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Head of Health and Safety

As the head of health and safety, or health and safety director, you will be reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the senior management team to shape, agree and implement a health and safety strategy, fully integrated into all business and operation processes and supported by a competent customer focused team which embraces and promotes your positive health and safety culture. This is a position of significant importance and is there to provide assurance that risk is effectively managed through delivery of operations with an equally excellent approach to safety, reliability and consistency. 

Responsibilities

  • Provide assurance and advice to directors and senior management on health and safety issues
  • Setting and driving the implementation of a health and safety strategy in line with the businesses health and safety policy, current legislation, and local policies and procedures
  • Lead by example and actively promote the businesses health and safety vision with external stakeholders and regulators and enhance the business reputation
  • Carrying out inspection and audit functions
  • Develop a proactive and engaged health and safety team that meets the needs of the business in achieving operational excellence
  • Design, implement and maintain training and educational material to raise health and safety amongst staff and improve management understanding of health and safety practices
  • Ensuring that all incidents are reported and investigated; the type and level of investigation will depend on the severity of the incident
  • Ensuring that the relevant levels of safety monitoring/audits are carried across the business in accordance with appropriate health and safety assurance processes

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in health and safety at a senior level with a proven track record in the delivery of business objectives
  • An advanced health and safety qualification such as the NEBOSH National Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Chartered member of IOSH (CMIOSH)
  • Experience of leading and managing teams
  • Experience of being a key decision maker
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • A demonstration of continued professional development within health and safety
  • Dependent on employer, industry specific experience, such as CDM or environmental experience may be required 

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