Health & Safety Manager
Office based. Flexible across all UK office locations - Potters Bar, London, Bristol & IOM
Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.
Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.
Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers. Job Purpose
What You'll Do
- The role holder has overall responsibility for the UK Division Health & Safety strategy making sure we comply with H&S legislation, championing a best-in-class Health & Safety culture and working in partnership with the business to advise best practice and a learning mindset.
- The role is office based with responsibility for all UK Division locations, including - Potters Bar, London, Bristol and the Isle of Man.
- The successful candidate will be a self-starter, great team player, influential and passionate to helps us keep colleagues and our business safe in a hybrid working world - always taking a forward-looking view to future proof decisions.
Own all aspects of H&S for the UK Division:
- This role exists to ensure that we have appropriate, current and up to date policies in line with best practice and keeping up to date with Health and Safety legislation and leading any changes required.
- It oversees all health and safety related matters relating to Canada Life colleagues, contractors, consultants, and visitors so they remain safe whilst in our buildings and working from home.
- Owns, maintains and updates as required the Health and Safety Policy, the main Business-wide Risk Assessment and the Health and Safety Legal Register.
- Owns and reports to the Company's Risk Committee and ensure issues raised are resolved in a timely manner.
- Leads the company's H&S representatives.
Manages all BAU H&S issues, risk assessments and reporting:
- Manages all business-as-usual health and safety issues, ensuring that appropriate policies and procedures are agreed & implemented, records maintained including but not limited to: Fire, Display Screen Equipment compliance, Office and Home Workstation Assessments, First Aid, Fire and Bomb, Driver Risk, Accidents and Near-misses.
- Manages the appropriate risk assessments process at all occupied premises and liaise with the Facilities Management team to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to reduce identified risks.
- Approve all COSHH and RAMS and approve all Permits to Work.
Give advice on all H&S related matters to keep the business safe and help it grow:
- Advise as needed, the Incident Management Team and/or Executive team on any H&S related matters.
- Provide advice and guidance to managers and colleagues on all health and safety issues, ensuring that they remain aware of their responsibilities and obligations.
- As subject matter expert, partner with our Learning team to provide the right training resources to make sure we have a best in class H&S culture - one where there is shared responsibility to keep our colleagues and our business safe.
Oversee and work with others as needed to manage all BAU H&S activity:
Who You Are
- Preparation and maintenance of site summaries for use by Management, External Parties and Legal Authorities.
- Partner with our People Experience team to record and investigate all accidents, contribute to the management of occupational health ill-health cases, and management of infectious diseases such as Covid-19.
- Produce an on-going Audit Report to capture outstanding action points from all risk assessments and specifically the Business-wide Risk Assessment.
- Ensure all action points from assessments, audits or reports are addressed with the appropriate urgency.
- Provide support to other members of the Facilities team as required to ensure all tasks are delivered in line with corporate and regulatory requirements.
- Ensure other members of the Facilities team maintain an up-to-date awareness of the health and safety requirements of the organisation to ensure sufficient cover is available at all times.
- Input to and manage the Health and Safety Budget covering training, equipment and consultancy costs.
- Provide First aid, Fire & Bomb Warden management and cover.
- Work with FM - Hard Services to ensure that all equipment is calibrated, serviced and maintained in accordance with H&S legislation.
As the primary Health and Safety professional the post holder must possess a high level of knowledge and competence across the business risk areas, particularly relating to health and safety standards of offices, office-based colleagues and also those who work from home and travel as a part of their job functions.
The post holder particularly requires:
- Recognised H&S qualification (e.g., NEBOSH Diploma / NEBOSH Certificate).
- Currently working in a health and safety role or recent experience in a health and safety role, and looking to learn and develop in a health and safety role.
- Able to identify relevant problems & recommend appropriate solutions to all levels of the business in order to protect the business.
- Able to prioritise workloads effectively, and work to deadlines.
- Good level of IT literacy using the Microsoft office suite including Sharepoint
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, to include report writing, delivering presentations and training at all levels of the business.
- Able to deal with sensitive/controversial issues diplomatically.
- Willingness to pursue further training/ qualifications within the industry.
- Knowledge of health and safety management systems & on-line legislative guidance resources e.g., Barbour
- Ensure an up-to-date awareness and demonstrable experience and understanding of current and proposed H&S regulations and legislation.
- An understanding of the changing world of work and the implications for the role of a Health and Safety Professional.
What you'll like about working here
- Recognised current Health and Safety qualification. The desired requirement for this role would be - NEBOSH Diploma and Chartered IOSH Member status. However, holders of the NEBOSH Certificate (or equivalent NVQ) may be considered together with very recent experience in a health and safety role and where candidates demonstrate a desire to train to achieve the NEBOSH Diploma.
- Excellent knowledge of all applicable current health and safety legislation & HR legislation around the Equality Act including but not limited to - Display Screen Equipment, Manual Handling of Loads, fire and water safety legislation, Electricity at Work and Gas safety.
As a Canada Life UK colleague, you'll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You'll also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development. Diversity and inclusion
Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences