Corporate Health and Safety Officer

Posted 6 months ago by Worcester City Council
Contract Type Permanent
Salary £31,684 - £35,546
Sector Corporate HSE, Risk management
Posted 6 months ago
Apply by Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Worcester is a great place to work. We have a thriving city centre, investment by cutting edge technology companies, a great wealth of history, a fantastic environment making it somewhere to be proud of.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Worcester has a history spanning more than 2,000 years. Its rich heritage includes the 12th Century Cathedral and the Guildhall admired by monarchs from King George III to Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester offers a high quality of life with its rich and varied heritage, award winning parks, excellent schools and diverse range of shops and restaurants.
The city enjoys a strong sporting reputation based on top flight cricket and rugby clubs, a centrally located racecourse and major annual running and cycling events. Worcester has a strong cultural and musical life and is the birthplace of Elgar, one of England’s most celebrated composers.
At Worcester City Council, we are committed to seeking excellence in everything we do as we strive for the coveted Investors in Accreditation standard.
Benefits to you:
25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 30 days with 5 years of local government service)
Generous pension scheme
Support for training and professional development
Subsidised leisure facilities and employee discounts in local stores
Free confidential employee assistance programme, available 24 hours a day
The role
Worcester City Council is seeking to recruit a full time Corporate Health and Safety Officer to advise the Authority in the management and ongoing improvement of health and safety across its wide ranging activities.  The ideal candidate will have a multi sector background, have an excellent ability to develop long lasting relationships and have the technical prowess to adapt to various day to day challenges that come from working within a Local Authority.  The role will interact with Heads of Service responsible for the direct delivery of council services and the management of contractors and suppliers as well as the management of Council premises.
Generic Responsibilities: 
Provide specialist expertise in relation to the development of policy and interpretation of changing external requirements within the relevant professional discipline, taking account of service and community demands and the political priorities of the council 
Provide specialist advice and support both internally and externally (whilst using good judgement to avoid risk, make decisions and resolve complex issues in the interests of the council and its people) 
Provide relevant professional and technical direction, support and training to colleagues (and guide the decisions they make) 
Lead on and deliver the review and updating of relevant (cross council) service specific policies and procedures 
Represent and protect the reputation of the council both internally and externally as part of your work and advise on the formulation of associated strategy and framework 
Retain relevant professional membership or licence, work to its codes and participate in learning that will help you perform your role successfully and the wider team meet the standards expected. 
Fulfil the work schedule and key performance targets set for your role and team including the management and delivery of a related caseload of work 
Lead on or make a significant contribution to specific project work including the associated fundraising, budget oversight, procurement and purchasing 
Lead a team of people to deliver a significant project (or significant part of a service) and plan the capacity, ability and work schedules accordingly 
Demonstrate a strong customer focus when developing both internal and external partnerships relevant to your work (and continue this standard throughout any subsequent management of contracts) 
Take an entrepreneurial approach to your thinking, enabling you and your team to recognise opportunities for doing things more efficiently and then play a lead role in the embedding of process and performance improvement 
Research, report and analyse performance management information to make useful recommendations for process and performance improvement (and advise management in their decision making) 
Provide a service link to other similar professionals across the council to ensure a corporate approach is achieved.
Professional/Technical Roles:
To provide competent advice and make recommendations to enable the Council to fulfil its responsibilities towards employees and other stakeholders in providing a safe working environment. 
Formulating, developing and updating health and safety policies, for existing and planned activities 
Engendering and promoting a positive health and safety culture through the effective implementation of the organisation’s health and safety policy and the delivery of both formal and informal staff instruction and training on a range of safety-related topics 
Planning for health and safety by helping operational managers set realistic short- and long-term objectives for improvement, decide priorities based upon an assessment of risk and, establish adequate safety management systems and performance standards 
The day-to-day monitoring of effective policy implementation through programmes of workplace inspections, together with reviews of operational management plans and workplace accidents and incidents, including, where appropriate, their prompt reporting to the Health and Safety Executive 
The review of safety management performance through programmes of formal health and safety management audits 
Maintain adequate information systems on topics including civil and criminal law, health and safety management and technical advances 
Interpret the law in the context of the organisation’s activities and planned future operations 
Be involved in establishing organisational arrangements, systems and risk control standards relating to hardware and human behaviours, by advising line management on matters such as legal and technical standards 
Establish and maintain procedures for reporting, investigating, recording and analysing accidents and incidents 
Establish and maintain procedures, including monitoring and other means such as review and auditing, to ensure senior managers get a true picture of how well 

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