Senior Health and Safety Adviser

16 May 2019
16 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
NEBOSH Qualification
NEBOSH Certification

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Senior Health and Safety Adviser
(Laboratory Safety)
Grade 1
Reports to Head of Campus of Health and Safety
Team No: 096
Management responsibility for: 2x health and safety advisers.

Campus Health and Safety Team members
Working collaboratively across the whole team, supporting and leading by example, to deliver pragmatic, professional, health and safety support to Genome Research Limited and further afield across the WGC

Genome Research Limited (GRL)
Collaborating with senior managers to directly influence on all aspects of health and safety within GRL;
Key lead roles in chemical and physical health and safety, but also liaising with the Biological Safety Officer.
Scientific staff across the Wellcome Genome Campus including Wellcome Sanger Institute, Connecting Sciences, EMBL-EBI and other entities
Advising, influencing, motivating, changing behaviours, supporting, informing, monitoring standards, reviewing and auditing
External Contractors
Giving and receiving information and advice, monitoring standards, reviewing and auditing
Occupational Health and HR
Sharing, receiving advice and information, collaborative working to ensure the OH needs of GRL are met
External enforcement agencies e.g. Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA), Police, CTSA
Consultation, sharing information, receiving advice, guidance, mentoring, compliance verification.
Writing and delivering statutory notifications and reporting, hosting inspection visits, particularly from the HSE, EA, CTSA; dealing with enforcement actions, sharing information, seeking and receiving advice, feedback and guidance, receiving / responding to Campus enforcement notices
H&S Community / Professional Bodies
Networking, benchmarking, Continual
Professional Development.
Core accountabilities
To assist in the development and deployment of the Health and Safety Strategy for the Campus. In particular, to work in collaboration with the Head of Campus Health and Safety to directly influence the Directors and other senior management, Faculty, and Health and Safety Committees, to ensure that the strategy meets organisational needs.
To provide a comprehensive advisory service to the Campus on all scientific health and safety issues in order to facilitate safe working practices, compliance with relevant statutory provisions and implementation of all elements of a proactive health and safety management system as illustrated by ISO 45001.
To influence and collaborate with team leaders on the continuous improvement of standards of health and safety and related disciplines across the Campus.
Take a leading role in chemical and physical health and safety support to Genome Research Limited and further afield across the WGC.
To manage communication with enforcing authorities e.g. Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Police Counter Terrorism and Security Team (CTSA) on issues relating to health and safety and related fields to ensure the Campus is represented appropriately and communication is informed and authoritative.
Ownership for coordinating the laboratory and office inspection programmes.
To undertake project work as directed, to develop processes and procedures to inform and advise team leaders and managers on achieving safe working practices and compliance with relevant statutory provisions in the field of health and safety and related disciplines.
To undertake a wide range of complex and routine health and safety casework, including the support of Team Leaders in the investigation of incidents, both injury and non-injury and Occupational Health concerns.
To keep abreast and respond to changes in relevant statutory provisions in the fields of chemical, biological, physical safety and related disciplines. Maintenance of continuing professional development.
To undertake the performance management and development of two health and safety advisers. To ensure the acquisition and maintenance of the appropriate skills and competences to deliver agreed objectives, thus contributing to the overall success of the Campus Health and Safety Team.
Describe the most complex / challenging aspects of the role
Assisting and supporting the Head of Campus Health and Safety in strategy development and securing communication and co-operation at Board Level or equivalent across the Campus
Providing a customer-focused approach to supporting the Campus management in their health and safety responsibilities
Sustaining a proactive approach to the role in the face of a high workload and prioritising the work accordingly
Providing appropriate advice when the project information provided is often limited and presented with a short deadline
Networking within the UK-wide and international health and safety community to bring good practices to the Campus and enhance the reputation of the Genome Campus
Knowledge, Skills and experience required:
Essential skills
 Educated to degree level 6 or equivalent qualification
 Graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent health and safety professional body with an active CPD programme
 Strategic thinker who can take a considered view of risk and the broader implications of given approaches and courses of action
 Demonstrable experience in a tactical health and safety role, for example working as a Laboratory Manager or in a Health & Safety Adviser role
 Good interpersonal and written / verbal communication skills with a track record of advising and influencing, coupled with the ability to respond to a diverse range of situations
 Positive, can-do attitude focused on looking for solutions
 Capability of making independent decisions and then planning and working through their implementation
 Proven proficiency to plan and prioritise work with the minimum of supervision working independently, or as part of a team
 Experience and proficiency to engage an audience when delivering training sessions
 Competent user of IT in an office environment
Ideal skills
 Experience of a senior health and safety adviser position within a higher education, research institute or corporate environment
 Educated to degree level 6 in a biochemical or chemical discipline
 Chartered membership of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent
 Scientific (biological / chemical) research experience, including publication in peer-reviewed journals