London Metropolitan University – Head of Health and Safety

Head of Health and Safety

Candidate Information Pack


Introduction London Metropolitan University The Estate Job description and person specification Working at London Met Application process

Introduction London Metropolitan University is a striving and ambitious institution committed to transforming the lives of its students through excellent education. We are committed to making education available to people from all walks of life, creating and advancing social justice, social mobility and access to opportunity and professions. Our graduates benefit personally, but also contribute to society, culture, public services and the economy in all areas of London, the UK and around the world. The Head of Health & Safety is responsible for providing assurance to the Senior Leadership Team and Health and Safety Committee on the status of the University’s compliance with statutory, regulatory and best practice health and safety compliance. Key aspects of the role include the development and implementation of Health & Safety Strategy, maintenance and continuous improvement of Health & Safety polices and processes, leadership and management of the Health & Safety team, all to drive a best practice culture for health, safety and wellbeing throughout the University for students, staff and the wider University community. We are seeking an individual with demonstrable experience of leading a health and safety function cross a large-scale, diverse organisation in a comparable context. The successful candidate will possess demonstrable experience of delivering health & safety management initiatives that drive organisational change and performance improvement, resulting in best practice (including the programme to achieve ISO45001 accreditation). The role calls for an individual with proven leadership and influencing skills and with a strong focus on delivering excellent customer experience. It is anticipated that you will have a relevant professional background in the health and safety industry, supported by a relevant professional qualification. This role provides the opportunity for a motivated health and safety professional to take up a senior leadership role across a diverse London-based university that has an ambitious and aspirational culture.

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University has a rich history with strong educational roots dating back to 1848. The University as it is today was created in 2002 with the merging of London Guildhall University and the University of North London, the first merger between two universities in the UK. Based in one of the world’s most exciting capital cities, London Met is home to a diverse community of inspiring and determined learners, teachers and innovative thinkers. We offer a wide range of courses, from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to short courses and professional qualifications, many of which are available to study full-time or part-time. We take pride in helping our students reach their goals and succeed in their careers. 96.7% of all London Met graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016–17). All of our undergraduate courses include some form of work-related learning, such as a placement, client project or on-campus work experience, and many courses are accredited by professional bodies.

Our mission To transform lives through the power of education.

Academic vision To be the university of choice, transforming lives for a diverse range of students from London, the UK and around the world.

Our values • Integrity • Excellence • Service • Collaboration and teamwork • Effective citizenship

We had a total of 9,714 UK-based higher education students in 2018–19, of which:

The University’s academic structure is made up of six schools

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School of Human Sciences Offering a wide range of courses in subjects including science, dietetics, and sport.

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School of Art, Architecture and Design Internationally recognised for high quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique opportunities.

The Estate The university is spread across two teaching campuses totalling 79,599 sqm GIA: one in the heart of Aldgate which houses the School of Art, Design and Architecture ranked 4th in the UK university league tables. The main campus is in Islington which includes the award winning Graduate Centre designed by internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind. In addition there is the specialist business incubator, the Accelerator, located in Shoreditch and high- ly regarded for its annual Big Ideas Challenge. Innovative teaching spaces In spring 2018 we opened our brand new world-class teaching facility in the Roding Building consisting of 11 high-spec classrooms installed with cutting-edge technology, including a state of the art Ideation room with the world’s largest, interactive, digital whiteboard. There are study commons rooms, a variety of social spaces and accompanying breakout seminar rooms, IT suites and collaboration spaces, across three floors. Specialist facilities We officially opened the University’s Cyber Security Research Centre in September 2018 with a dedicated investment of £500,000. The University also boasts state-of-the art facilities from a brand new UN accredited Translation and Interpretation Suite, a mock courtroom, Bloomberg suite and purpose-built art, design and recording studios. Student Union Opened in 2018, our newly refurbished Harglenis building is a space dedicated to our Students’ union centre providing social and office space with its own student radio studio station, Verve. Library and study space Housed within a refurbished 1960’s glass factory, this facility provides over 9642sqm GIA of formal learning space with a wide range of study spaces and facilities to support student learning. Hospitality and catering The university supports seven catering outlets across all of its campuses including a brand new catering outlet called the Highbury Canteen providing a combination of hot meals and branded coffee shops. This is in addition to the 352 seat licensed Rocket Student Bar and recently refurbished 400 seat Great Hall venue built in 1896 which is used for a wide scope of events such as conferences, exhibitions, trade fairs, award ceremonies, receptions and conventions.

