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Health and Safety Advisor
  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CPP00336
  • Published: Fri 07/05/2021, 10:59 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 21/05/2021, 10:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £29577 - £32234 per annum + pension, flexible working
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Based in Chichester, Based in Crawley, Based in Horsham or Chichester, but working countywide , Hampshire, West Sussex

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Health and Safety Advisor

About Us

Making West Sussex a safer place to live, work and visit, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service responds to a range of emergencies across the county including fires, road traffic collisions, flooding and animal rescues. Our firefighters also respond to emergencies outside of West Sussex, assisting in both national and international search and rescue operations.

We have a bold and strong commitment to improving the lives of our residents, especially when it comes to ensuring our communities feel safe. Despite the challenges we are grappling with and those that lay ahead of our organisation and our sector, we have plans to meet this challenge 'head on'. You will find a passionate and dedicated team of staff across our organisation and a newly modelled senior team structure.

For more information about West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, please visit our WSCC Fire and Rescue page.

About The Job

Salary: £29,577 - £32,234 per annum
Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
Location: Chichester, County Hall
Interview date: Mid June 2021

Your role as a Health and Safety Advisor is a specialist function and unique to the Fire and Rescue Service.

You will apply your specialist knowledge to ensure the provision of competent advice and guidance in a specialised range of areas, including Fire Service personnel operating at major incidents in a highly hazardous environment.

Working as part of a team you will support the Health and Safety Manager, advising and supporting the Chief Fire Officer and Service Executive Board on implementing management systems that comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed by the relevant statutory health, safety and welfare provisions.

Experience and Skills

Key Skills:

  1. Developed advisory, negotiation and persuasion skills in order to encourage others to adopt necessary health and safety policies and procedures.
  2. Ability to interpret complex information to produce health, safety and welfare guidance with minimal supervision.
  3. Analytical and judgemental skills in order to assess health and safety needs and to respond appropriately and provide unbiased options.
  4. Ability to organise/prioritise work, co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way and meet agreed deadlines.
  5. Ability to design, deliver and evaluate health, safety, and fire training packages.
  6. The ability to keep up to date with new developments in the health, safety, and fire field.
  7. Excellent written and oral presentation skills for a variety of tasks, e.g. delivering training to staff.

Qualifications and/or experience:


  • A National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Certificate or a National Vocational Qualification level 3 in Occupational Safety and Health, or a British Safety Council Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.
  • An appropriate qualification (or appropriate relevant experience) in the specialist area of Fire and Rescue Health and Safety.
  • Teaching qualification (City & Guilds, level 3 or equivalent).


  • Technical membership of the Chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or associate membership of International Institute of Risk and Safety Managers (IIRSM).
  • RoSPA QSA Lead Auditor or equivalent.
  • IOSH Accident Investigation Course or equivalent.
  • Advanced Behavioural Safety Course.
  • IRM Business Risk Management Course.
  • Manual Handling - Train the Trainer Course.
  • Experience of providing an effective health and safety service within the relevant specialism, contributing to policy and procedural improvements, and providing a high level of advice and guidance.
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of health, safety, fire, and other associated legislation in hazardous and safety critical environments.
  • Experience of developing safe systems of work and procedures to improve employee health, safety, welfare and risk management, and the health and safety of non-employees affected by an employer's operations.
  • Experience of building effective working relationships.
  • Previous experience of working within an Emergency Service.

Rewards and Benefits

As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

Aside from 26 days annual leave, you will also have access to a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for this role is CPP00336 .

For issues or queries regarding your application please contact .

To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults

This post is subject to satisfactory references, health check.