Health and Safety Manager

Kidderminster, Worcestershire
£35,000 + Benefits
26 Aug 2020
23 Sep 2020
Job Sector
Health & Safety
Contract Type
Full Time

Health and Safety Manager
£35,000 + Generous company pension, on-site parking, travel discounts and subsidised meals.

Role Outline:

To ensure that The Severn Valley Railway meets the necessary legislative obligations and drive the continuous improvement of health and safety throughout the railway. To facilitate the ongoing development of health and safety policies and practices to make sure all staff and volunteers are adhering to these standards. To provide advice, support and guidance at a Manager level on all matters of legal compliance regarding Health and Safety Management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working as an essential part of the Senior Management Team to promote a positive health and safety culture throughout The Severn Valley Railway
  • Implementing practical and effective methods, both preventative and remedial, of promoting health and safety and safe working practices in the workplace
  • Developing health and safety management systems including quality assurance systems and compliance with external authorities
  • To help develop and deploy a competence management approach building on the existing systems and approaches, towards a sector leading competence management system
  • Based on the understanding gained from the analysis of reported measures and competence management landscape identify H&S training needs and recommend improvements across all departments
  • Managing and co-ordinating audits, including liaising with internal working groups, external contractors and partner organisations
  • Developing internal and external networks to allow performance to be benchmarked; using Network Rail, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), the Heritage Rail Association (HRA) and direct contact with other significant heritage rail organisations
  • Ensuring compliance with legislation and incorporate any updates in law into the health and safety policy
  • Managing the internal and external investigation and reporting of incidents, accidents and near misses
  • Conduct and implement business risk analysis and risk assessments
  • Significantly reducing the number of Health and Safety incidents.
  • Any other applicable duties as required

Key Accountabilities:

  • Accountable for the SVR programme of H&S initiatives and change programs. Reporting on the progress and effectiveness of these programs to the Senior Management Team and the various SVR Boards
  • Establishing policies and strategy that help the SVR work towards a just Health and Safety culture
  • Monitoring our compliance with, and adherence to, rail specific areas of Safety Management as prescribed under the Railways Act 1993 and Rail and Other Guided Systems (‘ROGS’) regulations 2006
  • Monitoring our compliance with, and adherence to, more general H&S legislation including but not limited to The H&S at work act 1974, Management Regulations 1999, DSE/PPE and Manual Handling Regulations 1992, PUWER 1998, etc. etc.
  • Understanding changes to legislation and updating the relevant parties on the changes and their potential effect on policies and standards. This is particularly important when working with the SVR Senior Management Team and the SVR Boards
  • Developing key performance indicators and reporting the suite of H&S measures that the railway will use as its baseline for monitoring and improvement
  • Developing an organisation wide approach to competence management and recording. This should take the best practices in competence management and a pragmatic approach to the deployment of recording and reporting.
  • Co-ordinating the review and reporting on significant accidents and incidents both internally and externally. This will include compliance with RIDDOR reporting regime.
  • Acting as the initial Point of Contact for the ORR and the HSE, and co-ordinating all regular and ad-hoc visits from such legislative bodies.

Key Relationships:

  • General Manager
  • Senior Managers both paid and voluntary
  • The Office of Road and Rail (ORR)
  • Chairman of Holdings Board, Guarantee Board and Board and Committee members
  • Legal advisers
  • Auditors

Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to work with, provide advice to, train, and promote excellence in Health and Safety all staff and volunteers
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively across several teams and with external partners
  • Ability to take the initiative, act independently, identify priorities, and balance conflicting demands.
  • Advanced computer skills including use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Teams
  • Strategic thinking, planning and creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to work under time pressures
  • The ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • A flexible approach to working hours – 7 day business

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience Required:

  • An industry recognised qualification such as the NEBOSH Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Either hold or be close to obtaining Chartered Membership of IOSH (CMIOSH) (desirable)
  • Experience of High Hazard Operations or a role in a highly regulated sector, especially the Rail sector (desirable)
  • Well evidenced experience of leading a positive H&S / cultural change in a previous role
  • A track record of successful project management
  • Experience of working with senior management
  • Experience of working with volunteers (preferred)