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Health & Safety Support Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The Corporate Health & Safety Team are responsible for monitoring and reporting on the city council’s health and safety performance and supporting colleagues to make sure they’re delivering their services safely.

We’re recruiting a Health & Safety Support Officer to join our visible and approachable team based in our city centre offices, who provide support and guidance to ensure that the city council’s activities are carried out safely so that we do not affect the health or safety of colleagues, contractors, service users, pupils or members of the public.

The wide range of services that Milton Keynes City Council provides means that every day is different. One day we may be supporting colleagues in Capital Development with a construction project, whilst the next we may be helping develop risk assessments with Adult Social Care.

You’ll be able to demonstrate experience in risk management and be capable of tailoring your delivery of health & safety support to suit a range of levels of understanding.

Main Responsibility

  • Support the Health &Safety (H&S) Advisor with managing and delivering MKCC’s H&S routine across all services; annual reviews of premises safety, incident/query/audit follow ups, lead communications and work with wider MKCC teams, support meetings and forums with H&S information and guidance.
  • Undertake incident and enquiry follow ups and support across MKCC teams – including basic advice and guidance, spotting trends, recording follow up and escalating where needed.
  • Manage MKCC’s H&S training; training courses offered, bookings taken and record keeping, undertaking delivery of some H&S training.
  • Ensure MKCCs key data and risk management processes are implemented, with team follow ups where needed. This includes (but not limited to) risk assessments, incident data, published H&S information/tools and audits, freedom of information requests and any civil claim information requests.
  • Lead and deliver team support visits on specific H&S priorities across MKCC services such as risk assessment refreshes, training needs, premises safety and the personal safety of colleagues.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Hold a NEBOSH General Certificate (or equivalent) and have experience in delivering H&S advice and support in a variety of sectors.
  • Enjoys talking and interacting with people and is comfortable presenting in front of a group.
  • Has a pragmatic and practical approach to risk management.
  • Organised and diligent in all that they do.
  • Comfortable and experienced at using Office365 and able to manage large data sets and comfortable getting to know different software packages.
  • For this role you are required to have a full UK driving licence and provide evidence of your vehicle insurance with business cover and use of a vehicle. If you are successful, you will be required to supply evidence of your licence prior to starting the role.

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.

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