HFR are Looking for a Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Officer

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Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Officer

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Title Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Officer
Employer Name High Force Research Ltd
Location NETPark, Sedgefield & Bowburn
Vacancy Full Description High Force Research (HFR) is a chemistry orientated service provider offering a partnership approach to quality driven chemical innovation. Established in 1988, we have built a solid reputation recognised for our R&D flexibility and innovative approach to complex and challenging projects.

Our core expertise is in chemical research and development, process optimisation, route design, scale-up and GMP manufacture of small molecules for clinical study. We collaborate with multinationals, start-ups, and discovery groups across academia and industry in synthesising new materials for proof of concept studies. Operating predominantly in the life sciences sector, our interests include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, synthetic biology, diagnostics and imaging, however, work also extends into other sectors e.g. polymers, semiconductors and fine chemicals.

The Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) officer is responsible for promoting and maintaining the health and safety (H&S) culture within the company.

You will be responsible for providing support and advice the business and co-ordinate on all aspects with regards to Health, Safety & Environmental management and compliance. In addition, you will establish, manage and monitor standards, processes, communications, training and systems to ensure all responsibilities associated with Health and Safety within HFR are adhered to across both sites, at Bowburn and NETPark.

Role responsibilities:

Advise and guide the Directors and management team to ensure a safe workplace environment without risk to health.

Ensure that all Health & Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated.

Ensure the Company meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work, including statutory training and reporting.

Ensure the completion and regular review of risk assessments for all work equipment and operations, supported by the management team.

Ensure that all accidents and near misses are documented, investigated and recommended improvements implemented.
Complete scheduled safety inspections are carried out, fire drills and fire alarms are correctly reported, safety inspections, risk assessments and lone working procedures are managed and employees are aware of their responsibilities.

Co-ordinate the development of health & safety policies, systems of work and procedures.

Ensure full and accurate health and safety and training records are maintained.

Establish a full programme of documented health & safety inspections, audits and checks.

Deliver H&S induction training to all new starters with support of HR Manager.

Establish a structured programme of health & safety training throughout the Company for managers and employees with the support of the HR Manager.

Manage and devise the agenda for, chair and formulate & distribute minutes for the Health & Safety Committee meetings. Ensure that all agreed action points are completed within deadlines.

Liaise with external health & safety organisations/providers e.g. fire safety inspection, fire service, HSE, Environment Agency etc.

Organise relevant work permits for external suppliers working onsite.

Keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health, safety & welfare at work legislation and communicate relevant changes to the business.

Provide regular reports to the Directors, Senior Management Team and Human Resources Manager on relevant health and safety activities.

Participate in monthly meetings when required to report on relevant health & safety matters. Liaise with suppliers i.e. Insurers, solicitors etc

Ensure that the company disposes of all waste and hazardous substances safely.

Liaise with the Environment Agency and the Directors to ensure compliance with the environmental permit.

Provide advice with regards to particular topics, such as occupational illnesses, safeguarding company equipment and fire risks.

Any other reasonable duties which may be required by management from time to time.


 Candidate Details
Required Experience of formulating, implementing and revising policies and procedures.

Provision of advice to managers /supervisors.

Handling of H&S investigations.

COSHH Trained.

Professional approach, coupled with strong interpersonal skills.

Excellent planning, organizational and time management skills.

Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills.

Strong IT skills.

Ability to work on own initiative.

Ability to work in, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

Ability to work co-operatively with others to complete tasks and implement process improvements.

Experience working within the chemical/life sciences sector.

Eligible to work within the UK.

Eligible to work within the UK.

Preferred NEBOSH General Certificate or Diploma or working towards accreditation.

Member of Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH).

Be able to demonstrate relevant experience in a similar role.

Degree in Chemistry.

This is a part time role of 3 days a week, or we will consider full time applications combining the HSE role with other duties.


Interested candidates should apply in writing by Email enclosing a CV and covering letter to Jane Klotz, HR Manager, at janeklotz@highforceresearch.com


If you have not been contacted within 21 days, then, unfortunately, the application has not been successful.
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