Business Incubation Based in Shoreditch, our specialist business incubator space, Accelerator provides the perfect home for the student enterprise programme which gives London Met’s passionate early stage entrepreneurs a chance to turn their business ideas into viable ventures through a network of advisors and investors, experts and mentors and an active events and initiatives programme. For 15 years Accelerator has been helping their community of tech start ups to grow and scale in the heart of Tech City. World Class teaching laboratories We have spent over £30 million to create one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe. Our Science Centre on Holloway Road is home to an incredible Superlab, which has 280 individual workstations and is one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe. The centre offers exceptional teaching and research facilities, giving our students a cutting-edge experience of learning science.

Job Description

Health and Safety Job Purpose

The Head of Health and Safety is responsible for providing assurance to the Senior Leadership Team and Health and Safety Committee on the status of the University’s compliance with statutory, regulatory and best practice health and safety compliance. The Head of Health and Safety is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the safety function to ensure the University not only discharges its legal obligations in relation to Health and Safety but maintains a safety management system that is able to effectively control the risk associated with London Metropolitan University’s activities. The Head of Health and Safety is also charged with promoting good practice and continuous improvement in the safety agenda, while maintaining a high standard advisory service covering all aspects of health and safety. In achieving this the Head of Health and Safety will establishing and manage processes and systems that permit the effective governance and management of Health and Safety throughout London Metropolitan University Key areas • Provide effective leadership for the Health and Safety Team • Maintain an effective Health and Safety auditing and inspection programme • Develop and implement a University Health and Safety strategy • Maintain the University’s corporate policy and procedures • Develop key performance indicators in Health and Safety • Develop and maintain the Health and Safety website, data bases and information • Produce monthly statistics, accidents, ill-health data etc., • Take a shared problem solving approach to proactively provide advice, guidance and support on health and safety matters to school and departments. • Implement and maintain a Health and Safety document management system • Oversee the procurement of Health and Safety related materials, equipment and services maintaining associated inventories and records. • Manage the expectation of Schools and departments in relations to their Health and Safety responsibilities.

Main duties and responsibilities The postholder will: Support schools and departments in achieving continuously improving health and safety performance, by focusing specifically on the following areas. Compliance with Legal Obligations • The development of a 3 year Health and Safety strategy for the University • To develop an annual Health and Safety plan for both the department and University regularly reporting on progress of the plan • To direct the corporate risk management and compliance strategy in relation to Health and Safety. • Lead the drive for continuous improvements in the safety culture within the University through the development of self-sustaining, proactive approaches to the Health and Safety agenda. • To ensure the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations as amended and statutory provisions, including the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005, are communicated to relevant staff. • To advise and assist the Vice-Chancellor, Directors, Heads of School, in the management of planning, organising, controlling and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for work, research and education. Monitoring safety performance • To ensure a tracking systems is in place for audit, inspection, accident findings/ recommendations and report on progress regularly to the Health and Safety Committee • Manage the implementation of both audit and inspection programmes drawing up reports on recommendations from inspections and audit findings while tracking progress of the recommendations implementation. • To monitor compliance with legislation, the University’s policy and Health and Safety management system bring significant risks and non-compliance to the attention of the University’s senior team, Health and Safety Committee and other relevant Committees of the University. • To develop, maintain and review the corporate Health and Safety policy, safety management system and arrangements in consultation with managers and employee representatives and to ensure the policy and associated guidance and procedures are communicated effectively throughout the University • To monitor and audit safety performance of Schools and Departments against legislation requirements, best practice and the University Health and Safety management systems.

