About the job
The Health and Safety Officer must demonstrate technical competence as well as
understanding of Construction Health and Safety Planning, Implementation and
Management. As a Professional Construction Health and Safety Officer he/she must
demonstrate his / her competence based on the Scope of Services for Construction Health
and Safety Officers.
The Health and Safety Officer or Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officer is a Health and
Safety Practitioner with at least 5 to 8 years’ experience, competency and proficiency in all 9
knowledge areas of construction health and safety, who is able to work independently. These
knowledge areas are:
a. Procurement Management
b. Cost Management
c. Hazard Identification Management
d. Risk Management
e. Accident / Incident Investigation Management
f. Legislations and Regulations
g. Health, Hygiene and Environmental Management
h. Communication Management
i. Emergency Preparedness Management
This position will report to the Principal Scientist.
This position will be based in Cape Town.
Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum 5 years of experience in safety management, monitoring and auditing
- A relevant degree or diploma in safety management as well as years of on-site experience is essential for this position.
- SAMTRAC and other relevant safety management courses
- 5 to 8 years’ experience in construction health and safety management.
- A minimum requirement of this position is to be registered as a Professional Construction Health and Safety Officer with the relevant registration body: South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP)/ (or be in the process of obtaining) registration as a Construction Health and Safety Officer
- Proficiency in particular software applications such as Isometrix, MS projects, MS
Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc. would be beneficial.
A Construction Health and Safety Officer shall be expected to demonstrate good knowledge
of health and safety requirements, with the capability to plan, compile, implement and manage the health and safety requirements for a construction project from Initiation and Briefing to Project Close-out. A Construction Health and Safety Officer shall also be required to show ability to mentor Safety Representatives, coach and guide construction workers and less-experienced Construction Health and Safety Officers.
The skills set required include: good writing skills, good communication and reporting abilities, analytical abilities, proficiency in reviewing reports, collating and organising safety data (from various sources) in summary form, which must include the ability to present data in an informative, yet factual and objective (balanced) manner. Literature reviewing and research skills, organisational abilities, planning and scheduling of work to meet client and company deadlines is essential. Basic planning / project management and meeting handling skills are also required. Working knowledge of the safety management techniques, use of safety software applications, tools processes and application thereof is required.
- Report Writing and Analytical Skills
- Proactive and diligently committed to safety
- Detail oriented
- Ability to work under time pressure
- Good communicator
- Good interpersonal communication
- Auditing and monitoring Health and Safety compliance on a variety of sites/ locations
and must ensure that construction work is completed within the prescribed safety
standards and safe work procedures.
- Be able to assist clients in developing strategies and planning for at least the stages
immediately prior to construction of a project i.e. from Procurement, Tender and
Documentation to Construction and Close Out.
- Provide site-specific information and advice for construction, aimed at ensuring
compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 and the Construction
Regulations, 2014 and other safety regulations.
- May be required to work during the construction, decommissioning phase of the
project to oversee construction health and safety.
- Provide general expertise and on-site support on engineering projects related to
safety legal compliance, setting and meeting safety objectives (either at a project- or
site-specific level) in conformity with client requirements.
- Providing safety and health expertise to clients across a range of sectors and
industries; Safety training/ audits/ documentation, fire safety, legal compliance,
assisting in implementing the company’s ISO 18001 system, and environmental
- Auditing and monitoring health and safety for specific projects in the construction
health and safety line of the business
- Assuming responsibility for the monitoring and reporting of specific construction
health and safety projects within the group of companies. This would require fulfilling
the role and Scope of Services required of Construction Health and Safety Officers and
in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its relevant
Construction Regulations, 2014
- Developing knowledge and practical experience in implementation of various projects
and assignments relating to Construction Health and Safety Monitoring
- Ensuring that projects are run efficiently and according to their agreed timeframes
and allocated budgets. Reporting on the health and safety performance of projects,
i.e. compliance with legal requirements and client standards will be a key
performance area of the incumbent
- Assisting the Health and Safety Manager in monitoring, research and reporting on
safety of the operations of the company as well as its duties as an employer, in running
projects, and in the general administration of the company with regards to the OHSA
- Undertaking all work in accordance with the Quality Management System (QMS), and
quality assurance procedures as well as policies of the company
- Training and experience: the Health & Safety Officer shall avail him/herself for
receiving and imparting adequate training and will be required to commit to
mentoring junior staff. Whilst training shall normally be during office hours, there may
be instances, where it would require committing one’s private time (such as on
weekends, after hours, etc.)
- Effective implementation and compliance with of the company’s Occupational Health
and Safety Management System
- Implementation and compliance with the company’s QMS. This also entails ensuring
that team members abide by this system (i.e. quality processes and procedures)
- Collaborating with and assisting other sister companies by providing specialist OHS
input and advice as and when required
If you meet the above requirements, apply by sending your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
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