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HSE recruiting outreach workers

They’ll work to improve safety for Polish, Romanian and Indian construction workers
13th March 2009: The Health and Safety Executive is recruiting outreach workers to work alongside its inspectors and Compliance Officers and increase HSE’s interaction with some of the largest groups of migrant workers in construction – Poles, Romanians and Indians.

Migrant workers make up a significant proportion of the workforce in London’s construction industry, and the HSE has identified them as a particularly vulnerable group within it. They can suffer from poor English as well as a lack of understanding of UK health and safety standards, awareness of employment rights, and experience or skills. In addition, they are often open to exploitation by unscrupulous employers and can face serious problems of poor accommodation, unpaid wages and grievances relating to their employment rights. In these circumstances, dealing with poor health and safety standards at work can become a low priority.

This is why the HSE is now looking for outreach workers. The outreach roles, based in London, aim to improve the awareness of these workers to their rights in relation to health and safety at work. The jobs will include construction site visits; liaison with immigrant community organisations, local authorities, faith communities, further education colleges, trade unions and employers; organising events and developing links, networks and partnerships.

The post is a 12-month fixed-term appointment, which may be extended. Applicants need to be fluent speakers of Polish, Romanian or Gujarati, with excellent command of spoken and written English. They also need to provide evidence of ability to persuade and influence, work flexibly, be innovative and build networks of useful contacts.

For full information on the roles, visit the HSE website – http://www.hse.gov.uk/careers/ – with the job reference b5outreach. Applications must be submitted by 18 March.

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