire legislation to Humankind managers, employees, volunteers and Service Delivery Units.
  • Assist managers and staff in the day-to-day delivery of effective health, safety and fire management systems that seek to identify, assess, prioritise and control risks.
  • Investigate and report upon accidents, incidents and issues and implement Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR) as appropriate.
  • To assist in the development of, and delivery of training in relation to health and safety management including general health and safety, violence in the workplace, staff inductions, risk assessment and fire awareness. 
  • Liaise with outside agencies including the Fire & Rescue Services, Enforcing Authorities and other Government representatives as appropriate.
  • Work with the Quality and Performance Team to comply with Care Quality Commission (CQC) requirements.  
  • Undertake health, safety, fire and infection control inspections and audits and produce detailed reports identifying the required corrective actions. This includes CQC premises, and those associated with the organisation being a Registered Social Landlord.
  • Undertake detailed risk assessments including premises fire risk assessments.
  • Attend meetings as required and advise on health, safety and fire matters.
  • To assist in the development and review of health, safety and fire policies and procedures.
  • Liaising closely with Property and Facilities colleagues to ensure all corrective work is undertaken in a timely manner.
  • To Deputise for the Health & Safety Manager when required
  • To work within Humankind’s Policies, Procedures and Charter of Service Standards.
  • To undertake any other such duties as deemed to be within the spirit of the post.
This job description is intended to provide a guide to the general duties and responsibilities of the post. It should not be regarded as a contractual document. It will be reviewed regularly and may be varied at the discretion of Humankind.
Person Specification – Essential criteria:
  • NEBOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent
  • Evidence of proven experience as Health & Safety Officer or equivalent
  • Experience of Health & Safety audits and workplace inspections
  • IT literate including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety legislation and evidence of relevant up to date CPD
  • Outstanding attention to detail and observational ability
  • Excellent report writing ability. Must be able to produce comprehensive and detailed reports.
  • Good knowledge and experience of risk assessment for wide range of health & safety subjects including COSHH, DSE, Fire Safety, Manual Handling, Lone Working etc.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of fire safety and fire risk assessment
  • Experience of successful development and delivery of Health & Safety induction and/or training
  • Flexible and adaptable approach
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Driving licence, use of a car/vehicle and ability to travel to Humankind locations throughout UK
  • Ability to liaise with outside agencies, i.e. Fire Service, Health & Safety Executive, Environment Health etc.
Person Specification – Desirable criteria:
  • NEBOSH Level 6 Diploma Health & Safety or equivalent
  • NEBOSH Fire Management Certificate or equivalent 
  • Knowledge of the voluntary/ care/construction/social housing/other relevant sectors
Candidates will be recruited within the advertised range, please do not automatically expect initial recruitment to be at the top end, as this will depend on experience and enables progression in role through the Humankind development process.
Internal candidates at risk of redundancy will be prioritised for this vacancy therefore, we retain the right to withdraw the advert before the closing date.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you provide on your application form. We will contact shortlisted candidates by email to confirm the arrangements for interview. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notification as you will not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk folder.

Due to the current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews will be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Per Annum
Up to 32 days Annual Leave per year
Competitive company pension scheme with employer contributions
Life Assurance Scheme
Discounts on high street shops and brands including several leading high street brands, retailers and travel suppliers.
Eye Care Vouchers – Free eye-tests/discounts for VDU users
Employee Assistance Programme
Learning & Development opportunities
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