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Head of Health & Safety

Hays Property & Surveying
Scotland, Glasgow
£49000.00 - £56000.00 per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Health & Safety / Cabinet Office/ Glasgow/ Vacancy

Your new company

Hays are delighted to be partnering with The Cabinet Office to assist them in recruiting a Head of Health & Safety to be based at their brand new Glasgow office.

The Cabinet Office People and Places Directorate partner with the people who run government and deliver on the most challenging agenda. Their clients shape our country: overseeing the government's major projects, transforming how the government operates, contributing to the development of our functional agenda, to name just a few examples. The Cabinet office provide a professional and strategic HR offer for the business that delivers an organisation of the right shape and structure, with the right staff, with the right skills, and the right capability to deliver its objectives

Your new role

The Head of Health and Safety will be responsible for the review, development, implementation and monitoring of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Management Systems, to ensure that the safety of staff, visitors and contractors, in alignment with current Health and Safety, Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) and associated legislation/ best practice.

Cabinet Office has a diverse estate and operates across multiple locations throughout the UK.. The Head of HS will be responsible for building and maintaining a broad portfolio of stakeholder relationships across the estate to ensure they have adequate assurance and that risks and issues are managed appropriately. This year a priority will be looking at where we can improve and modernise our function. The Head of HS will lead this drive, considering opportunities to automate and improve. This will include building relationships with peers and stakeholders in other Government Departments and beyond to share best practice and knowledge.

  • Review and develop Cabinet Office health and safety and fire safety policies, procedures and activities, and ensure that Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Management is implemented consistently across the organisation and that legislative compliance is achieved and maintained.

  • Monitor, evaluate and review existing, new and upcoming Health and Safety legislation and ensure that the organisation has systems and procedures in place to fully meet legal compliance requirements.

  • Work proactively with managers and other key staff to establish and maintain a programme of continuous improvement in the management of Health and Safety within their areas of responsibility, which includes conducting regular audits and inspections. Develop effective relationships at all levels across the organisation, and with third parties, in order to drive a positive health and safety culture.

  • Effectively manage a programme of proactive monitoring ensuring workplace inspections, safety tours and risk assessments are completed and control measures implemented.

  • Work with stakeholders to agree areas for improvement and agree appropriate corrective action and deadlines for closures; project manage those improvement plans as necessary.

  • Ensure the health and safety team assists fully with fire risk assessments process according to an agreed schedule and in line with legal requirements.

  • Work with L&D to deliver a suitable H&S training for staff at all levels of the Department for areas within your remit.

  • Lead investigations into serious accidents, incidents, or complaints as appropriate.

  • Take responsibility for ensuring that the Health and Safety team maintain the accident and 'near miss' database and prepare reports for Committee and related senior management, using statistical and other analytical tools. Inform the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of accidents or incidents that require notification (RIDDOR).

  • Seek assurance by GPA / Landlord of the planning and implementation of fire drills and other evacuation procedures, in line with emergency planning and business continuity requirements.

  • Ensure that appropriate records are maintained in compliance with legal requirements, e.g. COSHH, and that necessary notices are displayed and reviewed.

  • Work with the team within your line management chain to ensure training is in place as necessary for Health and Safety. Design and deliver training sessions on key areas of Cabinet Office activities in relation to Health and Safety and support the delivery of other training programmes, including new staff inductions.

  • Ensure there is good governance in place for Health and Safety. Actively promote a safe environment throughout the Cabinet Office.

  • Attend regular update training on Health and Safety legislation, ensuring the CPD is correctly maintained, and ensure CPD and qualifications effectively maintained for your team. Lead, manage and develop your team effectively in line with best practice, policy and procedure.

  • Ensure compliance with, and implementation of, all Cabinet Office policies and procedures that impact on the delivery of effective Health and Safety systems, including Data Protection (GDPR).

  • Inform, instruct and update senior management on legislative changes and on health and safety performance on a regular basis.

  • Ensure your team acts as the central contact point for Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Management advice, making sure there is a system for good customer service, high quality and speedy responses that are prioritised as necessary.

  • Ensure there is provision in place for guidance on procuring workplace adjustments and that clear processes are in place to ensure workplace adjustments requirements can be assessed and solutions can be smoothly and efficiently procured.

What you'll need to succeed

You should hold one or be working towards one of the following qualifications:

Degree or MA in related subject matter to the role
NEBOSH Diploma level 6
NCRQ Diploma level 6
NVQ Level 5
IOSH Graduate working towards CMIOSH

Memberships You should hold or be working towards one of the following Professional Memberships:

CMIOSH (Charter Institute Occupational Health)
FIIRSM (Fellow International Institute Risk Safety Management)
CIEH ( Chartered Institute Environmental Health)

What you'll get in return

Flexible working options available.

* Learning and development tailored to your role.
* An environment with flexible working options.
* A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
* A Civil Service Pension which provides an attractive pension, benefits for dependants and average employer contributions of 27%.
* A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30.

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