Kedleston Group Limited has a superb opportunity for a Health and Safety Officer to join our Group Estates Team. Reporting to the Group's Health, Safety and Estates Manager and working alongside the Group Estates Officer, you will ensure the Group’s schools, children’s homes and support offices are fully compliant in relation to Fire, Environmental, Health and Safety regulation. Additionally, you will ensure that the children in our care, staff and visitors enjoy a safe working and recreational environment.
Location: This role covers the breadth of England and so we can offer flexibility on location, with West or East Midlands preferred.
Previous experience preferred but not essential. However, a NEBOSH General Certificate in Health & Safety is essential. You will preferably by a Technician or Graduate Member of IOSH. A driving licence will also be essential for the role.
The successful applicant will be looking to further their career as well as develop their skills and experience in health and safety, with an emphasis on the practical application of health and safety legislation within education and care settings, balanced with the standards employed by the relevant Ofsted inspection teams. The post holder must have good personal and communication skills and be comfortable working with children who at times may exhibit challenging behaviours.
The health and safety officer will be working to support all of our settings across the UK ranging from Colchester to Cumbria, therefore willingness to travel is essential.
Main Roles and Responsibilities:
- Assist settings with the creation, maintenance and update of a range of suitable risk assessments that address all areas of their operation.
- Ensure each setting has a fully updated set of COSHH assessments for the various substances they hold and use in relation to their activities.
- Work with the groups Estates Officer to source a common source of maintenance materials complete with a full set of COSHH assessments and technical guides.
- Asist the HSEM in creating generic risk assessment sets for adoption by settings in order to meet their regulatory obligations.
- Work directly with the Groups settings and company managers ensuring compliance with all regulatory matters including legionella, fire safety, electrical safety, vehicle safety and site safety.
- Under the guidance of the HSEM and HR Manager, lead in the delivery of the Groups H&S training and induction programme.
- Assist settings and HSEM in the annual review and update of safety related policies ensuring they remain fit for purpose and reflect current regulatory requirements.
- Support settings and the HSEM in the continued development and testing of suitable and effective critical incident plans.
- To be the first point of contact in the review of offsite visits paperwork for high risk activities.
- Collate accident and near miss reports from all settings supporting the HSEM in preparation of the monthly briefing to the Group’s Board.
- Carry out internal investigations of significant accidents and report back to the HSEM.
- Day to day management and monitoring of the Group’s driver assessment, vetting programme and vehicle tracking system. Ensuring drivers across the group are safe, licenced and in the case of private vehicle users carry suitable insurance for their activities.
- Work collaboratively with the groups Estates Officer to assist in the project management of new developments and remodelling of the current property portfolio.
- Assist new schools and homes in the set-up and development of safety systems, polices and supporting paperwork to ensure they meet the statutory compliance required and they conform to the relevant National Minimum Standards as set out by the regulator (Ofsted).
- Work alongside the Kedleston Management Team undertaking termly audits and inspections of settings to ensure continued adherence to safety regulations, polices and the NMS.
Kedleston Group Ltd is an independent provider of SEMH day and residential schools as well as children’s homes across England. We look for people who have the creativity and enthusiasm needed to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people we support. We offer staff a comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training to ensure everyone is provided with the best possible start to their employment. Kedleston welcome and nurture staff through the organisation's training provision and seek staff and leaders who are motivated and focused in their delivery of the best education and care support. We have vacancies across England for management, teaching, care, support, administration and ancillary roles within this rapidly developing organisation.
Kedleston Schools Ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff to act in the best interests of our pupils at all times. Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.