H&S Officer

£21.00 - £30.50 per hour

Job description

Are you a H&S professional with a good mechancial engineering level of understanding? Are you available for an interim assignment in one of the world's most respected universities, University College London?

Please review the outline below and send me your cv or get in touch to discuss the role further?

Main purpose of the job

The UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering has an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching within areas including energy and the environment, Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture and Engineering in the world of medicine.

Due to expansion, the department now requires a professionally qualified full time Health and Safety Officer to lead the Department in providing a safe environment for all staff, students, visitors and contractors in their daily activities.

Working on a number of sites including Bloomsbury, King's Cross and Harwell the role holder will get to understand the activities ongoing within the Department and advise on and ensure that best practice is taking place.

The role holder will have good knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and be a qualified experienced Health and Safety professional in order to promote good working practice, the university safety policy, safety legislation and laws.

The role holder will not only provide advice but will also be active in achieving completed improvements in creating local operations procedures with staff within the group and installing safety equipment and management throughout the Department.

The role holder will source advice and work closely with UCL Safety Services, UCL Estates and external bodies (such as Health and Safety Executive (HSE) etc.) to provide the best solutions to the different safety issues faced in providing leading research.

Support of the department's wider operations as required from time to time which could involve regenerations of laboratories and lecture rooms and also large scale projects that have specific deadlines. This may involve flexibility with working hours to reach deadlines on occasion.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To work on behalf of the Head of Department (H.O.D) in ensuring that both Departmental and UCL Health and Safety Policies and Procedures are implemented and adhered-to within the Department.
  • Liaise with the UCL Safety Services Team to ensure appropriate central/departmental objectives and issues are adhered-to and addressed adequately.
  • Provide support across the Department towards achieving a robust and systematic means of ensuring the management of health and safety of its activities.
  • Maintain on behalf of the H.O.D. records of the Responsible Person's Register ensuring with Senior Management that there are enough volunteers for the various health and safety roles.
  • Provide a first point of contact regarding health and safety issues within the Department.
  • To use and understand the IT system RiskNET in order to document activity within the Department and ensure that all incidents are reported via RiskNET.
  • Report to the H.O.D. any non-compliance or breaches of safe activity within the Department.
  • To promote the use of RiskNET for reporting accidents, Incidents and near misses. To investigate accidents/incidents and near misses so that they are fully reported, recorded and closed off on the RiskNET system.
  • To work with colleagues and students to ensure that operations procedures are written and followed for each activity undertaken within the department including teaching and research.
  • Keep updated the local safety arrangements within the department. To promote these to the staff and students at presentations and meetings across the cohort.
  • Maintain safety on the Departmental website and Safety pages.
  • Work with staff of all levels and students in advising and drafting of Risk Assessments. Ensuring that good quality risk assessment is the normal practice.
  • Advising on necessary safety planning to enable work to proceed.
  • To put in place corrective actions to minimise risk of a reoccurrence from incidents.
  • To report and follow up on maintenance issues to ensure issue is closed off.
  • Conduct workshop, laboratory and office inspections and ensure necessary improvements brought about by the inspections are completed within an acceptable period.
  • To work with UCL Safety Services to implement the T100 safety system of management and various safety objectives.
  • To liaise with Building and Laboratory managers associated with the Department across the various sites.
  • To ensure that safety equipment requiring testing such as local exhaust ventilation, lifting gear, filters on extraction and detector alarms are scheduled for maintenance within the specified times governed by legislation.
  • To provide safety advice on procedures and equipment for academic, technical, research staff and students.
  • To promote and contribute to the Faculty Resilience plan.
  • To be part of the Departmental Safety, Security and Laboratories Committee providing an up to date report on safety issues and setting goals for future improvements.
  • To attend other committees as appropriate.
  • To keep up to date on standards, UK legislation changes and changes in law.
  • Able to be contacted out of hours in case of Emergency.
  • As general duties and responsibilities change, the job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the post holder.
  • The post holder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager or Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • The post holder will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.
  • The post holder will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.
  • The post holder will update policies within the Department to reflect the changes to Fire and Health and Safety Regulations.

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