Health and Safety Advisor

  • Northern Ireland
  • Temporary
  • Belfast
  • £17.53

Bluestones Staffing

Main purpose of job

To be responsible to the Assistant Corporate Health and Safety Managers on Health and Safety matters for the Corporate Health and Safety Unit and Belfast City Council.

To contribute to the ongoing development, delivery and review of an effective corporate health and safety service and strategy which will enable the council to achieve the highest possible standards in health and safety, meet the challenges associated with the delivery of health and safety excellence in a complex and diverse organisation and ensure compliance with its statutory and best practice obligations.

The corporate health and safety strategy encompasses (but is not restricted to) the:

  1. Corporate Health and Safety Policy
  2. Corporate Health and Safety Management System (policies, procedures, guidance, forms, templates, information management systems)
  3. Corporate Health and Safety Risk Register
  4. Corporate Health and Safety Assurance Framework
  5. Annual Corporate Health and Safety Plan (including the corporate health and safety priorities, objectives and performance indicators)
  6. Annual Unit Business Plan (including the health and safety inspection programme, fire risk assessment programme, corporate health and safety training programme)

To ensure the health, safety and welfare of council employees and others affected by council activities through the efficient and effective delivery of specific work activities allocated to the postholder.

Essential criteria

Qualification, driving licence and experience

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

  • have a third level qualification in a relevant subject such as Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health, NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent qualification;
  • have a full, current driving licence which enables them to drive in Northern Ireland, and a car available for official business, or, [1]access to a form of transport which enables them to meet the requirements of the post in full; and
  • be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year’s relevant experience in a health and safety role, in each of the following three areas:

(a)   providing advice on the application of health and safety legislation;

(b)   conducting health and safety inspections, audits and accident investigations; and

(c)   preparing and delivering health and safety training courses.

[1] Please be advised that this alternative is a ‘reasonable adjustment’ specifically for applicants with disabilities who, as a result of their disability, are unable to hold a full, current driving licence.  However, please be advised that, given the business need for the postholder to interact with all departments within the council, organise and attend seminars / events, and carry out on-site audits, the ‘reasonableness’ of this adjustment will be thoroughly considered prior to any appointment being made.

Short-listing criteria  

In addition to the above qualification, driving licence and experience, Belfast City Council reserves the right to shortlist only those applicants who, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

  • in the first instance, can demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least two years’ relevant experience in a health and safety role in each of the above noted three areas (a)-(c); and
  • in the second instance, have current membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), or equivalent.

Overtime pay is available.

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