Purpose of the Role

To act as the focal point for all health and safety and related technical matters and to lead and coordinate the related projects or issues being debated within the association. The role will take a lead in the implementation of the IRATA Serious Incident Procedure. They will actively contribute to the promotion of a healthy and safe culture and link efforts to IRATA’s objectives. Bring recommendations for resolution of such projects or issues to the Executive Committee, sub-committee chairman and senior management for decision as required. Ensuring that health and safety updates are effectively implemented and communicated as required. To provide effective and concise health and safety reporting on incidents as required with regard for the relevant laws that protect all parties.

Measures of Success

  • Demonstration of knowledge of health and safety and related practices.
  • Provide assurance that health and safety risks are identified, assessed and controlled.
  • High member satisfaction levels (measured using surveys and feedback tools).
  • The management of a fit for purpose and up to date repository of safety related publications.
  • The promotion and implementation of safety related initiatives and projects.


  • Effective liaison with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Close liaison with General Manager and Executive Committee and the relevant third party organisations to ensure they are fully versed and up to-date on all relevant technical health & safety and environmental issues relating to industrial rope access.
  • Foster communication and consultation with internal and external stakeholders on health and safety matters.

Operational Excellence

  • A sound understanding of the practical elements, available frameworks and tools that support effective health and safety controls. Commercial awareness and understanding of how economic, social, legal and political factors can affect member’s businesses and the association.


  • Ensure that health and safety expertise is available to the Executive Committee to support the association’s core activities and the information remains current.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To work in alliance with and support the Health and Safety Committee, General Manager, Quality Manager and other staff, as required, on all matters related to health and safety.
  • To develop, coordinate and lead the Health and Safety Committee projects.
  • To recommend the timing and nature of revisions required to IRATA health, safety and technical policies, procedures and related documentation.
  • To participate in the review of the IRATA International Code of Practice (ICoP) & Training Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) documents.
  • To provide guidance for IRATA staff with their response to enquiries from members and outside groups, regarding health, safety and technical aspects and where appropriate take ownership.
  • Promotion of projects that will assist IRATA members and technicians to identify, report, investigate and mitigate incidents and hazards related to rope access activities.
  • To assist IRATA in connection with reported incidents and fatalities and take the lead in the implementation of the IRATA Serious Incident Procedure.
  • To report on safety incidents as required and to compile regular reports to the Executive Committee.
  • To assist IRATA in connection with reports of bad practice or disciplinary matters of a health, safety or technical nature.
  • To attend committee meetings (including ESC, Training, Health & Safety and on request, Executive) in an observer/advisory capacity and as required lead, present at events, as requested by senior management or the Executive Committee.
  • To provide content, organisation and support for the health and safety elements for IRATA meetings such as ITEC, LWAHS, Assessors workshops and other events.
  • To be knowledgeable and provide expertise of relevant national, international health and safety related standards, and to assist with IRATA’s representation on, and to, relevant bodies and working groups.
  • To represent IRATA on external standard and legislation boards and report to management accordingly. Liaise with other IRATA representatives (e.g. those in other RACs) in order to promote IRATA.
  • To be aware of the growth of industrial rope access and IRATA globally and the repercussions this might have on health & safety issues and work standards.
  • To lead projects where authorised to do so by senior management or the Executive Committee.
  • To generally assist IRATA on health, safety and technical matters. These might include contributing to news articles, attending non-IRATA conferences/meetings as requested, liaison with other work at height groups and associations; acting as IRATA’s representative on advisory bodies, etc.
  • Provide and support in house training activities.
  • Other ad hoc tasks commensurate to the role.


Effective Communication:

  • To articulate a clear message. Persuade and influence others to gain support for ideas or actions in the best interest of the association. To understand one’s audience and to adapt a message or presentation to that group in order to achieve support and desired objectives.
  • A high level of competence with computer technology, communication mediums, data analysis and the internet.

Member Focus:

  • To work with internal committees and/or external bodies to understand their priorities and success measures. To build positive relationships, looking for win-win solutions in order to drive the global growth, reputation and performance for the good of the association.


  • To understand, respect and respond to other’s priorities and needs, working in partnership to achieve best outcome that benefits the association as a whole. To break down barriers and overcome obstacles, recognising other departments and committees as internal customers and identifying ways to share information to achieve desired results.

Results Driven:

  • To set standards and goals for self and others that will result in achieving and exceeding expectations.

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to communicate, develop relationships at all levels within and outside the association.
  • Ability to identify and manage health & safety and environment issues.
  • Be versed in hazard identification, risk assessment and control.
  • Ability to monitor, and suggest improvements of processes and procedures to meet changing requirements.
  • To represent the IRATA in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Able to develop and produce clear and concise technical, health & safety reports.
  • Be flexible in their approach to working hours.
  • Assertive, confident, ability to influence and motivate.
  • A proven communicator and able to develop and sustain excellent working relationships with managers and staff as well as members and volunteers.


  • Demonstrable experience of a similar health and safety lead role.
  • Demonstrable experience in a health and safety management role.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment methods.
  • Experience in a range of rope access related industries.


Essential Skills:

  • Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, or a Certificate/Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety with equivalent experience.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.
  • 7 or more years of related experience.
  • Industry related knowledge of health and safety aspects, including legislation and technical standards.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • A member of a health & safety professional body, e.g. IOSH etc. (applicants studying towards will be considered).
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Ability to write reports and documents of a technical nature.
  • A knowledge of statistics with good numeracy.
  • Ability to work in a team environment/collaboration.
  • Facilitation/Instruction skills in various settings and levels of employees/management.

Desired Skills:

  • It would be beneficial, but not required, for you to also have health & safety experience in industrial, oil & gas or construction. Rope access experience would be considered a distinct advantage.
  • IRATA rope access technician certification.
  • Risk management strategy formulation.
  • Technical qualifications conducting audits and assessments.



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