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Health & Safety Officer - varied and rewarding role working with 3 leading independent schools

Employer
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital
Location
Clifton/Westbury 0n Trym Bristol
Salary
£40,000 - £45,000 depending on Experience
Closing date
6 Oct 2023
Reference
Health & Safety Officer - October 2023

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Sector
Education
Role
Health and Safety Officer
Level
Executive
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

3 leading independent schools in Central Bristol are seeking an experienced and high quality health and safety professional to take on this challenging, rewarding and varied role.  The post-holder will be expected to devote their time equally between the three schools. 

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a strong culture of promoting excellent health and safety standards at the schools, by: 

  • ensuring compliance with fire safety and health and safety legislation / best practice; providing guidance on implementation of health and safety measures; providing competent guidance, training and advice to senior managers, heads of department, staff and members of the school community on health and safety issues.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To develop, review, evaluate, implement and manage the schools’ health and safety policies and procedures, ensuring that these are appropriate for purpose and meet legislative requirements and best practice. To ensure that the schools have a robust and compliant approach to all health and safety matters, with safe systems and processes in operation throughout the schools. To oversee fire safety compliance at the schools, including maintaining fire risk assessments and developing and implementing suitable fire safety policies and procedures. To actively promote health and safety awareness throughout the schools. To advise the governors and senior managers at the schools on maintaining and updating appropriate health and safety policies. To ensure that health and safety policies are adhered to across the schools through regular audit, inspection and other monitoring methods. To develop good relations with all heads of department (teaching and non-teaching) and staff to embed a strong health and safety culture in all that is done at the schools.  Provide health and safety guidance and advice to departmental heads and staff. To ensure that all risk assessments throughout the schools are completed, recorded and reviewed as necessary.  To provide support to staff in completing risk assessments. To deliver appropriate health and safety training for staff to ensure that a safe environment can be maintained and to meet the schools’ legal obligations.  This includes providing appropriate induction training for new staff.  Where specialist external training is required, to co-ordinate and manage this. To maintain health and safety training records and ensure that training is renewed as appropriate. To investigate and record incidents, accidents and near-misses, and report as appropriate, including statutory RIDDOR recording and reporting. To provide health and safety advice in relation to activities, projects, events, educational visits and trips at the schools and to work closely and collaboratively with staff overseeing such activities. To liaise with the estates departments to ensure compliance with relevant H&S legislation and standards i.e. Asbestos, Legionella and fire safety management. To attend Health & Safety Committee meetings at the schools and prepare appropriate reports for these meetings. To liaise with external agencies (for example: HSE; fire authorities; local authority; consultancies; insurance brokers) as required. To carry out all administration associated with the role. To carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the post and as directed by the line manager.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.  The job description may be refined in each of the employing schools. 

 

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