Health and Safety Advisor

  • Job Reference: HSEJobs
  • Date Posted: 7 April 2021
  • Recruiter: Bright Horizons
  • Location: Field based with travel as necessary
  • Salary: £30,000 to £40,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: plus car allowance
  • Sector: Health & Safety Advisor, Health & Safety Officer
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Health and Safety Advisor

Salary Banding: £30,000 - £40,000 plus car allowance

Hours: Full time working 37.5 hours Monday- Friday

Location: Field based with travel as necessary 

Purpose of Role:


The Health and Safety Advisor is responsible for providing assurance to the company that its health, safety, environmental, early years and other compliance policies, procedures and requirements are applied across operations and support functions consistently and effectively to mitigate risks and fulfil our Keeping Everyone Safe responsibilities. 

The Health and Safety Advisor provides this independent assurance through conducting internal audits, working in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, continuously learning from the audits, and recommending improvement solutions for audit processes and risk mitigation.  

The Health and Safety Advisor will advise, support and coach nursery managers and other colleagues in Keeping Everyone Safe best practice.

The Health and Safety Advisor will support the Health and Safety Manager in general Keeping Everyone Safe work as directed, including but not limited to carrying out and managing investigations including accidents, incidents and dietary, providing advice for general H&S enquiries and undertaking  inspections etc.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

To support the H & S Manager in the development of health and safety policies and procedures
To support the H & S Manager in ensuring that key health and safety messages are communicated to nurseries and the support functions in a timely and effective manner i.e. KES Newsletter, attendance in regional meetings
To support nurseries in developing robust risk assessments
To support nurseries in developing an embedded positive health and safety culture.
Keeping Everyone Safe by continuously improving the practices, processes and behaviours that underpin a safety culture.
Setting the highest standards of behaviour consistent with the HEART principles.
Complete accurate Keeping Everyone Safe audits within allocated time frame.  Effectively communicate the key findings and actions
Continuously monitor progression and closure of open/risk items via the audit software.
Develop and maintain strong and positive relationships with key stakeholders working in collaboration and maintain a thorough knowledge of the business and regulatory environment.
Support company project activities with the aim to improve internal control measures and risk mitigation.
Make sure the Keeping Everyone Safe Audit is up to date in relation to Health & Safety regulation and standards.
Work collaboratively with other key stakeholders in the business to

Responsible for:

Providing assurance to the company that its health, safety, environmental and other compliance policies, procedures and requirements are applied across operations and support functions consistently and effectively to mitigate risks and fulfil our Keeping Everyone Safe responsibilities. 
Providing independent assurance through conducting internal audits, working in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, continuously learning from the audits, and recommending improvement solutions for audit processes and risk mitigation.  
Advising, supporting and coaching nursery managers and other colleagues in Keeping Everyone Safe best practice.

Essential Experience:

Worked in a Health and Safety Role or worked in a Childcare Environment
Proven track record in effectively undertaking the key tasks to the role, leading best practice and making a difference.
Being able to work independently and prioritise.

Experience Desirable:

Childcare/ Education sector
Multi-site company
Structured audit environment
Ability to use the audit software and analyse the results and recommend any actions
Timeliness and accuracy of audit delivery and reporting
Closing out identified risk areas and effectiveness of supporting activities

Qualifications:

OHSAS: Internal Auditor Certificate (desirable)
NEBOSH Certificate (essential)
GRAD IOSH or working towards (desirable)
Level 3 Food Safety Hygiene (desirable)
Level 3 Early Years Qualification (desirable)

Personal attributes:

Excellent influencer, change-maker and effective communicator (oral and in writing)
Highly motivated and driven, achieving positive impact and meeting deadlines
Ability to build trust and develop cohesive teams – strong empathy, clear expectations and fair-minded
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with staff at all levels. 
High energy and thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a calm approach and ‘can-do’ attitude
Encourages colleagues to realise their potential and empowers high performers
Able to use data and numerical detail effectively to implement improvements
Due to the multi – site structure, an ability to travel within the UK, including occasional overnight stays; flexibility to work at home or from a regional office as required

We look forward to receiving your application!

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application that you disclose any information requested in respect of applicable convictions and cautions (including, as applicable any reprimands or final warnings). This post may be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, in which case applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act unless the conviction or caution is “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Any such ‘protected’ conviction or caution is not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. All guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found in the DBS filtering collection, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-filtering-guidance. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this role but any failure to disclose any such information will result in dismissal or disciplinary action.