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Senior Environmental Health Officer

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    Up to £34 per hour + Excellent Benefits

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  • Published:

    28 days ago

  • Duration:

    3 months +

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake day to day management of the Health, Safety and Environment function alongside the Health and Safety Officer.
  • Act as a lead for environmental issues.
  • Development and maintenance of the Service's Health, Safety and Environmental Management systems to ensure RBFRS conforms with current and prospective health, safety and environmental legislation requirements as directed by the HoFA
  • Develop and maintain the Service's health, safety and environmental policies and procedures as directed by the HoFA.
  • Develop and implement strategies for proactive health, safety and environmental management within RBFRS including strategies for the management of noise and air monitoring and collate the necessary technical data.
  • To keep abreast of changing legislation relating to health, safety, welfare and environment and update policies and procedures accordingly.
  • Provide a professional advisory service for the RBFRS managers in relation to all aspects of health, safety and environment which will include liaising with managers at all levels.
  • Assist managers with health, safety and environmental considerations in projects.
  • To represent the Health, Safety and Facilities Department in meetings and working groups at all levels.
  • Undertake project work including research in relation to health, safety and environmental issues as directed by the HoFA. 2.0 Take part in external South East regional health and safety audits as a team member and lead, and participate in internal audits as requested.
  • Undertake and develop risk assessments when required, and provide competent advice, guidance and support in the risk assessment process, to all members of the Service.
  • Develop and implement systems for monitoring the effectiveness of the Service's risk assessment process and liaise with managers of RBFRS for the development of risk strategies.
  • Review of accident investigations and lead on root cause analyses and preventative action with other department managers to completion.
  • Development of:
  1. New reporting system
  2. New investigation/root cause analyses process
  • Support the department's resilience requirements as directed by the HoFA.
  • Work with all RBFRS managers and appointed persons, the Human Resources Section and Occupational Health Physician, as required i.e. for undertaking personal risk assessments.
  • Assist in maintaining professional contact and liaison with HSE, professional organisations and other organisations in the interests of RBFRS.
  • Participate in regional meetings as appropriate re: collaboration across the South East region.
  • Prepare management information reports as directed by the HoFA for meetings such as Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee.
  • To undertake other specialist health, safety and environment services as directed by the HoFA.
  • The SHSEO post may involve occasional evening work to carry out Retained fire fighting inductions, workplace inspections and audits.
  • Maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in line with the requirements for maintaining or gaining/achieving Chartered Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
  • Assist with other duties on occasion, when the Health, Safety and Facilities Department need to maintain a service, as part of the department's resilience arrangements.


Skills and aptitudes

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal including; report/policy writing experience.
  • Able to interpret legislation.
  • Ability to influence individuals at all levels of the organisation.
  • Communication skills, able to deliver training and information effectively to a range of audiences within RBFRS.
  • PC literate, familiar with outlook, Microsoft office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint).
  • Ability to work on own initiative and meet timescales and deadlines.
  • Organisational skills, ability to prioritise work and function under pressure.
  • Ability to lead on projects.
  • Capable of independent thought and creating solutions to problems.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and needs.
  • Ability to undertake analytical analysis of complex technical information.


  • Wide knowledge of H&S legislation and best practise


  • Previous H&S Advisory experience within an organisation.
  • Promoting H&S topics in an organisation.


  • Professional Health and Safety qualification i.e. NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent

Other requirements

  • Ability to work out of hours on occasions. Full UK driving licence.

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