• Tue. Sep 20th, 2022

Job: Health and Safety / EO Compliance Manager at the British High Commission

ByChad J. Johnson

Sep 14, 2022

Job ID: 19/22 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Rank: Executive Officer (EO)
Start date: November 1, 2022
Type of position: CDI
Post Type: British High Commission
Job Subcategory: Estates
Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and General Services)

Primary objective

  • The main objective of this role is to provide network oversight and advice to the management team on all matters of safety, health and welfare within the Nigerian network. The Post will rely on this role to ensure there is compliance with FCDO global health and safety policies, guidelines, procedures, standards and practices.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Ensure that all Nigeria Network (NN) health and safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and regularly reviewed, updated and communicated.
  • Ensure that all accidents are documented, investigated and recommended for improvements implemented, recommend actions to prevent recurrence, circulate information and provide information/data.
  • Ensure safety inspections are performed, fire drills and fire alarms are properly reported, safety inspections, hazard assessments and lone work procedures are managed, and employees are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Coordinate the NN’s development of health and safety policies, work systems and procedures.
  • Establish a comprehensive program of documented health and safety inspections, audits and verifications.
  • Establish a structured health and safety training program throughout NN.
  • Act as secretary of NN Health and Safety Committee meetings and ensure that all agreed action points are completed on time.
  • Keep up to date with all relevant aspects of occupational health, safety and well-being and communicate relevant changes to stakeholders.
  • Provide regular reports to the position health and safety committee on relevant network health and safety activities.
  • Liaise with vendors for procurement of health and safety resources
  • Assist the extended corporate services team in the audit follow-up on health and safety issues.
  • Provide compliance support in key areas of corporate services. Work with the Head of Corporate Services to ensure ideal scores on compliance metrics across the network.
  • Promote learning and development regarding health and safety within the network
  • Liaise with local authorities, fire departments and any other security/professional bodies.
  • Ensure staff are fully conversant with all applicable health and safety laws, codes of practice and other relevant documents which give guidance on how to ensure the highest standards of health and safety, that it is reasonably possible to achieve, are achieved.
  • Prepare for regional office review of specific hazard handling procedures and assist in the development of site health and safety plans.
  • Check the competence of the subcontractors and inform the post office of the result.
  • Assist site management in ensuring contractors’ safe work systems are adequate.
  • Coordinate immunization programs with respective stakeholders.

Fire Safety Responsibilities

  • Prepare and implement an emergency plan.
  • Review safety procedures and fire precautions, which should include conducting annual fire risk assessments of all estate premises and regional offices.
  • The Fire Advisor’s Fire Risk Assessment Report for Head of Mission Offices and Residences should be used to facilitate this process.
  • Implement and maintain the recommendations made by the fire consultant in the fire risk assessment report.
  • Conduct fire drills.
  • Appoint fire wardens and an assembly point officer, if required.
  • Ensure that inspection and testing of fire alarm systems, fire equipment and portable devices are carried out.
  • Ensure fire safety management systems are in place and effective.
  • Identify details of hazards, special risks and storage areas.
  • Testing and maintenance of PATs and electrical installations to comply with Department of State and policy.
  • Consultation to be sought from the post to check the standards to ensure that the equipment is fully operational.
  • Keep a file dedicated to fire safety at the Post Office, which must contain the following documents

Resources managed (staff and expenses):

  • Health and Safety Assistant
  • Responsibility for health and safety budget monitoring

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Qualification in health and safety or 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in a building service, hospitality or facilities management environment
  • Work without close supervision, but good team spirit
  • Experience or knowledge of environmental management systems
  • Administrative work experience
  • He/she must have a proven track record in generating, tracking and achieving health and safety goals.
  • He/she must be an excellent communicator with strong influencing skills, able to build exceptional working relationships at all levels, confident in challenging unacceptable health and safety behaviors

Desired qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Relevant Certificate in Business Administration in Safety, Health and Environment
  • IOSH and/or Nebosh (or similar) qualification with proof of certificate(s)
  • Valid Nigerian Driver’s License
  • Experience in health and safety management on construction sites

Required behaviors:

  • Make effective decisions, deliver at pace, leadership, work together

Other benefits and conditions of employment:

  • Working Modes: BHC working hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to take):

  • Compulsory apprenticeship
  • Learning and development opportunities at work
  • Career development support.


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