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Liaison Adviser

Liaison Adviser Role:

The aims of the Liaison Adviser are to

  • work for full Health and Safety Co-ordinator coverage
  • support the development of HSCs and HSCttees
  • ensure adequate investigation, HSS record-keeping and response following incidents

They do this by:

  1. Providing advice to HSCs to help them fulfil their role
  2. Identifying gaps in HSC coverage on their patch and encouraging senior managers to develop and appoint sufficient HSCs
  3. Meeting candidate HSCs to promote the role and describe the support available
  4. Meeting all HSCs in their patch, welcoming them to the role and explaining aspects which are unclear
  5. Checking HSCs meet all the minimum requirements for maintaining HSC competence (training, workshop attendance & 3 investigations per year)
  6. Monitoring incidents circulated to their HSCs and offering support and feedback.
  7. Ensuring initial enquiries are undertaken justifying why no investigation is required, or else ensuring an adequate investigation is undertaken
  8. Ensuring the investigation findings are recorded on the database (incident, cause, outcome) using fields as previously agreed.
  9. Where they suspect incidents may be reportable to regulatory bodies, drawing these to the attention of the HSSD and, by agreement, submitting them.
  10. Buddying HSCs together to improve their confidence and competence.
  11. Meeting HSCttee Chairs to promote the role and describe the support available
  12. Attending, where possible, HSCttees to provide advice to support local H&S decision-making
  13. Working with poor-performing HSCs and Chairs to identify barriers or support needs or, where necessary, the transfer of the role to another
  14. Reporting to the HSSD, and in HSS Liaison Partner meetings, on HSC coverage and development.
  15. Working with other HSS Liaison Partners to clarify demarcation between HSCs, get advice on specialist topics, buddy HSCs up together, identify gaps and themes, etc.