Job Description Head of Health and Safety

Job Title

Head of Health and Safety

Reports to

Insert as applicable e.g. Business owners

Department/ Section

Health and Safety


Head office in Braintree or such other location that may be required of the job role

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Job Ref & about the organisation  

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Core Objectives

The overall responsibility for the health and safety of the organisation.


Main Tasks/duties and responsibilities  



Responsibility to staff and direct the team :

overall responsibility for the health and safety of the organisation including direction, strategic development, performance and maintenance

– achieve complete health and safety management systems in accordance with organisation plans and compliance with and adherence to legislation and regulatory bodies’ processes and procedures

– overall team responsibility for performing all duties in compliance with  insert as applicable e.g. Water Resources Regulations 2010

– overall responsibility for  use of the health and safety  budget

– meet your targets and those of the team as a whole

– smooth running of the of the team

– contribute to training and development of the team

– achieve maximum profitability and growth in accordance with organisation plans


Day to day responsibilities for the team as agreed with Line Manager to include:

– direct and manage all health and safety activities

– ensuring that the organisation meets all agreed health and safety legislation and objectives and that appropriate risk mitigation/control measures are in place

– overall responsibility for risk assessment, audit review, monitoring & managing health and safety within the organisation

– investigate incidents and accidents to ensure the timely production of corrective and preventative action plans.

– provide advice, guidance and support to the organisation with regards to health and safety legislation, issues and compliance together with all applicable organisation policies and practices, referring to Line Manager as appropriate

– identify any shortfalls in and/or potential improvements to policy and process, assess effectiveness of current policies and processes and recommend and implement required changes

– maintain and improve mechanisms for risk assessment and disseminate feedback as appropriate

– direct, manage and carry out recruitment of team members, subject to agreed criteria

– train and appraise individual team members to ensure targets are met

– direct and manage the performance and development of team members

– reporting (content and format as agreed) on a monthly basis, as agreed

– developing strategic plans for team activities to include health and safety strategy to achieve agreed targets, and effective planning

– manage the preparation and agreement of individual action plans and targets for all team members

– direct and manage the development and preparation of the organisation’s health and safety strategy and general business planning

– direct, manage and conduct presentations and proposals to enable the team to deliver accurate and competitive health and safety planning

– delegate authority and responsibility to team with supervision, accountability and review

– direct, manage and maintain contact with internal and external “client/customers” for feedback and to obtain client/customer satisfaction information

– set an example for team members of commitment, health and safety activities, work ethics and habits and personal character

– maintain accurate health and safety and other records

– control expenses to meet agreed  budgetary controls

– adhere to all organisation policies and procedures

– interact and co-operate with all members of the organisation, its suppliers and clients/customers


From time to time you may be expected to be part of special projects as are reasonably required of your job role even where these fall outside of your own department/team.

You are responsible for your allocated workload and must meet all targets as agreed with your Line Manager. You must contribute towards the smooth running of the organisation generally.


Your usual hours will be from 9am to 5pm. However you will be expected to work as and when is necessary to meet the needs of the team and your targets. Your job will be a mixture of travel and office based.

Secondary Tasks/duties





The role is part of the whole organisation and as such requires you to perform such reasonable tasks that are required as and when are necessary to maintain, promote, develop and expand the business of our organisation and its interests generally.


You must carry out your duties to the best of your ability, having consideration for the needs of your colleagues, and the organisation and its clients/customers. You must obey all lawful and reasonable orders given to you and comply with the organisation’s rules, procedures and policies

Management / supervisory responsibilities



People or equipment


People who report to you

You have responsibility for all of the team members, who will report directly to you



You are responsible for the equipment provided to you for use in your job role and to your team. This means you must ensure that equipment is used in accordance with training provided, the organisation’s policies and procedures and the law and using, where applicable any safety equipment or Personal Protective Equipment provided. You are responsible for ensuring that the equipment used by the team is maintained and can be used/operated at all times.

Essential Abilities/ Competencies of this job role

You need

– qualifications sufficient to perform the job role – insert as applicable

– experience  in this type of job role – insert as applicable e.g. minimum 5 years

– senior level experience of health and safety governance

– thorough understanding of health and safety management obligations (including statutory obligations), requirements and dynamics

– using computer software – insert as applicable

– aptitude in health and safety management and control

– leadership with ability to drive a  team

– project management skills

– ability to work under pressure

– full driving licence

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You need to have and maintain (with regular training and updates as necessary) the knowledge, technical skills and qualifications that are necessary to perform your job role to comply with the requirements of the organisation and any applicable rules, regulations (particularly of any professional body) and with any law which applies to your job role.


Special working Conditions

You may be expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s overtime policies

Insert following if applicable – The nature of your role will require you to travel within the area that your team covers. However, from time to time you may be expected to travel outside that area as the job role requires

Salary level C – £75,000
Benefits insert details of any benefits

Approved by Name

John Smith

Job Role

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Date approved

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