Health and Safety Officer

  • Job Reference: HSE Jobs
  • Date Posted: 24 January 2024
  • Recruiter: Queens College Taunton
  • Location: Taunton
  • Salary: £30,000 to £35,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Generous benefits package
  • Sector: HSE Advisor, Officer, Health & Safety Officer
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Queen’s College, Taunton is one of the leading independent boarding schools based in the South West of the country, educating more than 600 boys and girls (day and boarding), aged 3 months to 18 years, (or educating day and boarding boys and girls aged 3 months to 18 years) and is part of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust.

An interesting opportunity has come up to work with our Estates Manager to ensure that the College implements and maintains the highest standards of health and safety practices across the site.  The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working in Health and Safety.

Job Purpose:  

The Health and Safety Officer will actively assist with the professional and proactive management of the College site with a specific responsibility for health and safety.

Main Duties: 

The Health and Safety Officer will report directly to the Estates Manager to ensure that the College implements and maintains the highest standards of health and safety practices across the site. Working directly with the estates team, the Health and Safety Officer will take responsibility for ensuring that the College processes are fully compliant with the associated regulations to ensure that the site is safe and fit for purpose.

Health and Safety

● Ensure that all Health and Safety standards across the College are maintained whilst striving for continuous improvement.

● To be the first point of contact for all Health and Safety queries.

● Be responsible for the upkeep of all Health and Safety records for the College to include but not limited to routine compliance testing and service scheduling, risk assessment reviews, manual handling and DSE assessments, HAV and Noise assessments, glazing audits and ladder inspections.

● Be responsible for routine inspection, reviewing and maintaining accurate asbestos records, including the Asbestos Management Plan, R&D surveys, Air tests etc procuring technical external support as and when required.

● COSHH assessments to be created and reviewed as required in liaison with specific departments.

● Ensure the effective implementation of recommendations, made during safety-related audits, are carried out on a priority basis.

● Keep up to date with new Health and Safety legislation and the ISI inspection framework, working with the Estates Manager to ensure the College is compliant in Estates related areas and always ready for an ISI inspection.

● Carry out routine fire checks and drills in liaison with the Estates Manager as well as taking an active role in dealing with any unplanned evacuations.

● Carry out routine site walks/audits reporting defects, offering guidance and support to staff members and making recommendations for improvements.

● Implement departmental audits tailored accordingly to assist with the smooth running of each department with health and safety at the fore.

● Lead on health and safety related training initiatives.

● Create training reports to enable Managers to ensure compliance is maintained by their team members.

● Contribute to the review and improvement of health and safety related policies in conjunction with the Estates Manager.

● Take an active role in the overall site security.

● Use knowledge and experience to support colleagues in the general running of the grounds and premises. 

● Support the day-to-day management of our minibus and site vehicle fleet as required.

● Manage the best fuel card solution.

● Ensure that suitable protective clothing and equipment are adequate, available and recorded as required.

● Oversee external contractors around the site and carry out site inductions where necessary including inspection and sign-off of risk assessments and method statements.

● Support the Events department to ensure they can safely deliver residential lettings and other events in a compliant manner.

● Be an active member of the College Health and Safety Committee and Critical Incident team.

● Deputise for the Estates Manager whenever necessary.


● Coordinate waste and recycling initiatives to reduce overall waste production whilst implementing solutions that are responsible and cost-effective.

● In conjunction with the College community, identify opportunities to work towards reducing our carbon footprint.

● Liaise with student Eco-teams to educate and encourage student-led initiatives where possible.

● Review and recommend improvements to the quality and appearance of the College campus.

Additional Duties:

To undertake such additional duties as may be reasonably required commensurate with the level of responsibility within the College at the initial place of work

Child Protection and Safeguarding:

Queen's College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and with the DBS.  We embrace diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred.  This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child (KCSiE 2023).

Person Specification:


● Suitable qualifications and demonstrable experience of working in Health and Safety.

● NEBOSH certification would be advantageous but not essential.

● Expertise in any of the following would be advantageous:

➔ Fire Safety

➔ Asbestos

➔ Legionella

➔ Pool Plant Operations or pool management




➔ RIDDOR reporting and investigations

You must comply with the Queen's College Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and the requirement to report any concerns relating to the safety or welfare of children.

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