Fire/Health and Safety Officer

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University of Stirling

Job title: Fire/Health and Safety Officer

Job description: This role will provide professional advice to the University on all fire matters and support the Head of Safety, Environment and Continuity in the provision of competent health and safety advice to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors to all of our sites. The post holder will take the lead on advising upon and assessing fire safety provisions in all University buildings.

The post holder will also be responsible and take ownership of formulating policies and procedures, providing input into capital and maintenance projects and seeing this through to conclusion. The University Fire/Health & Safety Officer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of fire safety in all University buildings including conducting fire risk assessments and monitoring the completion of actions arising from those risk assessments (a legal requirement under the Fire Safety (Scotland) Act), developing associated compliance strategies and policies, and providing technical advice (e.g. act as the primary fire safety adviser for all capital projects and facilities management operations).
This will involve identifying risks and improvements required to meet legislative compliance or to reduce/mitigate risks. The post holder will also be responsible for investigating fire and safety related incidents, reporting findings to relevant staff and monitoring any arising actions. The post holder will also deliver any mandatory training to university staff in relation to fire and safety.

The role will require out of hours working including weekends in response to any incidents which require an on-site presence.

Description of Duties

  • Within a changing and dynamic environment report to senior university managers providing expert advice to ensure the safety of the institution, its physical assets and its people
  • Oversee all aspects of fire safety in university buildings and develop associated compliance strategies and policies
  • Undertake and maintain documented fire risk assessments of all University buildings as required by the Fire Safety (Scotland) Act 2005 and The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, or current legislation. Ensuring any resultant action plans are progressed and completed
  • Provide fire safety support to Accommodation Services to assist them in their duty to ensure University residential accommodation is fully compliant with the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1992 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Order 2000)
  • Liaise with relevant enforcing authorities, e.g., Health and Safety Executive, Stirling Council Building Control and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, in particular during HMO licence audits and building warrant inspections
  • Provide technical advice and guidance acting as the primary fire safety adviser at the design stage of capital projects and refurbishments e.g., advising on the design of fire protection systems, fire management plans, provision of means of escape, and ensuring overall fire safety compliance in accordance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the

technical handbook (Building regulations) * Provide fire safety advice during the cause-and-effect commissioning stages and construction phases of capital projects for all fire safety systems to ensure University fire safety requirements are met

  • Supervising and leading on briefing any fire engineers appointed by the University to ensure the University’s requirements are met
  • Provide advice and work closely with colleagues in property management in respect of the operation, management, installation and maintenance of all fire related life safety systems and asset protection systems
  • Provide technical advice on the suitability of building fire safety systems including fire-fighting equipment, fire safety protection equipment and fire alarm systems
  • Review and develop the fire management strategy and plans for all existing and new University buildings. Ensure these plans are effectively communicated to stakeholders, implemented and if necessary, undertake training in the implementation of those plans
  • Inform the University’s capital plan through the production of a five-year, fire safety capital investment plan

Please see attached document for a full list of duties.

Essential Criteria

  • NEBOSH General Certificate (Fire Safety) or equivalent
  • NEBOSH General Certificate (Health and Safety) or equivalent
  • Excellent working knowledge of Statutory Compliance
  • In depth experience of fire safety, health and safety and emergency response at a senior operational level including well developed leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of the installation, maintenance and operation of life safety systems including automatic fire alarm and detection, emergency lighting and sprinkler systems
  • Fuller drivers licence
  • Excellent auditing and inspection skills
  • Experience of implementing change in complex organisations
  • Financial and commercial awareness
  • The ability to support SEC colleagues and contribute to the wider departmental agenda
  • The ability to set problems in a wider context, identifying priorities and implications for other areas and coming up with sound solutions
  • The ability to work as part of a team and to foster collaborative partnerships
  • Excellent planning, analytical, presentation and should be IT literate
  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prepare and analyse appropriate reports and to complete records
  • Evidence of decision-making skills in critical situations
  • Ability to motivate self and teams
  • Honesty and integrity at all times
  • Knowledge of current advancements within the fire and safety industry
  • Ability to plan and organise resources
  • Good record keeping skills
  • Ability to build positive relationships with staff, tenants and contractors
  • Proven experience in conducting audits, undertaking risk assessments and compiling and implementing procedures

Desirable Criteria

  • NEBOSH Diploma
  • Understanding of working in a University Campus environment
  • Membership of IOSH (Tech grade) and IIFE (Tech grade) / IFSM (Associate grade)

Behaviours and Competencies

The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework. * Managing self and personal skills

Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly. * Delivering excellent service

Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards. * Finding solutions

Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation. * Embracing change

Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles. * Using resources effectively

Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets. * Engaging with the wider context

Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values. * Developing self and others

Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential. * Working together

Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process. * Achieving Results

Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

About Us

The Estates & Campus Services directorate comprises three main areas – Property Management, Facilities and Safety, Environment & Continuity and has responsibility for the longer-term development, maintenance and day to day operation of the buildings and grounds which support and add value to the core activities of the University. This involves providing professional, customer-focused services spanning the following activities with a view to maximising value and efficiency and ensuring that the quality of the estate contributes to the University’s overall reputation:

  • Development of the estate in line with the strategic priorities of the University
  • Maintenance of the building fabric, services and grounds
  • All legislative requirements
  • Energy management
  • Grounds and sports facilities maintenance
  • Security and the management of car parking
  • Provision of reception and lost property services
  • Safety, business continuity and environmental sustainability

The University

The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions, and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 30 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 140 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The University – also home to 1,700 staff – is ranked first in the UK and top three in the world for its campus environment (International Student Barometer 2022, wave two). Ranked first in the UK and top five in the world for its sports facilities (International Student Barometer 2022, wave two), Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Its world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University’s sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

The University has twice been recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019).

The University is a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal and a central partner of the Forth Valley University College Health Partnership. @stiruni

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Expected salary: £37099 – 44263 per year

Location: United Kingdom

Job date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 08:37:02 GMT

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