Environmental Health Officer

Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£33,600 - £45,400 per annum
15 Oct 2020
29 Oct 2020
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

About Us:

Celebrating and preserving the unique cultural and environmental character of the borough is a major focus of this department, which includes Planning and Borough Development, Transport and Highways, Libraries, Environmental Health, Community Safety and Cleaner, Greener and Cultural Services.

Kensington and Chelsea is one of London’s most vibrant and densely populated boroughs, with a multitude of beautiful buildings, museums and parks.  The planning team ensure any new building projects are undertaken with consideration to our residents, as well as our skyline.

If you are passionate about the environment, and the support services required to keep it safe, clean and green, take a look at our vacancies and join our dedicated team.

The Role:

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the most culturally and economically diverse boroughs in London.  The Royal Borough is less than 5 square miles in area, so you are never far from a famous landmark or a high profile business.   Large scale events include the Notting Hill Carnival and the Chelsea Flower Show.  This diversity presents interesting health and safety challenges as we try to protect our residents, employees and visitors. 

An opportunity has arisen in the Health and Safety Team, for an Environmental Health Officer / Health and Safety Practitioner.  The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out a wide range of health and safety functions, including carrying out health and safety inspections; responding to our resident’s concerns and enquiries; and investigating workplace accidents.

You will also participate in Environmental Health’s contribution to ensuring an effective response to Covid-19 including inspecting businesses to ensure Covid compliance, investigation of Covid-19 incidents, providing advice to residents and businesses on Covid-19 matters, and reviewing Covid risk assessments. You will also have the opportunity to attend Outbreak Management Teams and participate in Contact Tracing duties

When applying, please ensure that you are completing the application form in full, including how you meet the role requirements, and uploading a CV only as a supporting document

For more information on the role, please see the Job Description

About You:

To be considered for this post you will be a qualified to Level 6 in Environmental Health or Health and Safety. Applications from newly qualified graduates are welcome

The ideal candidate will have knowledge/understanding of Health and Safety legislation. 

As a confident and motivated individual you will have the ability to effectively manage a caseload, carry out inspections, review risk assessments and investigate major incidents.  

You will be an excellent communicator (both verbal and written) and will be adept at providing excellent customer care. You should be able to explain complex and technical health and safety matters clearly and concisely to managers, employees and service users.

Role Requirements:

The post holder is responsible for:

  • Carrying out inspections to ensure that safety standards are met
  • Visiting businesses to ensure Covid compliance
  • Investigating Covid-19 incidents
  • Reviewing risk assessments including Covid risk assessments
  • Investigating resident concerns
  • Answering resident / business queries
  • Investigating workplace accidents
  • Conducting legal action under the supervision of the Principal EHO / manager
  • Writing detailed reports, maintaining electronic and written case file notes and keep the database up-to-date as appropriate
  • Participating in projects that improve public safety or delivery of the service

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.