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Senior Health and Safety Advisor

The Role

The Health and Safety Team are looking for a motivated individual to join us here at Richmond and Wandsworth Borough Councils Shared Staffing Arrangement (SSA) as a Senior Health and Safety Advisor.

You will play an integral role in ensuring the organisation fulfils its objectives by helping to deliver the health and safety strategy.

You will be of high calibre and have the ability to work autonomously with the team of qualified Health and Safety Practitioners.

You should have experience in audit and inspection of workplaces covering a diverse range of offices, schools, sheltered housing, depots and plant rooms, etc. both belonging to the Council and small commercial enterprises.

You will need to have experience in health and safety training to staff at all levels. You should also have experience in accident reporting and investigation and the management of accident databases being able to analyse data and produce statistics.

You will need the ability to analyse an emergency situation and provide expert advice to manage an incident and prevent further harm.

The team work in a busy environment with conflicting demands and interruptions whilst maintaining a professional attitude so we need someone who also has these attributes.

You should be able to quickly interpret health and safety legislation including the RIDDOR legislation to ensure prompt and accurate reporting to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on behalf of the organisation.

You should hold a relevant Degree, NVQ level 5 or NEBOSH Diploma level qualification in Occupational Health and Safety

The Councils’ Central Health and Safety Team lead on ensuring legal compliance across the Councils portfolio of premises including schools, sheltered housing and public service premises.

The highly valued inspection regime is respected across all council teams and services to provide assurance to the senior and directorate management teams.

If you feel you would be suitable for this role, please note we are accepting CVs with a supporting statement

The role is permanent and fulltime hours of 36hrs Monday to Friday. The council offers flexible working across the main sites and we operate core office hours between 10 and 4pm to provide advice and support to the departments and services.

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, some working from home, compressed hours, term time only and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.  We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date:  Sunday 9th October 2022

Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 10th October 2022

Interview Date: W/C Monday 17th October 2022 (include a presentation info will be provided once interview confirmed)     

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

The application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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