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Health and Safety Manager

Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years. They pride themselves in combining knowledge and industry connections with an innovative and forward-thinking approach.

The Role

The post holder will manage the Health & Safety function, will provide general H&S advice, training, support and monitoring across a wide range of risk areas. The post holder will be responsible for developing and maintaining H&S standards; providing advice and guidance with regard to compliance with relevant statutory requirements, legislation and regulations and promoting best practice in accordance with sector and professional standards.

Main Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate Director, and regularly working closely with other senior professional and administrative staff and academic colleagues, in the context of UK health and safety best practice and legislation:

  • To advise on health and safety matters, keeping the university and key stakeholders informed of current legislation and regulatory requirements, professional codes of practice. Sector guidance and or changes in University practice as appropriate.
  • To assist the University in the continued development of its health and safety strategy; which includes responsibility for the development of policy, procedures, practices and key performance indicators and standards for the H&S function. 
  • Develop, implement and maintain suitable health and safety management systems based on the principles of HASMAP to demonstrate continuous ongoing improvement in compliance.
  • To maintain all statutory records and documents required by law and the University, including those required for internal and external audit purposes, and take follow up action as required in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Act 2018.
  • To advise and support University staff, managers and safety representatives in the promotion of health and safety conscious practices and in efforts to reduce accidents and near misses.
  • To promote a safe and healthy environment for the well-being of staff, students and visitors and liaise with colleagues on wellbeing initiatives across the University and take a lead in respect of H&S interventions.
  • Advise and support investigations, accidents and incidents which occur and to advise on procedures to prevent recurrence. To report all accidents and incidents (as classified under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) to the relative authorities and senior management.
  • To keep a record of all investigations, accidents and incidents on the H&S system.
  • To prepare statistical records and analyses of H&S reports for management review and the deployment of accident/risk prevention measures.
  • To keep abreast of external factors which may affect the University including the interpretation of current and forthcoming Health & Safety legislation and regulatory requirements, including professional codes of practice, sector guidance, advising on its application of University policies, procedures, activities and practices.
  • To establish and maintain a system of safety inspections/audits in conjunction with responsible managers for building, equipment, practices and personnel to ensure compliance with Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and any other relevant legislation, statutory instruments and codes of practise which are applicable. Advise the university on the appropriate application of CDM regulations for all works
  • To establish and maintain a permit to work or suitable control measures for all maintenance and contract works.
  • To liaise with managers as appropriate in monitoring the activities of contractors working on behalf of the University, to ensure compliance with statutory regulations, Codes of Practice and safe working procedures. 
  • To conduct generic Risk Assessments across the University as required in the development, review and maintenance of a University H&S system; advising and supporting managers in undertaking the risk assessment process in their areas of responsibility.
  • To be responsible for the co-ordination of trained First Aiders on campus.
  • To work with HR colleagues in relation to interventions such as H&S related health, stress and disability assessments to promote a safe and healthy working environment.
  • To participate in the identification of training needs within the University, such training to relate mainly (but not exclusively) to health and safety at work and as such participate in the evaluation and monitoring of training and developmental activities in liaison with colleagues.
  • To design, organise and deliver H&S training to meet the identified training needs a requires in liaison with colleagues.
  • To be an active member of the University Wellbeing, Health & Safety Committee and represent the H&S function providing information, reports, advice and guidance on all matters related to Health & Safety; including information and reports to the University leadership team and Council where appropriate.
  • The post holder has a responsibility to ensure that policies and procedures are followed and that staff received appropriate induction, training and support.
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as may be responsibly directed.
  • In accordance with the University’s Information Security Policy, the post holder will be dealing with ‘restricted information’ and ‘highly restricted information’ as part of their duties.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Chartered member of IOSH or equivalent body.
  • Trained to HSE standards in specific aspects of H&S regulations e.g. manual handling, COSHH etc
  • In the context of UK health and safety best practice and legislation:
  • Significant experience of advising on health and safety in an organisation with a broad risk profile.
  • Excellent knowledge of current health and safety practice and legislation, along with experience of writing policies, standards and risk assessments.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Health & Safety legislation e.g. H&S at Work Act 1974, Working Time regulations
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of asbestos, CDM and fire regulations
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively and appropriately both verbally and in writing with groups and individuals throughout the organisation and its stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with good networking abilities
  • Demonstrable organisational skills with effective prioritising skills
  • Demonstrable ability to devise and implement effective systems and processes ensuring dissemination to all stakeholders
  • Computer literate and digitally competent including use of databases and digital media
  • Understanding of and ability to maintain absolute business confidentiality

To Apply

If you feel you are a suitable candidate and would like to join the team at the Royal Agricultural University, then please submit an Application Form together with the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which can be found on their website.

RAU are an equal opportunities employer and they welcome applications from candidates of all ethnic backgrounds.

Application Closing Date: 8th January 2024

Interviews: 19th January 2024

Location: Cirencester
Salary: £37,099 to £44,262 per annum dependent on experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
   
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