Assistant Health and Safety Advisor – Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service – an organisation with a purpose. Built on values and driven by our people, we make a positive contribution to the communities we serve, where you can see and feel the difference your contribution makes. Begin your rewarding career today!

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Health and Safety professional to join our Health and Safety department.

You will assist in the delivery of Service’s Health and Safety Support function, and you will support the Health and Safety Advisor in providing expert guidance and support in all matters related to health and safety. You will also assist in the design and delivery of health and safety related training for Service personnel.

In this role you will:

  • Provide informed professional advice and guidance to all levels of management and personnel regarding compliance with health and safety legislation and best practices specific to the fire and rescue service.
  • Act as the principal ‘competent person’ in the absence of the Health and Safety Advisor, ensuring adherence to the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and assisting in fulfilling statutory duties and best practices.
  • Assist in delivering effective health and safety information, instruction, and training, including conducting health and safety-based courses and modules for service members.
  • Support the completion of risk assessments for general work activities and specialised areas such as manual handling, hazardous substances etc.
  • Lead on assessments for Manual Handling (MH) and noise, conducting initial assessments and reviewing existing ones.
  • Participate in health and safety inspections, performance monitoring, and auditing, ensuring outcomes are recorded, reported, and recommendations implemented.

You will have:

  • In-depth experience of conducting health and safety audits, inspections and investigations into safety events to a high standard and reporting findings through written reports
  • In-depth experience of conducting suitable and sufficient health and safety risk assessments on a range of work and specialist activities
  • In-depth experience in the delivery of training
  • In-depth experience in using Microsoft Office applications to a high standard to analyses data and produce comprehensive presentations, graphs and reports
  • Highly skilled at communicating, maintaining professional relationships across an organisation
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety legislation and practice, particularly in relation to its application within the fire and rescue service
  • To hold or attain in post, NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent within 12 months

You will also hold a current full driving licence with no pending issues and must be able to travel to other sites as and when required.

For more details on the essential criteria required for the role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Next steps

If this role is of interest, please visit our website www.bedsfire.gov.uk/careers/search for further information and to make a formal application. We ask that you include your full career history and reference your skills and experience in line with the job description and person specification within your application and supporting statement.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 13th June 2024

Join us in contributing to the safety and wellbeing of our community.

We are an equal opportunities employer that welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Adults, Children and Young People and all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

Salary: £33,024 per annum rising to £35,745 per annum

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 3 2024

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