Safety Advisor - Biological

Safety Advisor - Biological

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    Health and Safety

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  • Salary:

    £45,610 - 53,757 per year

  • Contact:

    Bradley French

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  • Contact phone:

    01252 759 162

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

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I am currently assisting one of the UK’s leading Universities with a key appointment to the post of Safety Advisor. Reporting to the Head of Biological and Chemical Safety and working alongside other safety advisors and specialists, the main purpose of the role is to provide advice, assurance and assistance on safety matters to departments across the University.

You will help develop, monitor and review safety strategies, management systems, policies, procedures and standards as well as provide safety training and coaching. Ideally with knowledge and practical experience of activities involving biological sciences/biosafety in a research environment.

You will have the relevant safety professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate leadership, the ability to persuade, negotiate and influence and must have an ability to derive realistic, practical, workable, and cost-effective solutions to improve safety management.

The appointed Safety Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the Director of Safety Services in the delivery of Safety Services aims, objectives and agreements including the production and maintenance of Safety Policy, Codes of Practice, Guidance and arrangements.
  • Acting as the focal point of contact and advisor for the assigned Departments for safety issues.
  • Assisting Departmental Safety Officers and other nominated safety persons in the maintenance and development of arrangements for the management of health and safety.
  • Delivering safety training and coaching as required by the Safety Training Plan under the direction of the Safety Training Manager.
  • Acting as specialist advisor/assessor as required.
  • Conducting audits and inspections etc. as required.
  • Investigating accidents/incidents and report findings.
  • Promoting, at the departmental level, awareness of the arrangements for the management of health and safety and the implementation thereof including safety training.

The ideal candidate for the Safety Advisor role will:

  • Be educated to degree level in a science related subject and/or suitably qualified with extensive (minimum of five years) relevant experience in a similar role.
  • Hold a professional qualification i.e., Chartered IOSH or similarly recognised qualification.
  • Previous experience of managing health and safety in a substantial and complex organisation.
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of health and safety legislation with detailed knowledge of the implementation of the CDM Regulations.
  • CSCS (Manager/Health and Safety Manager/ Professional Person grade).
  • Experience of working in a health and safety role in an environment with multi-disciplinary issues.
  • Experience in the development and review of procedures for the risk assessment of experimental equipment/processes/techniques.
  • Experience of the development of practical standards for equipment designed, modified or built by the researchers.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of activities involving complex process equipment and rigs especially from an engineering, chemical engineering or chemistry background.

This is a fantastic opportunity within one of the leading Russell Group Universities in the UK and will be highly sort from candidates throughout the country due to the flexible base location. To ensure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity, please apply immediately to avoid disappointment.