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Senior Safety Officer

Location: TAUNTON, SOMERSET Salary: 14.81 - 18.91 GBP Per Hour
Sector: Property & Construction Job Type: Temporary
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: about 1 year ago Reference: 3039224

Grade 10
Main Responsibilities & Duties

Delivers a predominantly advisory role that can affect the resourcing of establishments and the personal health, safety and welfare of staff, clients and members of the public.

May engender significant changes to equipment, processes and service delivery and can act as direct controller to prevent harm from occurring to all persons, staff, clients and members of the public.

May develop specific areas of H&S related knowledge and skill in order to fulfil one or more specific roles required within the Council.  

Exercises corporate powers to enter unhindered and intervene as required or as delegated by the Strategic Manager or Principal Safety Officer

Examples of work to be carried out are as follows, however, this will fluctuate depending on the reactive workload at any one time:

Preparation and delivery of H&S training courses to clients at appropriate levels; e.g. externally accredited courses
Presentations on H & S issues;
Undertakes professional site inspections and audits requiring specific knowledge to satisfy current statutory requirements, SCC Policies and report generation;
Carries out Accident Investigations as directed
Produces Guidance, Circulars, Codes of Practice, draft Policies
Supports designated Services or contracts
May be responsible for the Line Management of junior Personnel as designated
Participates in a number of corporate or service level projects (e.g. manual handling within a department) and more than one Unit function (e.g. COSHH, non-ionising radiation)
Provides routine Duty Officer support in connection with all enquiries to the CHSU help-line
Participates in working groups as directed, e.g. LEV, Noise at Work, Asbestos.

Understands, upholds and promotes the aims of the Council’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies; health, safety and wellbeing of self and others; and Organisational values in everything you do. (Equality and Diversity practice covers both interaction with staff, service users and communities and includes challenging discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all.)

Contacts & Relationships

Deals directly with establishment Managers and Governors for which influencing and motivational skills are required.

May direct minor project work and monitor contracts.

Tact, diplomacy, personal sensitivity and discretion are needed at all times when dealing with clients, contractors and the public.

In conjunction with the Unit Manager or Team Leader liaises with the relevant enforcing body (i.e. HSE, Fire Authority) to provide additional factual detail

Representation on an SCC working group

Assists in bid preparation and procurement processes for internal and external clients.

Monitors and influences designated departmental H & S planning and issues by way of attendance at meetings at all levels, by phone or by correspondence

May deal occasionally with elected members in response to enquiries

Supports Insurance Section and their nominated legal representatives in relation to Employers’ Liability and Public Liability claims made against SCC.


Contributes to the service by indirect impact upon the budget to about 1% e.g. of a Secondary School budget.

May control small projects up to £5K

Clients in the 100’s to 1,000s range – this includes pupils.

Typically deals with establishment level or below, e.g. medium sized school.
Management of junior staff – typically 2 staff


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