Role of the Health & Safety Unit

  •   Co-ordinate and review the Safety Management System

  •   Promote a safety awareness culture throughout the Council across all levels.

  •   Advise management and employees on all matters relating to Safety, Health and Welfare.

  •   Carry out regular inspections of council buildings and work activities (together with line managers)

  •   Complete an annual programme of work for health, safety and welfare

  •   Review, maintain and update all Safety Management System Documentation

  •   Complete an audit of each unit on a two yearly basis to produce the Unit Risk Assessment documents.

  •   Identify gaps as part of the audits and prepare a risk register for each unit

  •   Monitor the implementation of hazard remedies and controls.

  •   Work with the training officer (and line managers) to identify health & safety training needs.

  •   Deliver safety awareness sessions within the Council.

  •   Complete accident and incident investigations and make recommendations for corrective action.

  •   Monitor accident trends to eliminate shortcomings in the safety management system.

  •   Provide advice, assistance and support to Safety Management Committee and Safety Representatives

  •   Provide assistance to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and any of its inspectors.

  •   Keep a register of all relevant legislation and keep up to date with new legislation.