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Head of Health & Safety

The Head of Health and Safety role, will enable candidates to lead and champion health and safety across the Milton Keynes area, analyse risks and drive safe behaviours with supporting KPI processes to develop and implement Health and Safety best practice and promoting company compliance.

Key Accountabilities

• The ongoing development and implementation of the health and

safety policy and implementation of new policy and procedure

documents as required.

• Work with functional leaders and teams to implement systems and

procedures to raise the standards of health and safety in the

organisation and ensure a safe working environment.

• Support managers and supervisors in the development of local

practices and procedures to ensure that the organisation complies

with statutory requirements and guidelines.

• Work alongside managers and supervisors to identify hazards in

the workplace and to take corrective action or initiate controls to

minimise the risk.

• Carrying out risk assessments and working with

management to ensure full implementation of all safe systems of


• Identify health and safety training needs in the organisation,

establish priorities and recommend training events to enhance

staff awareness of health and safety issues.

• Liase with and submit reports to government inspectorates, local authorities and fire authorities, etc to ensure compliance with legal requirements.

• Create and maintain for the organisation easily retrievable health and safety records to enable production of statutory reports management information and examination by the enforcing agencies.

• Maintain sufficient sources of information to enable them to provide effective advice and also to ensure that they are aware of significant changes in legislation and technology that are likely to affect the organisation.

• Assist in the implementation & maintenance of the company's quality and food safety programmes.

• Ensure that all working practices that are safe and comply with legislation.

• Conduct regular site inspections to check policies and procedures are being properly implemented.

• Lead in-house training with managers and employees covering health and safety issues and risk.

• Maintaining a working knowledge of all HSE legislation and advise the management team on the implications of current and emerging health, safety and welfare legislation.

• Attendance at Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) seminars and reading professional journals.

• Produce management reports, newsletters and bulletins.

• Work with the engineering team to ensure the safe installation of equipment.

• Advise on a range of specialist areas, e.g. fire regulations, hazardous substances, noise, safeguarding machinery and occupational diseases.

• To assist line managers in implementing Health and Safety systems and procedures to meet specific requirements.

• To manage the collection, storage and analysis of accident and other health and safety data and to produce management reports, identify trends and recommend action.

• To ensure routine health and safety activities and checks are carried out.

• To investigate or, where appropriate, to assist others to investigate the circumstances and causes of accidents.

• To support managers in the development and implementation of effective Business continuity plans to minimise disruption to critical functions.

Job Environment & Working hours:

Office based within a food manufacturing site; 37.5hours per week

between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm with flexibility to meet the

demands of the post, with flexibility required.

Education, Qualifications and Experience:

• Current NEBOSH part 1 national diploma/The British Safety Council Diploma in safety management, / NVQ LEVEL 3.

• Qualified Trainer in H&S and food related disciplines to include Food Hygiene, NEBOSH and Risk assessment processes, HACCP desirable.

• Sound knowledge and experience of health and safety management.

Skills & Knowledge:

• Understanding of ‘current best practice ‘in health and safety and legislation.

• Commercially aware in a business context.

• Advanced people skills, Excellent written, oral and listening communication and presentations skills.

• Good administrative and IT skills particularly in MS Word, Excel and HR databases; internet & e-mail.

• Strong influencing and negotiation skills.

• Coaching.

Person specification:

• Flexible and adaptable approach.

• Works well under pressure.