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Health, Safety, Quality & Environment Advisor

Date Posted: 17 September 2020

Original Style is one of the U.K.’s leading tile manufacturers and distributors, with an extensive portfolio of high-quality ceramic, porcelain, glass, mosaic and stone tiles. Based in the South West employing around 245 members of staff, Original Style has departments in customer service, finance, manufacturing, ICT, marketing, warehousing, purchasing, human resources, and retail. Original Style also has a commercial division working with architects, developers and specifiers, supplying a variety of projects from Gin Distilleries and hotels, to supermarkets and swimming pools. Experiencing year on year growth, with products available in over 60 countries and over 2000 retail outlets worldwide, there’s never been a more exciting time to work with Original Style.

Department: Facilities
Reports To: Finance Director
Hours: Full-Time

Purpose Of the role

To support and advise the Company on all aspects with regards to Health, Safety, Environment and Quality. Responsible for the development, implementation and review of Health, Safety and Environment legislation and industry standards within Original Style across all areas such as retail showrooms, production, warehouse, offices, home offices. Provide advice and guidance to the Company on a full range of operational health, safety and fire safety matters which will require on-site visits to other Original Style sites. Assist to ensure the quality of the Company’s products and to certify that product meets established government and industry regulations.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assist all levels of management to implement and comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and relevant safety legislation. Make recommendations and interpret policy decisions to ensure legislative compliance.
  • Encourage and promote a positive and conscious safety, environmental and quality culture within Original Style and to drive continuous improvement in health, safety and quality performance.
  • Provide Health and Safety expertise by maintaining an up-to-date understanding of all appropriate health, safety and environmental legislation. Ensure compliance with statutory regulations and safety standards.
  • Keep up-to-date with quality standards and monitor new quality laws applicable to the Company’s business; updating Company guidelines and developing implementation strategies as appropriate.
  • Facilitate a quality assurance approach to ensure the quality of the Company’s products.
  • Accurately analyse quality and certify adherence to established guidelines and quality processes.
  • Conduct and review risk assessments across all the Company’s sites, including COSHH. Ensure relevant employees are aware of the findings of risk assessments and know where they can be accessed.
  • Review risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) from external contractors.
  • Conduct and formally document health, safety and quality inspections and audits across all the Company’s sites.
  • Compile statistics on accidents/incidents, analyse trends and ensure root causes are identified and appropriate remedial solutions are adopted. Identify measures to reduce the risks to employees, customers and others affected by the Company’s undertakings.
  • Create and implement H&S training programmes for all departments.
  • Liaise with Human Resources (HR) colleagues and external agencies to contribute to the management of sickness absence and employee occupational health and wellbeing initiatives across the Company.
  • Attend the Executive H&S quarterly meetings.
  • Undertake continuing professional development to keep up to date with new and changing legislation, best practice, technological developments and the ongoing demands of the business.
  • Ensure compliance with all health and safety, quality and human resource policies and procedures of Original Style.

These are the main functions of the job but employees may be required to carry out other duties as may be reasonably required.

Personal Specification:

  • have a NEBOSH National General Certificate, Diploma or degree in Health & Safety, with a competency level that meets with Tech IOSH membership category as a minimum;
  • have proven hands-on experience in a similar role, ideally in a retail showroom and/or manufacturing environment;
  • have proven hands-on experience in a similar role, ideally in a retail showroom and/or manufacturing environment;
  • possess honed analytical skills, essential for quality control duties;
  • understand the safety risks associated with people, projects and processes;
  • be self-motivated and able to work on own initiative;
  • demonstrate good time management skills with the ability to prioritise;
  • be able to identify emerging problems and proactively develop solutions with an awareness of business needs;
  • have an investigative mind with attention to detail;
  • possess a high level of numeracy and literacy with strong verbal and written communication skills; able to write concise reports;
  • be able to work to set standards and procedures;
  • have the ability to build a rapport with managers and supervisors; be approachable;
  • be IT literate, with good MS Office skills;
  • demonstrate an interest in H&S legislation with the ability to understand regulations;
  • possess a valid driving licence.

Remuneration and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits including a contributory pension scheme, staff discounts, childcare vouchers and death in service cover. In addition there is structured training and the potential for career progression within our rapidly growing dynamic company.

Head Office

Original Style Limited, Falcon Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LF, England.

How to apply

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter (including salary expectations) to Diane Smith, Human Resources Manager preferably by email to dsmith@originalstyle.com or by post to Original Style Limited, Falcon Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, EX2 7LB, United Kingdom.