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Head of Health and Safety

The Institute of Cancer Research
Sutton, London (Greater)
£53,200 - £69,216 per annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2024

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Health & Social Care
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: Appointments are normally made at the starting salary, however comparable skills and experience will be considered. Future progression is based on annual performance review.

Hours per week: 35 hours per week (Full Time)

Location: Based at our Sutton site, this role supports Chelsea site also. This role is eligible for hybrid working.

Closing Date9th August 2024

Job Details

The Institute of Cancer Research is seeking a Head of Health and Safety specialising in laboratory safety, including biosafety, radiochemistry and chemistry, to support the Sustainability, Health & Safety team on its sites at Sutton and Chelsea.

This role requires a proactive and versatile person you will be expected to promote a proportional and pragmatic approach to risk management to enable world class research. 

As Head of Health and Safety, you will be required to:

  • Provide occupational health and safety professional leadership to all levels of staff, supporting and advising all management teams, employees, volunteers and contractors.
  • Develop the culture, ownership and understanding of occupational health and safety related issues through a proportional & pragmatic approach to managing risks.
  • Support the Head of Sustainability with the ICR’s Sustainable Discoveries Action Plan.
  • Lead on the development, implementation and reporting of the Health and Safety Action Plan.
  • Line manage the Health, Safety & Environment Advisors, ensuring a breath of professional competencies.
  • Provide and maintain proactive and effective customer focused health & safety advice and information within the integrated management system.
  • Participate and assist in an assurance and audit role within the ICR for health, safety & environment matters.
  • Monitor and measure health & safety performance across ICR.
  • Ensure compliance with changing health & safety legislation and to communicate and support any changes effectively.
  • Ensure the appropriate level of advice, guidance, coaching and training is provided to managers, staff and students on health & safety matters.
  • To participate on projects and related issues, across Estates & Facilities as identified by the Head of Sustainability or Director of Estates & Facilities.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must have:

  • Degree in health & safety or relevant science subject.
  • NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent in health & safety qualification.
  • Experience of managing health & safety in a laboratory environment
  • Experience in a science (biosafety, radiation, chemistry) environment and the ability to demonstrate an active involvement in safety
  • Experience within a Higher Education/ medical environment
  • Proven experience of health, safety & environment management systems
  • Experience of managing a small team
  • Experience of health, safety and environment auditing to the relevant ISO standards
  • Experience in emergency response and business continuity

Directorate Information

The Directorate of Estates and Facilities mission is to provide a secure, safe comfortable working environment and the agreed level of service and support to all of our Customers, such that they feel confident in our ability to assist them in meeting their commitment to Cancer Research. Our primary objective at all times will be to sustain, review & improve the services, facilities and environment provided to our colleagues in support of their research activities in line with the Institute’s strategy & objectives.

We encourage all applicants to access the job pack attached for more detailed information regarding this role. For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Richard Woods, Head of Sustainability via:


Telephone: 02071535179

About The Institute of Cancer Research

Why work for us?

As a member of staff, you'll have exclusive access to a range of staff benefits.

The ICR is committed to supporting overseas applicants applying for roles, please click here to find out further information.

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world's most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. Further information about working at the ICR can be found here.

We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within the ICR and nationwide in STEM roles.

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