Health and Safety Officer

Royal College of Art

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world ‘s number one art & design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years (QS World Subject Rankings 2015-2022).

Applications are invited for a Health and Safety Officer in Health and Safety, Executive Operations.  Reporting to the Health and Safety Manager, this is a full time and permanent role, based in Kensington but with travel to all sites of the Royal College of Art, with a hybrid working element of 60% office / 40% home working.

You will have a relevant HSW qualification for example NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, NCRQ Diploma or an appropriate NVQ/SVQ Diploma (Level 5).   The successful candidates will have Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety legislation and best practice in areas including machinery safety, COSHH, DSE Assessment, First Aid and Fire Safety, along with experience in carrying out Health and Safety investigations and producing reports that identify key issues and findings.

Purpose of the post:

To assist the Health and Safety Manager to provide professional information, advice and support on Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) issues. To work with academic, administrative and technical support teams, to embed a positive, compliant and responsible HSW culture for staff and students across the College, in line with HSW policy and associated procedures. Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, explaining complicated matters simply to staff at all levels (including Senior Management) tailoring delivery methods/media to suit the audience’s needs and understanding.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the HS Manager in delivering an annual improvement plan aligned with the H&S Strategy, which includes planning, delivering, and updating safety procedures, developing risk assessment tools, carrying out in house audits and delivering training.
  • Assist the HS Manager to ensure that H&S policies are adhered to, putting in place control measures to audit, monitor and review health, safety, and fire management practices for legislative compliance and best practice with the aim of developing and maintaining a positive H&S culture for all College community members.
  • Assisting managers to carry out specific risk assessments for staff such as DSE, lone working, and manual handling and ensure that the central register of risk assessments is maintained and regularly reviewed.
  • Monitor compliance with College HSW policy and associated procedures across the College, ensure breaches are dealt with and take remedial action where necessary.

Please see the Information Pack for further details.

This role will close for applications at 11.59pm on 27th November 2023

The Royal College of Art (RCA)  aims to foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students and stakeholders are respected. 

We recognise the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings and how this  strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. In order for RCA to remain a world-leading institution we are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles throughout all of our processes, from application through to appointment.

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