Buckingham Palace seeking health and safety advisor

The Royal Family has advertised for an health and safety advisor to work at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and her family are looking for a health and safety advisor to join the Buckingham Palace team with a starting salary of £25,000 plus benefits.

The Master of the Household’s Office has published an advertisement for the position and only those with relevant health and safety qualifications are advised to apply for the job.

If you have a NEBOSH General Certificate, or an equivalent health and safety qualification, you could successfully be employed within the Royal Household, in the form of an advisor.

Buckingham Palace looking for a new health and safety advisor

Buckingham Palace, London

The duties of a Buckingham Palace health and safety advisor include ensuring the general safety and security of the Royal Family, their guests and visitors, and the Royal Household staff. The advertisement states that the successful applicant will be responsible for carrying out risk assessments, workplace inspections, and the logging of health and safety incidents.

According to the job specifications, applicants must have previous relevant experience and will be required to work with Royal Household departments to support “a culture of Health and Safety”.

The advertisements reads: “You’re a logical and innovative problem solver too, able to suggest pragmatic solutions and keep calm under pressure. With a naturally collaborative approach, you can quickly build positive relationships with colleagues and external contractors alike.”

The position is for thirty-seven-and-a-half-hours per week, working Monday to Friday, and with a starting salary of £25,000 and a comprehensive benefits package. The winning candidate will receive 33 days holiday per year and pay into a 15 per cent employer contribution pension scheme.

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Head of HSE warns against “excessive risk-averse” culture

Dame Judith Hackitt claims “non-sensical” health and safety rules in schools are damaging for children

The head of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has criticised the “excessive risk-averse” culture which dominates health and safety rules in schools and which could be harmful to children later in life.

Dame Judith Hackitt, who has been the chair of the HSE for the last eight years, has warned schools against exercising “nonsensical” health and safety rules in the school place, as it prevents children from preparing for the “real world” and damages the serious work being done by the HSE.

The comments were made by Dame Judith during a speech she gave at the Royal Academy of Engineering, where she told the audience a story about a school which banned pupils from wearing frilly socks because they could cause trips and falls.

Dame Judith said that raising children with this type of “bureaucratic” behaviour would create adults who will become “a liability in any workplace”. She further added that children’s education should involve learning how to deal with danger and risk.

According to a study carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, one in four schools across the UK have banned such time-honoured playground games like British bulldogs and “tig” over health and safety concerns.

“Overprotective parents and risk-averse teachers who do not enable children to learn to handle risk will lead to young adults who are poorly equipped to deal with the realities of the world… unable to discern real risk from trivia, not knowing who they can trust or believe.” said Dame Judith.

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