Fire Safety and Infrastructural Risk Manager

Brunel Building, Heuston South Quarter, Dublin 8
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 20/07/2020 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 25/06/2020


Job Summary

The 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
  • Adoption & Alternative Care

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

The Tusla Estates function provides a range of professional, technical, project management, property, fire, safety, and related services in respect of the procurement, development, operation and maintenance of the health service’s physical infrastructure – including buildings, plant and equipment.

These services include design, specification, project management, supervision and procurement associated with major and minor capital building and refurbishment works, risk and asset management, property services, maintenance, fire and infrastructural safety issues etc.  

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general direction and control of the Head of Estates, the Fire Safety and Infrastructural Risk Manager will be responsible for ensuring that satisfactory arrangements are in place for the following:

  • Regular inspections of buildings, means of escape and all fire-fighting equipment and ensuring that all such equipment is properly located, well-marked, in good repair and in good working order;
  • Ongoing review and, as necessary, drawing up of fire orders, including evacuation schemes for the various types of buildings, including schemes for evacuation of all persons with particular needs, and to ensure the availability of fire plans of all Tusla buildings and facilities;
  • Regular and routine inspection of places, premises and equipment, which present a special risk of fire and reporting any breaches of the fire prevention code;
  • Instruction of staff in each premises in:

-  Avoidance of fire hazards

-  Summoning of the fire brigade

-  Operation of the fire alarm and fire equipment, and means of escape

- Curtailment of an outbreak of fire, pending the arrival of the fire brigade, prevention of smoke spread and evacuation of danger areas;

  • Arranging regular fire drills in all facilities, and ensuring their execution;
  • Monitoring, by having regular tests carried out, the water supply in all Tusla workplaces and facilities, to ensure that it is of sufficient volume and pressure for fire fighting purposes, reporting any deficiencies in this regard, and ensuring that all hydrants are clearly identified;
  • Advising as appropriate regarding interpretation of Health Technical Memorandums, Fire Protection Standards and Building Regulations issued by the Government Departments and ensuring their implementation;
  • Monitoring all means of escape to ensure that they are both safe and adequate and at all times, kept operative and clearly indicated;
  • Keeping proper records of all inspections, fires, evacuation drills, fire-fighting equipment and such other matters relating to his/her role as Fire Safety and Infrastructural Risk Manager;
  • Reporting in writing at agreed intervals to the Head of Estates or other delegated officer on the state of fire prevention services in Tusla buildings and premises; reporting immediately all outbreaks of fire, breach of the fire prevention order and failure to perform fire drills at such buildings and premises.  If so directed, the Fire Safety and Infrastructural Risk Manager will compile an annual report on all aspects of fire and safety pertaining to Tusla property;
  • Arranging to have appropriate fire prevention work programmes implemented under the direction of the Head of Estates;
  • Monitoring and reporting on the management of Health Safety and Infrastructural Risk issues in respect of Tusla capital projects;
  • Assessing the continuous professional training needs of Estates staff in the context of fire safety and infrastructural risk, and advising the Head of Estates on the procurement and coordination of appropriate training courses;
  • Provision of information to management and staff on fire safety, infrastructural risk, safety, health and welfare matters as pertaining to buildings and facilities;
  • Advising, guiding, and participating in the risk assessment process in respect of fire safety and infrastructural risk.
  • Advising on the suitability of equipment to reduce risk, ensuring where possible the standardisation of equipment in consultation with HSE/HBS or relevant provider;
  • Receiving copies of accident reports relevant to his/her area of expertise, and ensuring that any necessary action/investigation takes place; provision of accident investigation reports where appropriate;
  • Participation in relevant committees pertaining to role;
  • Monitoring and reporting on the health and safety performance of external contractors engaged on construction-related activity on Tusla premises;
  • Assisting in the establishment and amendment of Emergency Plans;
  • Assisting with the planning of the annual Minor Capital Programme in respect of fire safety and infrastructural risk through appropriate liaison with Regional Project Coordinators in identifying and prioritising necessary works;
  • Ensuring that appropriate provision is made for the establishment of on-going testing regimes in respect of water quality in Tusla facilities, with particular reference to legionella control;
  • Arranging for appropriate risk assessment procedures and remediation programmes where necessary in respect of water quality in Tusla facilities;
  • Establishment and execution of appropriate protocols in respect of routine testing of electrical installations, including portable appliance testing;
  • Arranging for the on-going implementation of electrical testing procedures, subject to the availability of the associated necessary resources;
  • Establishment and implementation of appropriate protocols in respect of hazardous materials, with particular reference to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs);
  • Appropriate on-going and regular liaison with HBS Corporate Estate Manager (Fire Safety), HBS Corporate Estates Manager (Health & Safety), and with HBS Regional Fire Prevention Officers in ensuring the execution of the foregoing duties

Other Duties:

  • Having a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role;
  • Achievement of targets and plans, and completion of agreed programmes within allocated budgets;
  • Acting as spokesperson for the Agency as required;
  • Demonstrating pro-active commitment to communications with stakeholders;
  • Developing good working relationships with both the Tusla and HBS Estates teams, with local, regional, and divisional Business Managers, and with advisors and managers of Tusla’s Health & Safety Dept.;
  • Supporting, promoting and actively participating in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient agency.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

  1. Hold a Level 8 (or higher) Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) major academic award in Architecture, Engineering or Surveying accredited by the relevant Professional Institute (Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Engineers Ireland, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)


  1. Have Membership of the relevant professional association:
  • Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland


  1. Be eligible for registration under the Building Control Act 2007, without requiring further assessment as it applies to your qualified discipline.


  1. Hold a qualification at least equivalent to i), ii) or iii).


  1. Have had at least seven years’ satisfactory experience after attaining the qualification at i), ii), iii) or iv) above in architecture, engineering or surveying work, including adequate experience in the construction or maintenance of buildings or in the installation or maintenance of the mechanical, electrical and heating services of such buildings.


  1. Possess a high standard of technical training and experience.


  1. Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and of administrative capacity) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


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


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

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