Accident investigation and prevention • To maintain a system for recording, reporting and investigating injuries, accidents, dangerous occurrences and near miss instances. • To receive and investigate reports of accidents, dangerous occurrences, near misses and fire damage, determine their causes and make recommendations for improving recurrence prevention and controls. • Provide statistical summaries to the University’s Health and Safety Committee, drawing senior management’s attention to significant trends and occurrences. • To provide annual data for inclusion in the HESA sector statistics. • To act as the “Responsible Person” for reporting notifiable injuries and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing agencies. • To liaise with the Finance Department in respect of investigating claims for industrial injuries. Training • To develop annual Health and Safety training programme in conjunction with CPED, while maintain a training matrix, and ensuring induction training and individual training needs are undertaken. • To monitor health and safety e-leaning packages reporting on poor uptake of University mandatory learning packages • To organise the development of and delivery of specialist training in conjunction with CPED. Emergency Procedures • To collaborate in developing the University’s crisis response and disaster recovery plans. • To ensure the Health and Safety Fire Manager provides fire advice on proposals for alterations and improvements to buildings and services with respect to safety and fire precautions. • Liaise with the Disability Service and building surveyors on disability related needs. • To acts as the point of contact and liaise with Public Health England on relevant matters. Safety of the Estate • To provide advice and assurance on all relevant and specific life safety matters such as, but not limited to, water hygiene, fire safety, confined spaces, electrical safety, boilers and pressure vessels, construction etc.

• To advise the Estates team regarding adequacy of both hard and soft fire systems and their arrangements i.e. Fire strategy for each building, fire alarm systems, maintenance and testing, fire signage, fire documentation etc. • To ensure a rolling programme of fire risk assessments, inspections and evacuation drills with an adequately competent number of fire wardens are undertaken by the health and safety team. Health and Safety Committees • To provide professional support to Schools and other departmental Health and Safety committees including advice on risk management and development of local Health and Safety procedures. • To attend, advise and support the University Health and Safety Committee, and other Committees as required and to prepare an annual report and periodic reports on progress, accidents and incidents and accident statistics, stratagem, annual plan together with progress on audit and inspection findings. Specialist Issues • To advise on a range of specialist areas, e.g. fire regulations, radiation, laser, hazardous substances, noise, and safeguarding of machinery • To advise and provide training on the storage, handling, use and disposal of dangerous substances and special waste and monitor compliance of the COSHH management system • Liaising with the University’s Occupational Health Service and Human Resources Department on such matters as occupational health surveillance and monitoring, and health promotion.

Management responsibilities • To provide effective leadership of the Health and Safety team to ensure professionally delivered, competent and timely Health and Safety provision. • To manage and monitor staffing and other resources to ensure an effective Health and Safety provision is available to Schools and Departments. • To manage individual’s performance and development ensuring a minimum baseline of competency is maintained within the wider team. • To manage the Health and Safety Team budget keeping it within allocated limits and provide a business case for any additional resources • To perform as a senior member of the Estates Department contributing at a strategic level and deputising for the Director of Estates as required. General Responsibilities • To liaise and negotiate with the Health and Safety Executive, local authority Environmental Health Officers, the LFEPA, and other enforcement agencies as appropriate and to communicate the University’s intentions and arrangements in respect of Health and Safety issues. • USHA • To ensure that the necessary statutory licences relating to aspects of the University’s activities are obtained, maintained and updated as necessary and that all statutorily required notifications are submitted • The post holder will have a strong commitment to coaching, development, and working collaboratively The above list is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected to ensure the University meets its civil and statutory obligations to secure the health, safety and welfare of the employees and other persons.

