Health & Safety Officer

Ecotricity

  • Full Time

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Location:
Louth
Salary Details:
£35,000
09 Jul 2021
About The Role
Overall duties are to Represent Ecotricity’s Operations and Maintenance department on all aspects of Health and Safety. Ensuring Health and Safety is maintained to the highest standard. Also coordinating any Health and Safety correspondence with Ecotricity Head Office which is related to Ecotricity’s Operational Wind farms. Must be willing to work away when required.

Contracted Hours

36.5 hours/week. 08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday. 08:30 to 16:00 Fridays. 1 hour lunch.

Role purpose & objectives

The objective of this role is:

To ensure that safe and environmentally compliant systems of work are devised, implemented and audited for all tasks carried out on the portfolio of assets, associated equipment and facilities that fall under the O&M department’s scope of responsibility. To ensure the Wind Turbine Safety Rules are upheld and all staff are trained to understand and comply with these rules at all times. To provide ad-hoc specialist advice and support to other businesses within the Ecotricity Group, as required.

Reports to

H&S Supervisor

Deputises for

H&S Supervisor

Covers for

H&S officer

Key role responsibilities

This role is specifically responsible/accountable for the following duties:

H&S Documentation

  • Responsible for ensuring that all documentation relating to the health, safety and environmental compliance of Ecotricity’s sites, assets, employees and contractors is fit for purpose, current, completed correctly and readily available to all staff members and contractor’s as required by department policies.
  •  Responsible for ensuring that all completed documentation and records are organised and stored in an efficient manner that would satisfy and external audit (i.e. HSE investigation, ISO14001 audit).

H&S Advisory

  • Responsible for providing professional opinion and support in respect of all HSE related queries such that peculiar work situations, new technical tasks, new suppliers/contractors, new services/activities or specific/temporary working constraints are assessed against the prevailing HSE regulations and guidance, public domain information, industry best practice and practical common sense.
  •  Responsible for representing and recording the voice of HSE in the operational environment to ensure efficient and effective operations are practically balanced with the protection of health, safety and environmental considerations.
  •  Responsible for supporting the O&M Support Team Leader in the assessment of competence and HSE compatibility of new suppliers, as appropriate.

H&S Training

  • Responsible for ensuring that the HSE training needs for all staff are identified, monitored, coordinated and delivered using approved suppliers and in collaboration with the Technical Trainer.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the records of all the training carried out are stored correctly according to procedure.  Responsible for preparing and delivering certain HSE training content according to the department training plan to improve the H&S team’s autonomy and cost effectiveness.
  •  Responsible for carrying out site inductions for all staff and contractors needing to access Ecotricity sites and equipment.
  •  Responsible for assisting the Technical Trainer with carrying out other technical training content in order to give strength and flexibility to the department’s training provision, subject to availability.

H&S Auditing

  • Responsible for conducting all health and safety management system audits and site/equipment safety inspections, ensuring that the outcomes are correctly recorded and actioned and the supporting processes are regularly reviewed and improved  according to best industry practice.
  •  Responsible for ensuring any items of non-conformance against health and safety policy or standards are promptly actioned and, if necessary, works are temporarily constrained or quarantined.
  •  Responsible for checking and acting on all completed health and safety related documentation produced during engineering related tasks on both electronic and written systems in the absence of the H&S supervisor; and, provide constructive feedback to the originators to support continuous improvement.

Staff Health

  • Responsible for ensuring staff compliance with the department’s injury management policies and procedures and any staff injuries or ongoing medical requirements are managed as per these policies.
  •  Support any staff with ongoing health issues on modified duties and coordinate regular reviews by line managers, H&S staff or OH advisors as required.

Accident/Incident Investigations

  • Responsible for carrying out all internal investigations and associated reporting relating to non-compliance of HSE policies or procedures, including near misses, safety observations and RIDDOR reports.
  •  Responsible for recording accident statistics on a monthly basis according to industry best practice.

PPE & Statutory Obligations

  •  Responsible for ensuring that all PPE, first aid equipment, fire extinguishers, ladders/ lifting equipment and all supporting HSE related equipment and consumables are efficiently planned for and coordinated to ensure that these are always available for safe use, conform to the correct standards and are ‘in date’.
  •  Responsible for ensuring adequate stocks of spare equipment and consumables are maintained to support the H&S aspect of all tasks undertaken or situations faced by all staff and assets under the department’s responsibility.

Vehicle Management

  • Responsible for ensuring the vehicles assigned to the H&S department are maintained as fit for purpose, provisioned and used to support HSE related activities.
  •  Responsible for supporting and auditing the Wind Turbine Team Leaders in setting and maintaining the minimum safety standards of their service vans and the mandatory safety equipment stored therein.

