Workplace health and safety is all about sensibly managing risks to protect workers and the business. As a Health and Safety Manager it is your responsibility to ensure the business has a good health & safety management system comprising of a series of practical policies, plans and procedures designed to reduce risk and protect people.
You will need to have a technical mindset with an engineering, distilling or chemical background with an understanding of the importance of KPI’s in driving performance. You will assume responsibility for ensuring that the distilling process is compliant from a Health & Safety perspective by demonstrating solid leadership skills and the ability to manage team performance.
Main duties and responsibilities
Your main role as a health and safety manager is to prevent accidents, injuries, and work-related illness. To achieve this, you will design and implement safety procedures and policies that minimise the risk of accidents or injuries in the workplace.
Typical duties include creating and implementing organisational safety guidelines, promoting a culture of safety in the workplace, and performing regular inspections to check compliance. You will manage the relationships with external partners, suppliers, contractors, government agencies and key internal collaborators. And will continually look to deliver improvements in performance by deploying a range of continuous improvement tools and techniques to solve problems. Other key duties and responsibilities include:
Skills and experience
To become a Health & Safety Manager you will need to have had significant operational Governance and Compliance leadership experience, in an FMCG manufacturing environment. Ideally, you will also have experience with Major Accident Hazard Management.
You will be a highly motivated manager with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence, persuade and communicate with people at all levels within the organisation and external stakeholders / authorities as required. A naturally authoritative manager you will have the ability to build a high-performance multi-discipline team by effectively setting performance standards and mentoring and developing others. In addition, you will:
You will be degree qualified in Governance topic, for example, Health & Safety, Environment, Business Risk etc and will probably have a NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent level Practitioner qualification in Occupational Safety & Health. It would also be useful if you have a Corporate Membership of Institute Occupational Safety & Health and/or Business Continuity Institute.
Since 2005, the number of incidents has dropped by 82% and the industry performs consistently better than the ‘food and drinks manufacturing’ rate. Together with its members, the SWA strives to improve its performance.
The Association coordinates the development of high-quality and industry-specific guidance for distillers. It has also recently refreshed its library of H&S interactive training awareness modules. There are 7 modules, each of which focuses on a specific H&S topic and outlines their importance within the Scotch Whisky workplace.
There are several accredited qualifications in Health & Safety available, many with no minimum academic entry requirements, including:
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Chartered body for occupational safety and health professionals, has a list of accredited qualifications delivered by universities and awarding bodies.Search for postgraduate courses in health and safety management.