Health and Safety Officer

Contract Type: 
Full time
Application deadline: 
Thursday, 27 January, 2022 - 16:30
Fixed Salary
Per Annum
Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

To co-ordinate and manage all aspects of health and safety across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. This will include, but is not limited to, ensuring that all Diocesan personnel are kept safe and that Diocesan properties and projects, and the associated activities are safe and without risk as far as is reasonably practicable.   

What will your duties and responsibilities be?

  • To lead in the development, delivery and promotion of an effective health, safety and welfare strategy and culture
  • To develop, monitor, review and communicate the Diocesan Health and Safety Policy, the Health and Safety Manual, and health and safety management systems, to ensure they remain relevant and are kept up to date with any changes in legislation
  • To keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health and safety and welfare legislation and communicate relevant changes
  • To ensure the Diocese meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare, including ensuring compliance, eg. training and reporting
  • To develop, maintain and monitor an effective team of volunteer Health and Safety Representatives in parishes
  • To ensure that all Parish Health and Safety Representatives  are suitably supported and trained to fulfil their duties including:-
    • Accident reporting
    • Periodic site inspections 
    • Reporting on hazard and defect conditions to allow remedial action
    • Ensuring all statutory inspections are in place
  • To prepare and carry out, where necessary, Health and Safety, Legionella and Fire Risk Assessments and advise on actions that may be required
  • To develop, manage and maintain the Diocesan Asbestos Management Plan and ensure that it is implemented appropriately
  • To monitor accident information and ensure suitable investigations are carried out and recommended improvements implemented
  • To  maintain an accurate and up to date record of accident and incident statistics
  • To be the first point of contact for all health and safety enquiries including reportable accidents and incidents
  • To collate and monitor site health and safety data, analysing and reporting on this to identify trends and learning, thus enabling resources to be focused on risk areas
  • To prepare detailed reports as required on all aspects of health and safety eg.  for the Diocesan Board and the Diocesan Health and Safety Committee
  • To co-ordinate the work of the Diocesan Health and Safety Committee
  • To provide professional health and safety advice, guidance and support to all Diocesan clergy, employees and volunteers
  • To design and deliver a structured programme of in-house training on a range of safety topics and oversee the work of any external training providers
  • To ensure full and accurate health and safety and training records are maintained
  • To undertake site specific audits to assist Parish Health and Safety Representatives in achieving compliance and report on the findings
  • To ensure suitable and sufficient risk assessments are in place for any activity of significant risk and that these are suitably communicated
  • To review the process for appointing, engaging, monitoring and checking competency of contractors and professional consultants. This includes advising on and monitoring of the discharging of client duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations
  • To be the Diocesan point of contact for external agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authority Environmental Health Departments

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