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Health and Safety officer

Reach British School
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Sep 20, 2022

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Job Description

Position Details

Position Title

Health & Safety Officer



Reports To (title)

Facilities Manager / Principal

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# Indirect Reports




Job Purpose:

The Health, Safety and Environment Officer is responsible for overseeing health, safety and environmental policies and procedures. Review and develop health and safety guidelines and assists school personnel in understanding occupational health and safety hazards. The Officer plays a role in monitoring the school infrastructure and assets and also ensures the safety of students and staff on campus.

Main Responsibilities:

·       Participates in the development of Health and Safety internal policies, procedures and working practices within the school

·       Conducts risk assessments and develops strategies for facilitating employee/student health and safety risks

·       Outlines safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards

·       Conducts regular site/laboratory inspections to ensure adherence to Health and Safety policies and procedures

·       Prepares and maintains inspection records and produces reports that suggest improvements

·       Maintains incident records and produces statistics for management as required

·       Investigates and reports on all personal injury accidents and damage to property occurring on campus and document in an incident report

·       Maintains a working knowledge of Health and Safety best practices and industry policy changes

·       Maintain DOT and EDC permits/licences for all necessary staff

·       Advises on a range of specialist areas including fire regulations, hazardous substances, noise, safeguarding machinery and occupational diseases

·       Provides safety orientations and oversee the performance of all contractors in order to ensure safe work practices are followed

·       Initiates and organizes safety awareness campaigns, including occupational safety workshops and training sessions, in an effort to ensure that students and staff observe established safety guidelines and procedures

·       Initiates and conducts emergency evacuation drills

·       Carries out regular safety and security inspections of various college facilities, systems and equipment, including first-aid rooms, construction areas, electrical systems, fire extinguishers and fire hydrants to ensure compliance with international standards

·       Provides immediate support and assistance in the event of an emergency

·       To act as liaison with all related governmental bodies

·       Performs other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor



Communication & Working Relationships






Government entities


Knowledge & Skills

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required for the Role

Bachelors in relevant field: Health & Safety Certification

Minimum Years of Experience Required

4 years’ experience working in facilities maintenance; Health & Safety qualifications

Language Skills

English is mandatory

Arabic is an advantage

Special Skills and Abilities


·       Knowledge of Fire and Safety systems and equipment

·       The ability to demonstrate the application of risk assessment to college operations and activities

·       A high degree of computer literacy and demonstrated ability to integrate technology in the workplace

·       Strong verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated competency to interact with people at all levels of the organization

·       Well-developed organizational skills

·       The ability to work effectively as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment and to cope with pressure in a positive manner while working to deadlines within a busy and demanding environment

·       A demonstrated willingness to engage in professional development activities in order to develop and improve new and current skills, and to adapt to the evolving needs of the organization

·       Able to work irregular hours and on weekends



Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.

Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.


Line Manager:






The International Schools Partnership


Reach British School is part of The International Schools Partnership (ISP).


The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our pupils, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.


ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and commercial operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Europe, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico and Peru educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to 45 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 45,000 pupils and 7,000 staff located across the globe.


We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that are able to forge successful careers and lives in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools as the leading school of choice in their local area. We are a truly international group working in different cultures and speaking different languages. We work across countries and cultures, too, by working with each other and with other schools and communities. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world who are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more pupils and staff to the group.


All our schools:

  • Help children and pupils learn to levels that amaze them.
  • Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful later.
  • Are truly international, working in partnerships within and across regions, cultures and languages.
  • Aim to be the schools of choice for children, pupils and their families, wherever we are.


Reach British School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history. Reach British School recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organizations.


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