Health & Safety Officer

Based at:            Service Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ
Contract:            Permanent
Hours:                 37 hours per week
Salary:                 Hay 7 (£27,394 - £29,854)
Closing date:     Noon on Tuesday 21 November 2017

We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to join our Health & Safety team and assist in providing comprehensive health and safety advice and support to all functions and staff within the Service.

The successful applicant will implement our programme of continual improvement across the Service by identifying and minimising risks, developing safe working practices, disseminating information, and preparing and delivering health and safety training programmes and initiatives. You will be key to monitoring compliance with all relevant health and safety legislation.

In return, we will offer you 25 days annual holiday (plus public holidays), enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme, and access to our Cycle to Work and Childcare Voucher schemes. Based at our newly developed Headquarters in Portishead, surrounded by a nature trail and memorial garden (for those quiet moments), you will also have access to kitchen, restaurant and coffee bar facilities, multi-gym, sports hall, and free parking.

Please note - as this post is based at our new Headquarters which we share with Avon & Somerset Police, the successful applicant will be required to undergo a security clearance check.

To be considered as a candidate you must be able to evidence that you have achieved a recognised health and safety qualification (NVQ 5, NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent) and have proven post qualification experience. You will be familiar with health and safety law, its interpretation and application within the workplace, and experience of undertaking investigations, carrying out risk assessments and completing workplace inspections. A CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety (or equivalent) with a good knowledge of food hygiene regulations is required, but can be obtained following appointment. A qualification in ergonomic assessment is desirable, as is IOSH membership or equivalent.

To see the full duties of the role and candidate criteria required please see the job description provided.

How to apply:

The job description is available to download on our website Once you have read the job description please complete the application form telling us how you meet the requirements of the role - tell us how your skills, qualifications and experience match those required for this role, and provide examples wherever you can. The information you give us will assist us in our shortlisting process.

Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ by the closing date and time. Alternatively, you can email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Late applications and CVs will not be accepted. 

Please quote job reference number 4807 on any communications. Thank you.