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Health and Safety Advisor (Children’s Residential Service)

Dublin, Ireland   Permanent
Closing Date: 28/08/2017 12:00   Other
Salary:  See Description for Details

 

Job Description

Tusla, Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:
•Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
•Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
•Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
•Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
•Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
•Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Specifically, on 1st May 2015, the Child and Family Agency established a National Children’s Residential Service (hereafter referred to as National CRS) with the expectation that the newly consolidated service would deliver improved quality of care and over time, the range of options needed to meet the evolving placement needs of young people in the care of the Agency. The services comprises of 48 Statutory Child Residential Centres nationwide and coordinates a further 100 centres operated by Voluntary and Private bodies.

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

The Health and Safety Advisor (Children’s Residential Service) is required to provide expert advice, guidance and assistance to management and staff on all matters relating to health and safety within the Service, ensuring that Tusla meets its statutory obligations and achieves high standards of health and safety.

The successful candidate will be required to set up, maintain and improve systems that underpin an effective integrated health and safety governance system at a corporate level within the Service.

Job Objectives

•Establish a robust Health and Safety Management System for the Service in accordance with legal and other requirements.
•Establish appropriate policies, procedures and safe systems of work to ensure a safe workplace environment without risk to health and safety, in so far as is reasonably practicable.
•Develop systems to ensure all Health and Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated effectively.
•Provide advice to management and staff on all aspects of safety, health and welfare in line with current legal requirements, standards, Codes of Practice and best practice as relevant within the Service.
•Ensure the Agency meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work.
•Establish and maintain procedures, including monitoring and other means such as review and auditing, to ensure that the senior management (and the Leadership Team as appropriate) are accurately appraised on the management of health and safety within the Service.
•Develop a system for the completion of site specific Safety Statements and risk assessments as required (in conjunction with the relevant local management) and ensure they are kept under regular review.
•Provide advice and support with regards to the reporting, documenting and investigation of all accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences in line with legal requirements and National Policy.
•Conducting investigations, as appropriate, into workplace accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences and preparation of detailed reports to management regarding same.
•Establish a system for completion of routine workplace health and safety inspections and audits.
•Provide advice and support with regards to corrective and preventative actions required arising from internal and external inspection reports.
•Liaise with key internal stakeholders to identify (health and safety management) strategies and prioritise actions for managing risk.
•Liaise with the Estates department in relation to the completion of all required maintenance, inspection and testing requirements at Tusla workplaces.
•In conjunction with other key departments establish a structured programme of health and safety training.
•Provide advice and support with regards to the planning and delivery of health and safety training programmes and maintenance of associated records.
•Ensure full and accurate health and safety training records are maintained.
•Liaise with external health and safety consultants in the provision of training programmes and health and safety services as required.
•Establish a Health and Safety Committee and play a lead role in its implementation.
•Keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health, safety and welfare at work legislation and communicate relevant changes to management and staff as necessary.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved

Skills Required

At the latest date for receipt of completed application forms for this post the candidate will be required to:

•Hold an Honours Degree qualification in occupational health and safety (minimum Level 8 on the NFQ).
•Have an expert working knowledge of Health and Safety Legislation, applicable Regulations, Standards and Guidance Documents.
•Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a Health and Safety function within a comparable setting to the Agency as relevant to the role (for example within a Residential Care setting).
•Experience in the establishment of a Health and Safety Management System.
•Possess sufficient administrative capacity to discharge the functions of the grade/post.

Health
A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Character
Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Age
Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.



 
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