Miscellaneous • Exemplify and promote the values of the University. Have a strong commitment to coaching and developing; working cooperatively with colleagues; valuing the contribution of others and sharing knowledge and expertise. • Undertake other duties of a reasonable nature, as may be determined by the postholder’s supervisor from time to time, in consultation with the postholder. • Carry out all duties in accordance with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy and other policies designed to protect members of staff or students from harassment. It is the duty of the postholder not to act in a prejudicial or discriminatory manner towards members of staff, students, visitors or members of the public. The postholder should also counteract such practice or behaviour by challenging or reporting it. • Take reasonable care of health and safety of self, other people and resources whilst at work to comply with the University’s Health and Safety Policy, Codes of Practice and local rules. • Co-operate with the line manager or any other person with specific responsibility for health and safety, to enable the University’s responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act to be performed.

Person Specification


Relevant Criteria

Essential/ Desirable

Relevant experience Extensive experience of working in a large complex organisation whist carrying out a deputy or Head of Health and Safety role. Experience of working with external agencies to progress Health and Safety related issues. Experience of developing and delivering Health and Safety training. Experience of setting, monitoring and achieving organisational standards and targets Experience of working in a pressurised environment with limited resources and tight deadlines. Experience of working in an educational institution, preferably in the HE/FE sector. Experience of Health and Safety auditing systems.






Education and training

Diploma in Safety Management (NEBOSH diploma level) or equivalent. Degree in science, health & safety or engineering discipline. Post graduate management qualification. Chartered Member of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Evidence of recent in-service training/skills updating/CPD. Comprehensive knowledge of aspects of Health and Safety Management. Up to date knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, associated with University activities. Exposure to best practice or leading edge Health and Safety Management.



General and special knowledge



Relevant Criteria

Essential/ Desirable

Skills and abilities


Ability to write and present reports, including safety audit reports to a high standard with appropriate monitoring and follow up on the implementation of recommendations. High level of interpersonal skills with an effective and flexible interpersonal style, to ensure influence and credibility with staff at all levels. Ability to forge and sustain good working relationships with colleagues and external agencies. Ability to work collaboratively and supportively as part of a team. Ability to meet deadlines, achieve targets and adapt to changing priorities Good skills in IT; self-sufficient in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Ability to make decisions rapidly in an emergency and take appropriate action. Ability to work both under direction and on personal initiative. An aptitude for proactive identification and problem solving Ability to analyse and present data and information clearly and precisely to a variety of audiences. Commitment to improving the standards of Health and Safety across the University ensuring safe environment and safe students, staff and others. A strong commitment to: • the University’s values, mission and strategic plan; • a “coaching and developing” approach when dealing with colleagues and students; and • working collegially; valuing the contribution of others and sharing knowledge and expertise.








Special requirements


Working at London Met

In addition to the working in an ambitious, dynamic and diverse organisation and a competitive salary level, staff working at the University additionally benefit from: • generous annual leave entitlement • a career salary average pension scheme with up to 18% employer contribution • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) members have the option to pay into shared cost salary sacrifice AVCs • a fee waiver scheme for staff undertaking relevant university courses • free on-site sport and fitness facilities including gymnasium use and classes • access to 24/7 confidential support from our Employee Assistance Programme by phone or a mobile app which includes telephone counselling • free employee eye tests and discounted spectacles through our eye care voucher scheme • interest free season ticket loan (after completing probationary period) • a professional staff development programme • tax efficient salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers, cycles and cycling equipment • employee private healthcare plan through the Simply Health cash plan • access to library facilities • access to below market rate sports injuries treatments • a broad range of formal and informal development opportunities to enhance your career • commitment to lifelong learning.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Championing equity and inclusion lies at the heart of everything we do here at London Metropolitan University.

You can find out more about our values and the action we’re taking by visiting our Centre for Equity and Inclusion and our Equality and Diversity webpages.

Application Process The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG). To arrange a confidential briefing conversation please contact our advisor Michael Hewlett ( of MRG on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and a covering letter (of not more than 2 pages). Applications should be sent to The closing date for applications is Sunday 26th September 2021.

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