Health & Safety Officer

Based at:            Service Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ
Contract:            Permanent
Hours:                 37 hours per week (Monday – Friday)
Salary:                 Fully qualified Hay 7 (£27,394 - £29,854)
                             Development rate Hay 8 (£24,174-£26,822)

Closing date:     29 May 2018

We have a vacancy working within a small team providing comprehensive health and safety advice and support to all staff within Avon Fire & Rescue Service.  This is an interesting role with the opportunity to develop and make a significant contribution to the work of the Fire Service. 

The successful applicant will implement our programme of continual improvement by identifying and minimising risks, developing safe working practices, disseminating information, and preparing and delivering health and safety training programmes and initiatives.   This is a critical role and you will be responsible for improving the awareness of health, safety and welfare issues, monitoring and ensuring compliance with policies, procedures and legislation.  You will interact with staff and managers at all levels so must be able to build strong working relationships and communicate effectively and appropriately. 

To be considered as a candidate you must be familiar with health and safety law, its interpretation and application within the workplace and have practical experience of undertaking investigations, carrying out risk assessments and completing workplace inspections.  If you possess a recognised health and safety qualification at NVQ 5, NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent you will be appointed on the qualified grade (as detailed above).  We will also consider applicants with at least two years practical experience and who possess the minimum qualification of a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety / NVQ level 3 in Health and Safety / NCRQ Certificate in Applied Health and Safety or equivalent and who will work towards the fully qualified level.  A qualification in ergonomic assessment is desirable.

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

The Service operates a flexitime scheme.  You will receive 25 days annual holiday (plus public holidays), enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme, free car parking, access to restaurant facilities, on site gym and sports hall.  This post is based at our Headquarters which we share with Avon & Somerset Police and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a mandatory security clearance check.

How to apply:

The job description is available to download on our website www.avonfire.gov.uk. Please either submit your CV which must detail how you meet the requirements of the role or alternatively you may complete our application form.  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.

Alternatively, you can email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Please quote job reference number 4807 on any communications.