Health and Safety Adviser

Derby City Council
Date Posted
6th June 2018
Health & Social Care
£14 to £16 Per Hour

Job Purpose 

  • To provide an effective, proactive, objective and flexible health and safety advisory service to Council directorates and linked organisations, such as schools and the Derby Museums Trust, to ensure they comply with statutory legal duties and Council policies and procedures to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of employees, contractors, the public and others affected by work activities.
  • Specific departmental responsibilities and workload will be allocated.  However, these are subject to revision given changing structures, risk priorities and career development needs.


Main Responsibilities 

  • Act as a nominated competent person for the Council under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure professional, effective, proactive and objective advice is given to all Council employees, managers, directorates and linked organisations to enable them to meet their statutory health and safety, H&S, requirements.  This includes carrying out continuous professional development, CPD, activities to maintain professional competencies and develop specialist knowledge.
  • Advise managers on implementing corporate health and safety policies effectively to ensure the Council and linked organisations meet their statutory requirements. 
  • Develop, review and implement, in conjunction with managers, directorate, departmental and job specific health and safety policies, standards, procedures and safe systems of work to ensure employees work safely and comply with legal requirements.  This will include assessing the implications of new legislation, guidance and best practice. 
  • Develop constructive working relationships with senior managers, managers/supervisors, employees, trade unions and Council Members to promote a positive health and safety culture within the Council and linked organisations. 
  • Carry out health and safety investigations, including those for accidents and incidents, to identify health and safety failures and make recommendations for improvement to prevent a recurrence, and ensure the Council and linked organisations meet their legal duties. 
  • Monitor by planned and unplanned inspection and audit Council policies, procedures, standards and systems of work within directorates and linked organisations to check H&S compliance and make recommendations for improvement. 
  • Contribute to corporate health and safety policy development. 
  • Provide, organise and deliver health and safety training and evaluate its success and effectiveness.  This includes contributing to and delivering mandatory health and safety training courses. 
  • Consult and negotiate on health and safety issues with trade union health and safety representatives and other stakeholders to meet legal requirements and support partnership working, including through Joint Consultative Committees. 
  • Provide performance management information for health and safety activities. 
  • Help to build effective, supportive and professional working relationships within the Health and Safety Team.  This includes working flexibly within the team to provide effective cover. 
  • Represent the Council on national and regional health and safety forums and liaise with relevant outside agencies, such as the Health and Safety Executive, HSE, Care Quality Commission, CQC, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, DFRS, and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Ofsted. 
  • Advise on the health and safety aspects of tenders and contracts and their pre-qualification questionnaires, and evaluate the subsequent submissions from internal and external organisations. 
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and monitoring of the Health and Safety Team’s sold services’ packages. 
  • Participate in the team’s duty officer arrangements to ensure appropriate cover is maintained for the helpdesk and essential support tasks. 
  • Participate in the introduction, maintenance and development of new systems, including computer based, aimed at securing improvements in service delivery. 
  • Understand and comply with the City Council’s environmental policies. 
  • Comply with all health and safety policies and legislation in performance of the duties of the post. 
  • Work with information technology and associated systems in accordance with the City Council’s policies and procedures. 
  • Comply with standing orders, financial regulations and departmental instructions. 
  • Carry out duties and responsibilities of the post in compliance with the City Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy. 
  • Take part in the Council’s Managing Individual Performance Scheme. 


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