- Pay Rate:
£34.00 per hour PAYE
- Hours per Week:
36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 3 months
- Kensington, London,
Interim Senior Environmental Health Officer
Reference no: K&C 5238483
Pay Rate: £34.00 per hour PAYE
Hours per week: 36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
Role Length: This opening assignment is for 3 months
City: Kensington, London
The post holder is responsible for ensuring they protect the residents, workers and visitors’ health, safety and welfare in the borough through the enforcement of health and safety standards in commercial premises and work activities.
- Assist the Team Manager and Principal Officer with the technical aspects of strategic policy or project matters as required.
- Assist the Principal Officer with licensed events including leasing with the Events Team and assisting with Safety Advisory Group meetings as required including Chelsea Flower Show.
- Respond to, investigate and resolve, within published service standards, wherever possible, complaints regarding Health and Safety.
- Carry out, as directed, a range of services in accordance with legislation, codes of practice, corporate policies, local procedures and good professional practice.
- This will include but is not limited to: inspections, projects, surveys, alternative enforcement activities, publicity, attending meetings, processing applications, visits, investigating complaints and service requests, sampling, dealing with safety notifications and asbestos removals, accident investigations, monitoring, gathering evidence, revisits, making test purchases, carrying out PACE interviews, taking statements and determining appropriate action.
- Take Health and Safety prosecutions in the officer’s own name against businesses on behalf of the Council.
- Competently deal with the processing of applications, notifications, referrals, consultations, schemes, licences, registrations and grants, carry out reviews and give approval, as directed using any powers that have been delegated.
- Undertake consistent, proportionate, targeted, accountable and transparent enforcement action, in accordance with best practice advice and guidance and enforcement policies, to resolve any identified non-compliances. This may include seizing goods, prohibitions, closures, preparing and serving statutory and fixed penalty notices, simple cautions and other legal documents.
- Conduct investigations and other enforcement work with regard to legislation, such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), Criminal Proceedings and Investigations Act (CPIA) and Human Rights Act (HRA), which confines the scope of action.
- Undertake health and safety enforcement in premises taking all necessary action required e.g serving of Improvement, Prohibition Notices and to undertake legal action on behalf of the Council
- Work with Public Health England and Public Health colleagues as and when required on emerging health issues and infectious diseases, such as Covid-19 and Legionnaires disease. Ensure workplaces and members of the public comply with the legislative requirements and take enforcement action as required.
- Support the Council’s Public Health efforts in investigating concerns of breaches of legislation such as Covid-19. (An example would be inspecting premises to ensure that they are Covid safe and taking directions from an Outbreak Management Team).
- Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health recognised by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
- A Nationally recognised qualification in Health & Safety to Level 6 e.g. NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
- Evidence of active participation in continuing professional development. In particular Core Health and Safety and Legal. If Chartered this is 30 hours CPD each calendar year or 20 hours CPD without Chartered Status.
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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.
Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.
Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
Knowledge & Experience:
- Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
- Recent suitable and practical experience within health and safety enforcement such as serving prohibition / improvement notices and detaining articles.
- Recent experience of using section 20 powers under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
- Experience of carrying out inspections of ‘wet’ cooling towers and water systems in relation to the prevention of legionellosis.
- Experience of undertaking legionella water sampling.
- Experience of dealing with Legionella notifications and investigations.
- Experience of dealing with asbestos removal notifications and complaints
- Knowledge and experience of using PACE, conducting interviews under caution, gathering and preparing evidence, obtaining warrants, managing court cases and giving evidence as a witness.
- Recent experience of attending internal and external meetings and representing the Council and advising Lead Members and Senior Management.
Skills & Abilities:
- Ability and experience to inspect high risk premises for Health and Safety.
- Ability and recent experience of advising on complex matters to businesses and writing detailed reports and letters.
- Ability to oversee and advise colleagues on the service of notices and enforcement action and approve the sign off of Improvement and Prohibition Notices.
- The ability to produce correspondence and reports on complex and technical issues pertinent to the post and be able to produce and maintain accurate records.
- The ability to manage a caseload and to meet deadlines.
- ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
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