Olympic Academies Trust

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Health and Safety Officer Vacancy

Grade 8 (£24,174 - £26,822)

Part time, Permanent – 20hrs per week,

TTO plus 10 days

Actual salary - £11,477.47 - £12,734.71

As Health and Safety Officer you will have a key role to play in developing and implementing the overall H&S strategy and priorities for the Olympus Academy Trust. Reporting to the Head of Business Operations, you will be responsible for providing competent advice and guidance to Headteachers, Governors/Trustees, Business Managers, Site Premises teams and all other Trust employees.

You will act as a role model for the culture and values of the Olympus Academy Trust and positively engage all employees. In particular you will work closely with staff to seek solutions to any Health and Safety related concerns.

This role is offered on a part time basis, working 20 hours per week on a 12 month fixed term contract, for 40 weeks per year (Term Time plus Inset days, plus 1 week within school holidays). The actual salary for the role is £11,477.47 - £12,734.71.

Key Aspects of the Job

  1. Ensure that the Trust and each individual school complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all regulations pertaining to it;
  2. Keep abreast of developments in policy and health and safety legislation to ensure the Trust/schools meet or exceeds recommended safety provision;
  • Ensure that the health and safety policy is developed, implemented, reviewed and amended as required to provide a safe working environment for staff, pupils and visitors and as necessary to comply with all applicable legislation;
  • Take independent action to amend policy or practise as legal requirements change or otherwise as circumstances dictate;
  • Take independent action to remedy problems in health and safety operation or management within the Trust/school’s agreed policy (e.g. deciding whether or not a high risk activity should be undertaken);
    1. Where there are shortcomings in compliance, take steps to adjust work practices or activities so that compliance occurs as soon as possible;
  • Resolve day to day operational difficulties in implementing policy and ensuring compliance with procedures, using judgement, tact and experience, particularly where there is stiff resistance to change in working practise or compliance with regulations;
  • Assess and anticipate likely hazards and devise appropriate solutions to minimise risks, interpreting policy and practise as appropriate in the light of experience and technical expertise;
  • Plan and organise annual audit and ad-hoc inspection and updating of safety plans, procedures and documentation covering all of the school’s activities. Monitor and drive progress against action plans;
    1. Develop and implement communication and training to increase awareness of and adherence to health and safety policy and good practice amongst all members of the Trust and to ensure appropriate levels of training and certification to meet legal requirements. Design and implement H&S E-learn modules for all staff within the Trust.
  • Provide advice and guidance to staff, influence behaviour, promote a good health and safety climate and culture and, where necessary, ensure that staff take action to comply with legal requirements, school policy or sensible good practise;
  • Ensure that all staff undergo appropriate training and maintain all records as required to ensure all staff work within the law, their abilities and maintain their competence;
    1. Ensure that suitable and sufficient risk assessments exist, are reviewed regularly and are carried out, for all Olympus Academy Trust undertakings, both for the workforce and school activities/excursions and keep records of them;
    2. Ensure that all COSHH assessments are up to date and accurate in conjunction with the Site/Premises teams;
    3. Ensure that the Trust complies with all requirements for fire regulations;
    4. Arrange or carry out training or refresher courses as and when required for first aid, manual handling, fire hazards, display screen equipment, stress or any other training that may be found to be necessary;
    5. Investigate any accidents or incidents that may occur and make any report necessary to senior management or the HSE and keep all necessary records;
    6. Make representations to Senior Management with regard to H&S issues that staff may raise;
    7. Regularly liaise with key stakeholders, reporting any issues since the last meeting, any ongoing issues, plans or expectations for the future and giving talks or explanations as required or requested;
  • Liaise effectively with the Health and Safety committees across the Trust, organising and/or attending meetings and ensuring the Trust’s focus on H&S is relevant, current and fully embraced within each school;
    1. Contribute to any budgetary matters relating to Health and Safety including the preparation of a budget submission in respect of the next academic year;
    2. Advise the Head of Operations and CEO on all matters relevant to health and

safety and prepare annual reports for the SMT of the Trust and each school for onward dissemination to the Audit & Risk Committee and local Governors, such report would include a 1 year forward plan;

  1. Plan and prioritise own work schedule to deliver the objectives of the post;
  2. Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the line manager or other SLT member.

Person Specification

  • You will hold a professional qualification in Health & Safety management

(NEBOSH certificate or equivalent)

  • Prior experience in a Health and Safety role within a similar working environment
  • You will be a team player with a positive approach to work and a can-do attitude who sees Health and Safety legislation as an opportunity to do things better and not an excuse to do nothing
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills with strong attention to detail
  • The ability to prioritise work effectively
  • Ability to work independently but also to communicate effectively at all levels and positively engage employees
  • Motivated and have the ability to take the initiative to manage tasks
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills.

To apply for this role, interested candidates are invited to request the full application pack, including Job Description and Person Specification, by contacting Jodi Hallett, Head of Human Resources at the Olympus Academy Trust.       

We are fully committed to the safeguarding and promoting of welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring check. This post is subject to the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and as such, shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a Disqualification Declaration. Any information supplied will be discussed at interview.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 4th January 2018.