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Health and Safety Advisor

Posted: 20 Nov 2020 Closes: 20 Dec 2020
London, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time COS_5176

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

The HS2 Main Civils Contracts include both Lots S1 (Euston Tunnels & Approaches) and S2 (Northolt Tunnels).

Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM driven), SCL tunnels/adits, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, utilities diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role.

Security Vetting: HS2 requires SCS to undertake security vetting on all staff to the UK Government Baseline Personal Security Standard. All successful candidates will be subject to this vetting procedure as part of the on-boarding process.
What will I be doing?

We currently have a vacancy for a Health and Safety Advisor on our HS2 Main Works Contract.

Skills set: Health and Safety

Job location: Area Central, North Acton

Accessible by public transport? Yes

Working hours: Weekdays

Contract: Permanent


Support the Health & Safety Manager in the management of H&S for SCS activities, including the implementation of the H&S Management System (HSMS) to ensure compliance with OHSAS 18001:2007 certification and with Works Information. The position plays the key role in helping to establish and maintain the highest and where possible, new industry Health and Safety standards for the project.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Understand the SCS Health & Safety Policies and Processes and statutory requirements as they affect the SCS operations and ensure that the requirements are implemented.
  • Provide operational and functional management advice on the practical implementation of the company's H&S policies and processes including external stakeholders such as customers if necessary.
  • Assist H&S Manager or delegate and Contract Management in understanding of stakeholders (internal and external) aims, priorities and risks with regards to H&S.
  • Assist, where needed, with the development of Health and Safety Management plans if applicable and coordination of review.
  • Provide operational and functional management with advice on the prevention of accidents, incidents and ill health.
  • Assist the SHE Manager and other members of the HSS team, in key tasks to assist in the development, management, implementation and monitoring of the Health and Safety Management System.
  • Undertake and/ or assist H&S Manager and/ or Contract Management in establishing, managing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders such as local authorities, HSE and others as required and directed.
  • Assist the H&S Manager and other members of the HSS team, in key tasks to assist in the development, management, implementation and monitoring of the Health and Safety Management System.
  • Provide advice, guidance and independence with regards to the assessment of and appointment of sub-contractors.
  • Assist with and undertake H&S surveillance where required of operational sites. Participate, as requested in parent company H&S audits.
  • When directed, assist if necessary with the preparation of H&S risk assessments and safe systems of work.
  • Assist with the monitoring, analysis of and reporting of H&S performance. Utilise data to highlight areas of further consideration, evaluation and intervention.
  • Assist and/or manage the investigation of accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences, near misses and other incidents as directed.
  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of H&S training/ briefings, as directed.
  • Promote best practice, capture best practice and ensure it is fed-back into the business and parent companies.
  • Set standards and lead by example in the management of H&S.
  • Liaise with the other members of the HSS Team and the wider organisation with regards to H&S.
  • Maintain own level of knowledge and competency in relations to H&S Management and responsibilities including appropriate qualifications and professional membership.
  • Obtain competency cards in line with the SCS Competence Card Compliance Standard.
  • Understand the Client and Joint Venture Partners' Environment and Sustainability Policies, Processes and statutory requirements as they affect the company's operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are implemented on the project.

About you

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • At least three years' experience in relevant field of Construction / Infrastructure Health & Safety.
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate.
  • Membership of IOSH - Tech IOSH.
  • Collaborative behaviours.
  • Five years' experience in relevant field of Construction / Infrastructure Health & Safety.
  • Safety, Health and Environmental Diploma, Degree or equivalent NCRQ or NVQ.
  • Membership of IOSH - Grad IOSH.
You'll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador). SCS Railways is a Disability Confident employer. We welcome applications from candidates with a disability.

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

HS2 - working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity. Please note, all responses are anonymous, you do not have to provide a response.

All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2. We will not share any of your data with other parties. This form is not mandatory, but your response would be appreciated

Deadline for application: Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis. We recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Unsuccessful applicants: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants on an individual basis.
Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers' needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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