Head of Health & Safety

£450 - £550 per day

Job description

We have a current opportunity for a Head of Health & Safety on a contract basis with the University of York. The position will be based on site with increased reote working as the contract develops. Please review the outline from the JD below and get in touch to discuss if this is of interest.

Main purpose of the role

  • Develop and implement an agreed vision and strategic framework for health & safety at the University, which combines strong central oversight with empowered, devolved departmental responsibilities. Initiate and develop policies to enable the University to meet and exceed its legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Act as the University's senior competent person in relation to health & safety and as the key focal point for engagement with stakeholders (including enforcement agencies).
  • Provide advice to senior stakeholders, including the Vice-Chancellor, the University Executive Board and Council, to ensure the university's legal obligations are met and best practice in health & safety culture is promoted. Encourage health & safety leadership amongst colleagues, influencing and challenging behaviours where required.
  • Develop and foster a university-wide health & safety culture. Work closely and collegiately with colleagues across academic and professional service departments to develop a robust and supportive community of practice. Collaborate with other professional services colleagues (including but not limited to HR and Estates teams) to deliver integrated support and oversight.
  • Lead the Health & Safety team, ensuring a high quality and responsive service. Develop a "can-do" collaborative culture, within and beyond the team.
  • Continually review the effectiveness and suitability of health, safety & welfare services and be accountable for the delivery of best value solutions. Develop and report against performance metrics to university leadership, to enable effective benchmarking and oversight of performance.

  • This role reports directly to the Director of Planning & Risk and is a member of the Planning & Risk Directorate leadership team.

  • This role works closely with key stakeholders, including University Executive Board, Health, Safety & Welfare Committee, and its Chair, and Faculty and Departmental Leadership Teams.

  • The role directly oversees the work of the:
  • Deputy Director of Health & Safety Services and University Fire Safety Officer
  • Health & Safety Advisor (Biological Sciences)
  • Health & Safety Officers x 2
  • Health & Fire Safety Officer
  • Radiation Protection Officer
  • Assistant Fire Safety Officer

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