Health & Safety Officers

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Job Description

  • Key Responsibilities

    • Policies
      • Work with management across all sites to develop and maintain practical and effective policies and procedures for all sites in Ireland
      • Ensure that policies are implemented throughout all sites – travelling regularly between the sites.
      • Conduct regular reviews of policies and procedures to ensure they are practical and fully aligned with business needs and relevant legislation.
      • Keep up to date with new legislation and maintain a working knowledge of all Health and Safety legislation and any developments that affect the employer's industry.
      • Advise on a range of specialist areas, e.g. fire regulations, hazardous substances, noise, safeguarding machinery and occupational diseases.
      • Ensure emergency response procedures are maintained and updated as required.
    • Risk Assessments
      • Ensure that all activities across all Irish sites have robust and up-to-date risk assessments.
      • Assess workplace hazards considering how risks could be eliminated or reduced and formulate preventative measures together with management.
      • Develop and implement standard operating procedures with management to ensure that all risks are appropriately managed.
      • Ensure adequate H&S controls are incorporated into design specifications for equipment upgrades and installation.
      • Assess all site construction projects and notify the HSE as appropriate.


    • Systems and Procedures
      • Together with the SHEQ Manager for Scotland, develop, implement and manage Group wide H&S systems to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
      • Develop and implement H&S procedures to support the Group, working closely with the site management; the SHEQ Manager and the Head of Group Operations.
    • Training & Awareness
      • Work closely with the Group HR Manager to actively promote and prioritise a safe working environment for our people, ensuring contracts are up to date.
      • Support Project Managers by ensuring adequate method statements and inductions are carried out with contractors.
      • Lead in-house training with managers and employees about health and safety issues and risks to ensure that work activities are carried out in a safe manner.
      • Maintain Health and Safety training records.
      • Ensure that new employees receive timely inductions prior to commencing their role.
      • Conduct an annual assessment of H&S needs and advise managers on training requirements to ensure compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
    • Audit and Inspection
      • Conduct regular site inspections to check policies and procedures are being implemented.
      • Organise and control regular random safety inspection audits of all areas, record, analyse and report on the results, and suggest improvements.
      • Work with all relevant regulators who audit and inspect sites and activities.
      • Responsible for quality certification in the timber frame business.
      • Inspect building sites where the business erects timber frame houses.
      • Support the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) audit.
      • Where required, ensure that remedial actions are managed through to completion.
    • Incidents
      • Investigate and record any incident, accident or dangerous occurrences.
      • Assist as required with insurers’ audits and enquiries.
      • Liaise with third parties such as HSE, Brokers and Insurance investigators throughout the process, as appropriate.
      • Ensure accurate and appropriate records are maintained and assemble documentation as required.
    • Management Plan
      • Design, implement and maintain a management plan in accordance with relevant standards for a heavy production environment.
      • Work with the SHEQ Manager in Scotland to develop an annual Health and Safety Plan for the Group to ensure the business maintain compliance with applicable regulations.
      • Assist site management in the delivery of their safety plans.
      • Manage the H&S plan and ensure all initiative owners deliver as per the agreed timelines.
    • Reporting
      • Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required for internal and external stakeholders to insure compliance with company and statutory requirements.

    Desired Competencies

    • Highly organized individual with excellent attention to detail and great accuracy.
    • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and effectively time-manage.
    • An observant and analytical personality with excellent problem-solving skills.
    • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to give instruction to site personnel.
    • Ability to deliver training and presentations to groups.
    • Embodies ‘safety first culture’ with a commitment to continuous improvement.
    • A “can do” work ethic with an ability to work on their own initiative.
    • Passion, energy, a strong work ethic and a commitment to travelling.
    • Open to change with a capacity to deal with uncertainty and a constantly evolving industry.

    Desired Qualifications and Experience

    • Diploma in Health & Safety management.
    • Minimum of 5 years’ Health & Safety experience with at least 3 years manufacturing experience, ideally in a heavy industry sector.
    • Experience as a PSCS or Safety Officer in the construction industry would be an advantage.
    • Knowledge of BS OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 standards in a heavy production environment is important, and environment (ISO 14001) and quality (ISO 9000) would be an advantage.
    • Excellent report writing and numerical skills with proficiency in MS Office.
    • Full clean driving licence.
    • Proficiency in the English language is a requirement as is eligibility to work in Ireland.
    • Experienced in all areas of Health & Safety including maintaining policies, assessing risks, training, audits & inspection, dealing with incidents and reporting


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Amy Casey

Recruitment Consultant 021 4944873
  • Salary: 55000 - 65000
  • Location:Cork
  • Type:Permanent
  • Category:Construction