Health & Safety Manager (Horticulture)

Posted 1 week ago

Our client is Soft Fruit Grower in Kent with an exceptional reputation as an employer and respected throughout the industry as a quality orientated operator.

As a Soft Fruit grower the Health and Safety responsibilities will cover all aspects of Farming practice, Harvesting, Packing, Production, on site employee safety and temporary staff living arrangements organised by the employer.

Common duties:

Monitor Workplace Health and Safety

As the Health and safety manager you will constantly look for possible problems in the workplace, both informally and through scheduled inspections. In doing so, you will spot hazards before negative incidents occur. Your  actions will create a better environment and ensure the company complies with government and industry regulations.

Train Employees

 Teaching employees about safety policies and procedures creates awareness and increases the likelihood of them doing things the right way. As a Manager you will especially take care to instruct new employees, but retraining existing workers with drills, seminars, and periodic reminders keeps vital information front and centre for everyone.

Encourage Best Health and Safety Practices

Giving people rules or info is one thing, but getting them to follow along is quite another. Health and safety managers often develop programs to promote and reward positive behaviour like wearing proper safety gear and acting in a responsible manner. As a strong leader you will make yourself approachable and open and with a Continuous Improvement mindset you will ask staff members for feedback and suggestions on how to improve the workplace, and make it known that anyone can drop by for advice.

Deal with Injuries

When someone gets hurt, as health and safety manager you may have to perform basic first aid and ensure prompt medical attention. This H&S manager will also work with other parties to investigate what happened, fill out accident reports, and monitor claims.

Manage Health and Safety compliance

You will also attend meetings with other managers, participate in organizational decision-making, and issue reports on their domain. When government inspectors come to visit, you will show them around and provide necessary paperwork documenting compliance measures.

Health and Safety Manager Skills and Qualifications

You will need great interpersonal skills. By clearly communicating with staff, they promote understanding and correct action. You also should be an excellent listener. A worker’s minor concern might warrant attention before it becomes a major problem, and someone’s common-sense suggestion could form the basis of a great improvement. Other factors critical to the job include:

  • Leadership – following every safety procedure  makes a manager a good role model whom others respect. You must be able to draw on personal experience and apply judgement to reach a firm decision.
  • Teamwork – H&S managers collaborate with managers of other departments and encourage an overall “we’re in this together” spirit among employees
  • Attention to detail – As a health and safety manager you are a keen observer who know that spotting “little” things can yield big results
  • Organization skills – keeping investigations thorough, on schedule, and according to established procedure maintains safety and satisfies regulatory and legal compliance

Health and Safety Manager Education and Training

Candidates for this position should have a H&S qualification, perhaps a Degree or HND in Safety within organisations , NEBOSH would be desirable. This company places a heavy emphasis on prior experience and proven leadership ability.

We are looking for candidates with some experience of a Farming / Agricultural environment.

Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) 1273 720599 or +44 (0)7734 861 080 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company

Job Features

Job CategoryHealth and Safety Manager, HSE
TypeFull Time
Salary£45,000 - £50,000
Job NumberF31

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