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Health and Safety

BAS Health, Safety and Fire – 48676
£24,619 - £27,381


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Rydym yn croesawu ac yn annog ceisiadau gan bawb, yn cynnwys grwpiau sydd wedi’u tangynrychioli yn ein gweithlu ar hyn o bryd, ac rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn bod yn gyflogwr o safon uchel sy’n denu llawer o ymgeiswyr. Ewch i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am sut rydym yn hyrwyddo amrywiaeth a chynhwysiant yn y gweithle.

Overview of the job

This is a non-operational specialist role based within HMPPS in Wales establishment or probation delivery unit, line managed via the Functional Lead: Health, Safety & Fire (HMPPS in Wales), Health Safety and Fire within the HMPPS in Wales HSF Team.

The role supports national plans and systems for the effective management of HSF risk through the provision of first line monitoring and support for establishments/ probation delivery units and by the co-ordination and operation of relevant establishments/probation delivery unit’s administration and management systems.

There are no line management responsibilities.


The job holder will undertake the role, having access to all work areas, plant and equipment. The post holder will report to the Functional Lead: Health Safety and Fire HSF in the HMPPS Wales HSF Team.

The post is the liaison and co-ordination point for health, safety and fire management in establishments/probation delivery units, providing first line advice, information, administration, training and support to the SMT, managers, staff, prisoners, contractors and visitors.

The job holder will co-ordinate HSF management systems within identified establishment(s)/probation delivery unit(s) in line with national policy, arrangements and standards. Support for other establishments/probation delivery units in HMPPS Wales may be required on an ad hoc basis as required by the Functional Lead: HS&F and/or Regional Services Lead: Estates.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

·         The maintenance of a Fire Risk Assessment as required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

·         The maintenance and distribution of national and local health and safety risk assessments.

·         Assist the Functional Lead, Health Safety and Fire in production of monthly, quarterly and annual reports to the HS&F Sponsor, SMT, Health and Safety Committee, H&S representatives and HMPPS Wales HSF Team on the HSF performance of the establishment/probation delivery unit(s) with reference to individual incidents, trends and patterns in incidents, the efficacy of controls including training and progress on plans re fire safety. Sources for such reports to include Rivo, NORCET, Cardinus, HMPPS Performance Hub.

·         Regular liaison with the Functional Lead – Health, Safety and Fire on progress and issues within establishments/probation delivery units.

·         The review of the relevant local HSF risk assessment(s) after any incident or change in circumstances and the revision, if necessary, of local variations.

·         Referral of non-local issues arising from the review to HMPPS Wales HSF team.

·         Administration and co-ordination of the Establishments/probation delivery units Health and Safety Committee including action progress-chasing and exception reporting to the Chair (HS&F Sponsor) and HMPPS Wales HSF team.

·         Monitoring and reporting on progress of establishment/probation delivery unit HSF and other relevant action plans.

·         Regular informal contact with establishment/probation delivery units Health, Safety and Fire (HS&F) Sponsor on all relevant matters.

·         Frequent liaison with Establishment(s) Heads of Function (including Security and Safer Custody) to ensure there are no conflicts of interests developing on matters relating to HSF risk.

·         Regular liaison with the manager(s) responsible for HSF-related contingency planning to ensure all aspects of such contingency planning are suitable, sufficient and current. To assist those responsible with the development and testing of HSF contingency plans.

·         Frequent liaison with their local emergency services including the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) to facilitate the implementation of the local establishment/probation delivery unit fire/emergency contingency plans in association with the FRS operational firefighting procedures.

·         The organisation and delivery (where required) of the appropriate fire safety instruction and training for every person in the workplace to ensure that at all times each person is familiar with the fire precautions to be observed in the workplace, which includes:

•         The means of escape in case of fire

•         The action to be taken in case of fire

•         The location and method of operating firefighting equipment (if required)

•         The location and use of the means to give warning in case of fire

·         Ensure the organisation and delivery of training and instruction to all establishment operational personnel in the correct use of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE); the Safe Systems of Work for Cell Fires (SSOW), and to ensure that all equipment is replaced, maintained, tested and recorded as required.

·         Working with the Functional Lead – Health, Safety and Fire, the provision of regular and prompt Core Basic HSF Induction training to new or transferring staff, on-site contractor staff and sub-contractors and other third parties as appropriate in line with national Health and Safety Arrangements for the provision of training.

·         Ensure the provision of other relevant training at first line level such as stress awareness, manual handling technique, principles of risk assessment, accident reporting, slips trips etc.

·         Regular liaison with those responsible for the planning and resourcing of training to track progress with delivery of HSF training against the people plan. Assist with the identification of training needs and reporting identified needs via functional managers and HMPPS Wales HSF team.

·         The organisation of fire evacuation drills and liaison with the local Fire and Rescue Service on operational procedures, familiarisation visits, water supplies, and access for fire service vehicles.

·         Contribute to/ensure regular inspections of all areas of establishments/ probation delivery units to eradicate potential health, safety and fire risks; identify, report and action any dangerous conditions occurring. Such inspections to be recorded via Rivo and action recommendations placed against relevant Functional Heads via Rivo.

·         The notification to the Governing Governor/Probation Senior Manager of any dangerous conditions requiring immediate action.

·         Liaise with the business/people hubs/HS&F Sponsors to ensure the keeping of accurate records and plans relating to:

•         Evacuation drills

•         Staff training in respect of RPE, SSOW and all other fire training

•         Fire events – including false alarms

•         Workplace inspections, audits etc.

