Senior Safety Advisor

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Senior Safety Advisor
Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Contract / Temporary

Rochdale 0006 DC72 / 1

Posted: 15th December 2022 13:32
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £18.35 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 12 months

  • Rochdale, Greater Manchester,

    OL16 1XU

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Senior Safety Advisor

Reference no:  Rochdale 0006 DC72 / 1

Up to £18.35 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Please note that the pay rate for this role is likely to be uplifted to reflect a higher than standard holiday allocation

Hybrid working

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a certain amount of travelling within the role for which casual car user allowance is payable.

The purpose of the role is to provide professional, competent advice and support to Services and Schools within the Council to ensure compliance with legal requirements and council policy relating to health and safety. This role will provide practical and creative solutions to enhance and improve safety and health standards across the council.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain effective working relationships and networks with all levels of management within the allocated customer group.
  • Interpret and advise on occupational safety and health legislation, standards and practices. Support and coach managers to develop cost-effective and pragmatic safety management strategies and practices which align with objectives of Services, Schools and/or Council.
  • Develop and prepare policy and guidance documents, in line with relevant legislative or other requirements under the direction of the Corporate Safety Adviser. Assist customers in the development and implementation of safety management systems. Ensure strong links between customer objectives and the Council’s Health and Safety Policy objectives in the development of local policy, procedures, practices or systems.
  • Advise on and coach assessors on suitable approaches for assessing risk. Analyse the significant findings of risk assessments, and advise on suitability or standards. Direct managers on the selection and implementation of appropriate control measures, including equipment, materials training or systems.
  • Monitor compliance with legislation, policies and procedures. Develop systems and schedules for the monitoring, auditing and evaluating of health and safety practices. Analyse performance against standards to determine the health and safety effectiveness of management processes.
  • Undertake specialist or complex risk assessments where required using measurement equipment if necessary. Measure or test specific work conditions or environments (e.g. noise, vibration, lighting, dust etc.). Advise relevant managers of outcomes and actions required.
  • Plan, develop and implement practical solutions, interventions and improvement programmes arising from changes to standards or policy, audits, assessment findings, investigations or enforcement requirements.
  • Monitor and update the Council’s incident database, identifying critical or significant events and initiating further investigations where appropriate. Complete reports to enforcement authorities. Investigate incidents as appropriate, interviewing any involved persons or witnesses, analyse significant or critical incidents to identify root causes using appropriate specialist techniques or protocols. Prepare reports incorporating legal advice and make recommendations to senior management as required.
  • Ensure the collection and interpretation of statistical data to provide indicators of health and safety performance to management or groups as required. Prepare reports, statistical presentations etc. for the preparation of committee reports as required under the direction of the Corporate Safety Adviser. Present reports at meetings and provide supplementary advice if necessary.
  • Advise on health and safety elements of specifications, schedules and procurement contracts. Assist in the design, specification and contract evaluation processes for the selection of equipment, materials, contractors or service providers. Advise on pre-selection risk assessment panels or groups.
  • Identify and develop appropriate safety training programmes from training needs analysis and risk assessment findings to improve health and safety competency at all levels. Design and deliver training sessions, presentations, tool box talks, workshops or similar events.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health, or recognised equivalent?
  2. Chartered Member of Institution of Occupational Safety & Health, or do you have two years relevant post-grad experience and evidence of CPD.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of working in a ‘consulting style’ with managers or groups, to achieve appropriate safety solutions including experience of delivering training or presentations to different audiences in various settings and your familiarity with presentation.
  3. Experience of monitoring safety standards by a range of methods, such as inspection, audits, reviews or similar.
  4. Experience of investigating accidents, incidents or complaints, analysing causes, and reporting on action required, taking into account legal implications.
  5. Experience of writing policy, guidance, safety procedures, instructions or similar in appropriate styles or format to suit particular customer requirements.
  6. Experience of assessing risk in unusual or complex cases, and of using a range of techniques for risk assessment and management, and guiding managers accordingly.
  7. Understanding of the main H&S legislation and standards relevant to a local authority and its partner organisations.
  8. Excellent communication skills and ability to liaise with people at all levels, including staff, senior managers etc.
  9. Able to plan, organise and manage own workload following a pre-determined documented work plan.
  10. Thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant health and safety requirements and responsibilities across a diverse organisation. This includes programmed audits, monitoring health and safety performance, delivering training, and giving advice and support.
  11. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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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:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Senior Safety Advisor
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