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Trainee Health and Safety Advisor

Suffolk County Council
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24 June 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £25,991 (pro rata for part time)
  • 37 hours per week (part time options may be considered)
  • Permanent

Supporting Statement

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Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Safety, Health and Wellbeing Team as a Trainee Health and Safety Advisor, working from Constantine House, Ipswich.

As a H&S team we provide both oversight, guidance, assurance and support to the strategic planning of Health, Safety and Wellbeing (SHAW) within the Senior Leadership Team and as Health, Safety and Wellbeing advisors support the Directorate Management Teams and their SHAW Steering Groups to embed a culture of exemplary SHAW across all functions of SCC.

  • do you have recent experience of Health & Safety (H&S) Management systems, H&S Audits, Accident and Incident investigations?
  • would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role?
  • are you passionate about making a positive difference to the Safety, Health and Wellbeing of all SCC colleagues, contractors, visitors and members of the public in Suffolk?

In this role you will:

  • be part of a dynamic Health and Safety team that provides H&S advise to all Directorates within SCC (including Local Authority Maintained Schools)
  • receive clear support, instruction and supervision whilst developing in role
  • gain skills and knowledge from other senior team members that will be able to support your ongoing learning and development with the role.

Your responsibilities

  • the main purpose of this role is split into two broad areas; firstly, to support the Children and Young People Services (CYP) directorate and second to positively contribute to the Corporate SCC H&S agenda as a member of the Corporate H&S team
  • to provide technical health and safety advice and guidance to managers and supervisors within CYP
  • review H&S audits within CYP and escalate as necessary potential weaknesses in directorate health and safety controls and/or breaches of legislation
  • contribute to the development and implementation of directorate policies, guidance, action plans and strategies, consulting with stakeholders as required and monitoring progress
  • participate in and contribute to incident investigations and develop recommendation for improvements and ensure that with advice from the CYP strategic lead those statutory reports such as Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) reports
  • to assist with specialist risk assessments; conducting research and investigations to identify safe systems of work
  • improve the behavioural safety culture into a self-empowered, safety aware culture ensuring that it takes proper control of all risks but does not become risk averse
  • assist in advising the Health & Safety Lead, Assistant Director and locality managers of management arrangements in relationship to health and safety at all the CYP staffed premise locations throughout the county.

You will need to:

  • demonstrate personal values aligned to our corporate 'We Aspire' values
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • be able to work both independently and in collaboration with our Health & Safety colleagues and partner agencies to promote the Safety, Health and Wellbeing of all SCC Councillors and colleagues
  • be able to create an atmosphere of trust, respect and dignity when providing support to others.

The team

The team is made up of Health and Safety Advisors covering a variety of skills and knowledge which supports all Health, safety and Wellbeing support across varied Directorates and Services within SCC. As a Trainee Health & Safety Wellbeing Advisor you will proactively support the lead Assistant Director (AD) with the responsibility for leading on health and safety within the CYP directorate whilst working closely with the Head of Health and Safety and the Senior H&S CYP / Schools H&S Advisor, ensuring that SCC strategic & CYP Health & Safety vision is successfully translated into effective action plans.

We will offer you:

  • The successful candidate, will on completion of any probation period, undertake Continuous Personal Development in working towards gaining the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Diploma (level 6) in Occupational Health & Safety. It is expected this will take no more than 2 years and once qualified you will become a grade 6 Health and Safety Advisor.

Travelling requirements for your role

Infrequent Travel - This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but on occasions, there may be a requirement for you to travel using reasonable and suitable means available to you and agreed by the authority.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Mike Leake Head of Health and Safety on (01473) 260596

To apply and for more information, please follow this link and take note of the application instructions.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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