Senior Health and Safety Officer – SARAO, Northern Cape

Carnarvon, Northern Cape, Western Cape
Posted 6 months ago

Permanent position

Closing Date: 7 January 2019

Market Related salary



About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Health and Safety Officer to join our team based in Carnarvon, Northern Cape. The Senior Health and Safety Officer is responsible for supervising, monitoring, planning and controlling the development and implementation of SHEQ departmental objectives on site.


Minimum education requirement:

  • National Diploma in Health, Safety and Environmental
  • Certification and experience in ISO: 9001, 14001 and 45001
  • HIRA
  • SACPACMP or SAIOSH registered (Advantageous)
  • SAMTRAC/NEBOSH or equivalent
  • OHS Act Legal Liability

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 years’ experience in the construction industry as a Health and Safety Officer of which 2 years’ should be in a supervisory capacity
  • Proven experience in monitoring, controlling and processes, and procedures
  • Proven experience in maintaining ISO accreditation and auditing
  • Competency in MS Office/G Suite

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Take responsibility for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Health and Safety policies, procedures and standards to achieve the objectives of the SHEQ requirements to all construction and site activities
  • Recommend, coordinate and execute Health and Safety processes of all construction and site based activities
  • Participate in the development and implementation of environmental management processes, policies and procedures
  • Ensure the sustainability and maintenance of appropriate organisational accreditations, including but not limited to ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 for site specific activities
  • Facilitate and ensure audit compliance of the international SKAO safety, health and environmental requirement to all international stakeholders and contractors on site
  • Oversee the development and maintain legal compliance within the required legislators for SHE on all construction and site activities on site

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • ensure a safe and compliant working environment
  • draft and implement relevant policies and procedures to further the objectives of Health and Safety
  • develop new technical knowledge
  • work with stakeholders to determine conformance requirements, standards, inspection and acceptance processes
  • be a good communicator with good inter-personal, presentation and report writing skills
  • display excellent auditing skills
  • display motivation and commitment
  • work within a high pressure environment
  • display report writing skills
  • display reliability
  • be thorough and meticulous

Knowledge of:

  • Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Decease Act (COIDA)
  • the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act legislation and Construction regulations, including ISO international standards
  • safety protocols

About The Employer

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.

As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress.

Type of employment: Permanent

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