Health & Safety Officer

  • O'Brien Fine Foods
  • Rathowen, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 10/11/2022
Full time, Permanent Health & Safety

Job Description

Overview of Role:

The Health and Safety officer is responsible for supporting the operations teams with implementing the safety policy and standards for the business with the end goal in keeping our employees safe and reducing accidents. Monitoring standards on our sites to establish and embed a culture of Health and Safety across the business. Demonstrate visionary leadership and strong governance, while continuously looking for opportunities to reduce accidents. The Health and Safety officer will be responsible for communicating our plans, reporting performance, and continuously increasing awareness of safety on our Green Farm site.

Main Responsibilities

Grow a Better Business (Strategy)

  • Assume accountability for the health and safety of our employees across our sites driving improvements across all areas of production while developing processes that help promote a strong health and safety culture and reduce our accidents
  • Ensure that the strengths and values of O’Brien Fine Foods are further reinforced with best practice and integrity as key values of the business
  • Develop inter personnel relationships to drive health and safety culture within the organisation
  • Develop relationships both internally (employees) and with key external (Safety bodies, government agencies, auditors, suppliers) stakeholders and develop a Health and safety polices and standards within our business

Grow our People

  • Lead, coach and develop our teams on health and safety policies, procedures, and risk assessments
  • Organise and conduct health and safety training, including induction training, refresher training and manual handling
  • Develops strong working relationships between employees and sites encouraging collaborative teamwork
  • Develop training tools to drive awareness and implementation of health and safety initiatives
  • Lead initiatives to increase and develop best practice safety solutions, ensuring that there is communication across the business and a mentality of continuous improvement

 Grow our Revenue

  • Work closely with all stakeholders to support the health and safety plan for the business that ensures we deliver a safe place of work for all our employees
  • Implement health and safety processes and procedures across all our sites to protect our people while continually promoting and developing a proactive safety culture on site
  • Manage the company’s health and safety performance by creating a health and safety metrics, track and manage delivery against agreed timeline and communicate progress to internal stakeholders

Grow our Profit

  • Lead health and safety incident and accident investigations to determine root cause and define preventative and corrective action
  • Assist with the reduce claims and insurance cost by actively completing risk assessment, assessing workplace hazards, reducing / eliminating risks through safe working procedure
  • Ensure that adequate procedures, processes, controls, and reporting are in place to enable the business to track performance against the key health and safety metrics


  • Reduction in number of reportable accidents on our production sites
  • Reduce claims and insurance cost due to incidents or accidents on our production sites
  • Reduce the number of Lost time injuries on our production sites
  • Completion of audits against agreed schedule
  • Completion of Fire Drills against agreed schedule
  • Training of people (Manual Handling, ERT, First Aid)

 Behavioural Competencies and Skills

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Effective decision making
  • Ability to identify risks and prioritise tasks
  • Good organisation and leadership skills
  • Degree in Health and Safety or a related discipline
  • 1-2 years’ H&S experience working in a manufacturing environment (desirable, but not essential)
  • Manual Handling Instructor (Desirable, but not essential)

KEY Competencies

Health and Safety