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