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Safety Advisor Job description

Job Purpose-Safety Advisor Job description


Safety Advisor Job description to provide advice, assurance and assistance on safety matters to departments across in relation to building projects, maintenance and estates

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Key Responsibilities-Safety Advisor Job description


The following is not intended to describe exhaustively the duties of the post, but to give a summary of the duties and responsibilities involved in the role and in achieving the primary purpose of the post, as outlined above.


- Assist management in the delivery of Safety Services aims, objectives and agreements including the production and maintenance of Safety Policy, Codes of Practice, Guidance and arrangements.


-Act as the focal point of contact and advisor for the assigned Departments for safety issues.


-Assist Departmental Safety Officers and other nominated safety persons in the maintenance and development of arrangements for the management of health and safety.


-Deliver safety training and coaching as required by the Safety Training Plan under the direction of the Safety Training Manager.


-Act as specialist advisor/assessor as required.


-Conduct audits and inspections etc. as required.


-Investigate accidents/incidents and report findings.


-Promote, at the departmental level, awareness of the arrangements for the management of health and safety and the implementation thereof including safety training.


-Provide appropriate guidance, information performance reports relevant to the assigned Departments.



-Liaise with key specialists and managers in relation to the management of safety.


-Liaise with enforcement agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency etc. as required.


-Provide emergency assistance as required during major incidents.


-Familiarise themself with the layout of buildings and the activities carried out therein.


-Attend relevant staff meetings and attend, deliver and support where appropriate staff development training sessions internally and externally as required that both support and develop role.


-Maintain an awareness and observation of statutory regulations in respect of premises including Fire and Health and Safety Regulations.




-Uphold the Equal Opportunities Policy and other policies.


-Such other duties as may be required and which are consistent with the duties of the post outlined.


As a Safety Advisor with a specialism in construction and facilities maintenance:


o act as the focal point of contact and advice for all construction and maintenance related safety issues


o guide Officers to fulfil their roles in relation to the CDM Regulations and other relevant safety construction regulations pertaining to construction projects. Support projects at all key stages, feasibility, design, tender, on site and handover


o oversee the safety monitoring by Safety Services of construction and maintenance works and conduct audits and inspections etc as required


o review investigation reports and where necessary investigate accidents/incidents and ensure that accident reports are prepared and recorded on riskNET


o provide construction safety advice to the Estates Project Officers in relation to their projects through the project process



o review activities and procedures being undertaken by Estates in relation to compliance with Health and Safety legislative requirements. Oversee implementation of improvements where necessary


Knowledge Skills Experience and Education-Safety Advisor Job description


Qualifications, experience and knowledge


Educated to degree level in a science related subject and/or suitably qualified with extensive (minimum of five years) relevant experience in a similar role.


Hold a professional qualification i.e. Chartered IOSH or similarly recognised qualification.


Previous experience of managing health and safety in a substantial and complex organisation.


Evidence of ongoing CPD.


Comprehensive knowledge of health and safety legislation with detailed knowledge of the implementation of the CDM Regulations.


CSCS (Manager/Health and Safety Manager/ Professional Person grade).



Experience of working in a health and safety role in an environment with multi-disciplinary issues.


Experience in the development and review of procedures for the risk assessment of experimental equipment/processes/techniques.


Experience of the development of practical standards for equipment designed, modified or built by the researchers.


Knowledge and practical experience of activities involving complex process equipment and rigs especially from an engineering, chemical engineering or chemistry background.


Skills and abilities


  • Good planning and organisational skills with the ability to work under pressure.

  • Computer literate with database skills including working knowledge of relevant applications.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills in order to work with, provide advice to, train and promote excellence in health and safety to staff at all levels.

  • Self-motivated, able to manage and prioritise own workload and work flexibly to agreed deadlines.

  • Proactive with good ability to initiate projects and activities which will improve health and safety performance.

  • Ability to work on own initiative, take independent decisions and to provide advice and input to others on a wide range of health and safety related matters.

  • Committed to your own ongoing professional and personal development.

  • Willingness and aptitude to learn new skills and to continually develop the role.

  • Post-graduate qualification in a health and safety related subject.

  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate

  • Knowledge and or basic understanding of business continuity issues

  • Experience of working in listed buildings

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