Health and Safety Officer

Health and Safety Officer

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Suva, Fiji


The role – Health and Safety Officer will provide, operate and maintain best practice health and safety systems for SPC. The role will provide health and safety reporting and advice in order to promote excellence and maximise company performance through audit, communication and continuous improvement of health and safety systems. The role will look to build commitment to health and safety and develop a culture where all staff take responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and others. The role will ensure effective health and safety systems, processes and practices are adhered to.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Support the design and implementation of policies and procedures, and ensure that hazard identification is recorded, and site safety compliance is maintained:

  • Meet obligations and responsibilities under relevant health and safety legislation.
  • Ensure health and safety requirements are developed, monitored and maintained in line with Pacific Communities policies.
  • Effectively manage all risks and ensure there are no outstanding compliance issues.

Health and safety systems and tools coordination support:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of the health and safety plan.
  • Support the establishment of a risk management and hazard identification tool.
  • Ensure Health and safety systems are easy to use and understood by all staff.
  • Maintain existing monitoring systems.

Promote health and safety values and deliver health and safety training on policies, procedures, and processes:

  • Ensure health and safety trainings are delivered focusing on high-risk areas.
  • Encourage and reward excellence.
  • Organise or facilitate health and safety training courses on an ‘as needs identified’ basis.
  • Advise staff when required with legislative or practical health and safety advice.
  • Provide a point of contact for all health and safety matters.

Encourage a positive health and safety reporting culture by supporting staff and managers to ensure all events are reported and recorded in an open, accurate and timely manner:

  • Produce comprehensive reports that clearly indicate areas of success and areas of improvement in relation to health and safety.
  • Implement with managers improvement plans for identified areas of improvement.
  • Apply best practices on health and safety guidelines and compliance into SPC processes and policies.
  • Deliver regular and relevant reports in such a way that the information can be utilised by staff and management alike.

Key selection criteria


  • Relevant tertiary qualification specialised in health and safety.

Technical expertise

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in health and safety.
  • Experience in providing advice on complex health and safety issues, and in development of health and safety policies.
  • Working knowledge of the relevant health and safety acts across different regions/countries.
  • Ability to work autonomously, take initiative and is solutions driven.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and inclusively.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and awareness, and the ability to effectively work with team members from different cultural backgrounds.

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.

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