•         Location of firefighting equipment and their test requirements

•         Location of fire detection equipment and their test requirements

·         Monitor via the business and people hubs the planning and co-ordination of immunisation clinics in liaison with the contracted Occupational Health Advisor (OHA) and business or people hub, as determined by your establishment/probation delivery unit.

·         Regular liaison with HSF Sponsor, Heads of Function to ensure that plans for changes of use, occupation, layout or construction can be properly considered for HSF purposes.

·         Regular liaison with the HMPPS Wales HSF team, to ensure that national priorities and actions for HSF are fed into relevant establishments/ probation delivery units management forums and processes and to highlight progress and concerns re: establishment(s) fire safety.

·         Recording of HSF related incidents on the Rivo system and subsequent gathering of information, statements and records relating to these incidents using Rivo.

·         Management and quality checking of Rivo data.

·         Administration and management of the Cardinus online DSE training and assessment software in such a way as to ensure that DSE users are adequately trained and assessments are completed. The production of quarterly reports from Cardinus to the HSF Committee.

·         Personal DSE assessment as required in more complex cases and liaise/refer to OHA as appropriate.

·         Timely and thorough completion of the fire component of the quarterly NORCET HSF risk management tool reports. Ongoing liaison with facilities management and contract works supervisors and managers including day- to-day oversight of the HSF issues arising from such work. Close liaison with HMPPS Wales HSF team on related issues.

·         Act as the establishment/probation delivery unit point of contact for internal auditors. Refer all contacts with auditors to HMPPS Wales HSF team.

·         Ensure completion and submission of WAG/CPIG fire information reports for all qualifying fire events using the nationally approved reporting method.

·         Refer potential RIDDOR incidents to the relevant functional manager and to the HMPPS Wales HSF Team.

·         Act as the establishment/probation delivery unit’s point of contact for enforcement bodies, liaising in all cases with the Functional Lead – HSF. Assist and support the planning, co-ordination of scheduled visits from enforcement bodies e.g. WAG/CPIG/HSE/LA and EA audits in liaison with the Functional Lead – HSF and HMPPS Wales HSF team.

·         Work with the Functional Lead – Health, Safety and Fire who will interpret and present enforcement reports to SMT, Health and Safety Committee and draft and seek approval for suitable action plans. Report on  progress  against these plans to SMT and HS Committee via HMPPS Wales HSF Team.

·         Provide support and advice after fire incidents and co-ordinate and/or participate in the investigation of all fire incidents in order to reduce the number of incidents occurring, and to make appropriate recommendations and/or contribute to final reports thereof.

·         Draft and seek approval of an annual programme of workplace inspections by functional managers for each physical area of the establishment and co- ordinate the inspection programme via Rivo including the management of remedial action via the Rivo action notification system.

·         Record and co-ordinate the recording of accident, fire, assault data via Rivo, undertaking regular first line quality control of incoming data.

·         Provide support and direction to the relevant support hub in the collation and co-ordination of litigation casework.

·         Liaise regularly with the HMPPS Wales HSF team on litigation casework progress.

·         Liaise regularly with the relevant support hub on matters of HSF performance such as accident, fire and assault reports.

·         Liaise at least weekly with the relevant support hub re the causes of sickness absence cases to ensure that statutory reports can be made for work-related injury/ill-health absence over the 7 day threshold.

·         Provide support to Senior Managers and Functional Lead – HSF in the planning and follow-up of senior management safety tours.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.


•         Changing and Improving

•         Making Effective Decisions

•         Communicating and Influencing

•         Managing a Quality Service

•         Working Together


•         Able user of MS Word and MS Excel

•         Basic training and presentation skills

•         Information collation and analysis

Technical Requirements

The post-holder is required to hold a minimum of NEBOSH General Certificate and the HMPPS Fire Advisor and RPE Training Qualification. It is recognised that in the first instance existing staff are unlikely to hold both of these qualifications. In cases where existing staff only hold one of the qualifications identified the outstanding qualification/course must be completed within 1 year of taking up post.

Appointees without the RPE Training Qualification will be expected to gain this qualification immediately on appointment.

It is expected that post-holders will achieve Associate membership of IOSH within 1 year of appointment via successful completion of the NEBOSH Certificate.

Achieve Technical Membership within 2 to 5 years subject to F/T status. Will be expected to be formally trained in Rivo Administrator Use.

Formally Trained in Cardinus Administrator Use.

Additional Information


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Preventing victims by changing lives HMPPS in Wales works in an integrated way to keep communities in Wales safer and to give the men and women we work with the opportunity to change their lives. We commission and provide offender management services in the community and in custody to deliver the orders of the courts and support rehabilitation. Our aim is to deliver outstanding, seamless offender management services in Wales that protect the public, reduce reoffending, deliver value for money and support our partners. The Welsh Language Scheme Welsh Language skills for this post are desirable.

Atal pobl rhag dod yn ddioddefwyr trwy newid bywydau Mae HMPPS yng Nghymru yn gweithio mewn ffordd integredig i gadw cymunedau yng Nghymru yn fwy diogel, a rhoi cyfle i’r dynion a’r merched hynny rydym yn gweithio â hwy i newid eu bywydau. Rydym yn comisiynu a darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr yn y gymuned a’r carchar i weithredu gorchmynion y llysoedd a chefnogi adsefydlu. Ein nod yw darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr ardderchog ac esmwyth yng Nghymru sy’n gwarchod y cyhoedd, lleihau aildroseddu, cynnig gwerth am arian a chefnogi ein partneriaid.

Y Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg Mae sgiliau iaith Gymraeg yn ddymunol ar gyfer y swydd hon.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist