Apprentice Safety, Health and Environment Technician - Algal Omega 3 - REF: KA 074

Company overview:

AO3, Knowsley is the UK manufacturing facility for Mara Renewables Corporation (Mara). Mara is the leading Canadian biotechnology company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of sustainable and natural algal biotechnologies for human nutrition and related industries.

Key responsibilities for the role:

  • Must be able to complete an apprenticeship framework in Level 3 Safety, Health and Environment
  • Safety, health and environment technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Reporting directly to the Health & Safety Manager
  • The SHE Apprentice Technician will be learning and developed into the following role and won’t be expected to be at this level at first.  
  • The role will be partly office based and partly at the work front providing advice to others on how to work without harming themselves or others.
  • The Apprentice Technician will work with Health & Safety Manager to advise on the statutory health, safety and environmental requirements as they affect the company’s operations. They will assist the management team in ensuring that the legal and company SHE requirements are implemented. On a daily basis the SHE Apprentice Technician will assist to develop, review and check on the implementation of safe systems of work, deliver training (e.g. toolbox talks & inductions), investigate incidents, analyses data and present findings to the Health & Safety Manager.
  • The SHE Apprentice Technician will engage with all aspects of the organisation to support the embedment of a culture that ensures everyone is able to return to their family and friends unharmed every day whilst also protecting and enhancing the global land, air and water resources for future generations. This will be achieved by inspiring and influencing others to see the benefit of working responsibly, understanding the legal framework and showing how safety, health and environmental management can enhance operational activities.

Behaviours – the SHE Apprentice Technician will show how they:

  • Communicate effectively: Be able to contribute effectively in both spoken and written styles, adapting to the audience to present information or training in an assertive engaging way.
  • Work effectively in a team: Be able to work with others (colleagues, suppliers, Business partners and the customers) and lead by example in a collaborative and non- confrontational way. Be able to adjust to change in relation to the requirements of the organisation.
  • Contribute to a positive SHE culture. Challenge behaviour that is inconsistent with SHE culture, respect the culture and values of others in contributing a positive SHE culture. Positively influence behaviour in others to achieve desired outcomes and resolve conflicts.  Being confident knowing escalation to Safety, Health and Environment Manager would be the next step.
  • Drive Innovation: Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest sustainable innovative solutions.
  • Use their Professional Judgement: Be able to work within own level of competence, know when to seek advice from others.
  • Apply the code of ethics: Work within rules and regulations of professional competence and code of conduct as defined by a professional institution. Be able to resist pressures to allow others to utilise unsafe working practices.
  • Commit to equality and diversity: Apply attributes of equality and diversity to meet the requirements of fairness at work.
  • Continue their professional development: Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested.

Skills – the SHE Apprentice Technician will be trained to be able to:

  • Present and hold an audience’s attention, for example when delivering SHE training, toolbox talks, inductions or presenting data or investigation findings to the workforce or management team. Show they can sell the SHE message, have personal impact, deal with challenge, reflect on personal performance, use appropriate language for the audience. 
  • Assist the Health & Safety Manager in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Safety, Health and Environmental Management System by updating systems in line with changes in legislation or best practice, delivering training, coaching operational teams and undertaking workplace inspections. 
  • Provide advice on the practical implementation of the company’s SHE policies and processes applying generic industry guidance into the context of the workplace.
  • Identify the hazards, support the risk assessment process ensuring effective communication to workforce. 
  • Support the practical application of the workplace instructions and suppliers’ or manufacturers’ instructions for the safe use of equipment, materials and products.
  • Support and assist in the implementation of SHE inspections and monitoring systems demonstrating the balance between enforcement and internal support. 
  • Undertake and/or assist with the monitoring, analysis of and reporting of SHE performance.
  • Prepare and maintain records relating to safety, health and environmental matters that comply with legal and workplace requirements and are accessible to those who are authorised to use them. E.g. records associated with Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations, Noise at Work Regulations, Hand Arm Vibration Regulations or Environmental Permitting Regulations. 
  • Assist the Health & Safety establishing, and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders such as local authorities, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygienists and assisting with hosting them on site.
  • Research Safety, Health and Environmental Issues and best practices. Review updates of health and safety regulations e.g. changes to Construction, Design and Management Regulations or updates to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health along with workplace instructions, making sure that information is from reliable sources. 
  • Assist and record the investigation of accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences, near misses and other incidents as directed. Developing solutions/actions and following up with action owners to ensure completion within an achievable time frame.

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Qualifications required/predicted 5 GCSE’s including English and Maths at grade 4/C and above
  • IT Knowledge
  • Interest in this area of work
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Attention to detail/thorough

This job description is neither exhaustive nor exclusive and may be reviewed in the future depending upon operational requirements and staffing levels.
Location: Knowsley Business Park                      
Contracted hours: Full time                         
Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage     

Closing date: 12 July 2021       

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