Communication

  • Responsible for preparing periodic summary reports detailing H&S project work progress or issues faced in collaboration with the H&S supervisor.
  •  Responsible for ensuring any changes to procedures or policies or topical industry safety alerts are understood and communicated to the wider department as required.
  •  Responsible for participating in and providing input to regular department meetings and toolbox talks.
  •  Responsible for ensuring a comprehensive handover process is undertaken when providing cover for other team members for extended absence such as leave, sickness or secondment.
  •  Responsible for liaising with third parties (i.e. landowners, contractors and suppliers) to ensure that any topical issues or disputes relating to H&S matters are diplomatically communicated, efficiently resolved and recorded.
  •  Responsible for treating all sensitive H&S information discretely and maintaining confidentiality.

General

  • Responsible for the adoption of any other additional affiliated tasks that the O&M manager might reasonably request as the role develops
About You

Role behaviours

The following specific behaviours are expected for this role:

Team Player

Expected to be a strong team player who can set an example to demonstrate the standards of responsibility and behaviour required from the O&M department (in particular relating to the application of policies and procedures and the use of PPE and HSE equipment), as outlined in the job definitions. Always presenting oneself as approachable and supportive, willing to listen to understand and back initiatives which optimise the efficiency/effectiveness of the O&M organisation, the H&S of team and the engagement/morale of the individual.

Work Ethics

Expected to consistently demonstrate an organised, efficient, and comprehensive approach to HSE delivery and support. Able to engage the O&M department by demonstrating personal commitment, energy, and enthusiasm, believing in the purpose of the work and making the team’s compliance experience as accessible as possible.

 

Communication

Expected to be able to articulately communicate with both staff and management in a positive, constructive, reasonable and professional manner, even when under pressure. Able to convey varied and complex information in an accessible and memorable fashion using appropriate mediums to target a range of recipients.

Essential skills & experience

The following entry level skills & experience are essential for the role:

  • Holds at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including Mathematics & English).
  • IOSH Managing safely. Strong appreciation of HSE regulations and guidance.
  •  Proven ability to produce comprehensive risk assessments in accordance with industry standards.
  •  Excellent incident investigation skills.
  •  Holds a COSHH awareness qualification.
  •  A good level of computer literacy in excel, word and Other MS Office packages (or equivalent).
  •  Strong communication skills and diplomacy particularly verbal communication and at all levels.
  •  Good time management & personal organisational skills.
  •  Ability to carry out work to a high level of accuracy.
  •  Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines without compromising safety or quality.
  •  Ability to work independently with remote management and take responsibility for project delivery.
  •  Ability to plan, prioritise and organise workload effectively.

Desirable skills & experience

The following additional skills & experience are also beneficial for the role:

  •  NEBOSH general certificate in health and safety or equivalent.
  •  Holds in-date GWO courses Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, First Aid.
  •  In-date GWO Working at Height certification with supporting medical assessment.
  •  Holds a training qualification or has proven experience delivering H&S Training
  •  Traffic Marshaller/banksman.
  •  Medium risk confined space awareness.
  •  CDM awareness training.
  •  Mental Health first aid training.
  •  Experience in holding toolbox talks and relevant meetings and the recording of the minutes of these.
  •  Acquisition of any other additional desirable skills and experience that the O&M manager might reasonably expect as the role develops.
About Us
Ecotricity is the greenest energy company in Britain. In fact, when we started back in 1995, we were the first green electricity company in the world.

Our mission was and remains to change the way energy is made and used – after introducing green electricity to the world, we introduced green gas to Britain in 2010 too.
Our model is unique: we use our customers’ energy bills to fund the building of new sources of green energy. We like to refer to this as turning ‘bills into mills’ – energy bills into energy mills, whether that’s wind, sun, sea or gas mills.
We’ve built over seventy wind and sun parks across Britain, we’re planning to build Britain’s first ever Green Gas mills, and through Britwind, our small wind company, we design, build and deliver small wind turbines to landowners and businesses throughout Britain and the world!
We don’t just focus on energy though – we built and run the Electric Highway, Britain’s leading network of electric car charge points, we helped Forest Green Rovers become the greenest football club in the world, and launched Britain’s greenest mobile phone service, Ecotalk.
We’re a not-for-dividend company too – which means we’re free to use the money we make for our mission and our mission alone.
We do all of this with the help of our customers – and the awesome team of people here at Ecotricity. Our people believe in our mission – they’re amazing at what they do, and they make a difference every day they come into work.
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