[VACANCY] OH&S Manager

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSc/HND

Experience: 15 years

Location: Sokoto

Job Field: Engineering / Technical

Job Description: The OH&S Manager will lead and administer the plant’s Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) program. The role promotes a positive health and safety culture and achieves prevention and/or elimination of industrial injuries, illnesses, or losses from process equipment or property damage. The OH&S Manager will ensure plant operation complies with national OH&S laws, regulations, and good international industry practices. The position reports directly to BUA’s Health, Safety, Environment, and Community (HSEC) Director to ensure a consistent and considered management approach is implemented across the environmental, health, safety, and community areas. The role will work closely with other peers, such as the plant and maintenance manager, logistic manager, etc. Although the role will be based in Sokoto, close alignment, engagement, and coordination with the HSEC Director, based in Lagos, will be required.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Functionally manage and supervise BUA facilities, including cement lines, quarries, staging areas, logistics yards, corporate and site offices, maintenance yards, and other operating sites as designated by the HSEC Director.
  • Lead, manage, and provide guidance to the site OH&S teams.
  • Undertake in-house site audits and inspections to identify and eliminate at-risk conditions and practices. Maintain all required records regarding OH&S inspection and audit activities.
  • Perform investigations of occupational incidents, illnesses, and equipment and property damage. Conduct root-cause incident investigations using appropriate root-cause analysis methodologies and generate lessons-learned bulletins as needed.
  • Coordinate effective hazard identification and risk assessment activities, including the use of risk assessment techniques (What-if, HAZID, HAZOP, QRA, LOPA, etc.) to ensure suitable and sufficient risk assessments for each operational activity/task.
  • Lead and coordinate Behavioral and Process Safety initiatives.
  • Facilitate and support the implementation and maintenance of ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certifications.
  • Coordinate with BUA Transport department on Road Safety, including driver training (defensive driving) and competency, drug and alcohol testing, route risk assessments, use of in-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMS), geo-fencing, speed governors, no night driving policies, disciplinary procedures for safety violations, etc.
  • Serve as the liaison between the plant and HSSE regulatory agencies in coordination with the corporate HSEC Director.
  • Assist the corporate HSEC Director and Human Resources in the development and administration of OH&S training and awareness programs.
  • Collaborate with site manager (s) and supervisors to develop plant-level OH&S procedures for their work areas and ensure consistent adherence to them.
  • Coordinate the fire protection program, including inspection and maintenance of fire protection systems across all sites.
  • Provide recommendations for the purchase of specialized safety equipment, including general personal protective equipment, emergency response equipment, and first-aid supplies.
  • Establish and oversee the activities of OH&S site Committee meetings at the plant and provide recommendations to the HSEC Director and senior management as needed.
  • Coordinate safety stand-down meetings across all sites in liaison with plant-level managers and supervisors.
  • Assist plant managers and supervisors in performing weekly tailgate safety meetings, and guiding OH&S topics.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Safety Training Observation Program (STOP) at the plant and provide monthly updates to plant management, including providing mentored observations with trained observers.
  • Coordinate internal/external industrial hygiene testing, including noise, light, and dust surveys as needed, and provide improvement recommendations to site managers.
  • Maintain close liaison with the Environmental Manager and the Social Risk and Development Manager to coordinate activities of the site-based HSEC Teams.
  • Maintain all proper records regarding plant injuries, illnesses, and property and equipment damage.
  • Ensure plant responsiveness to credible emergencies, ranging from minor first-aid to life-threatening emergency procedures.
  • Lead and coordinate the administration of regulated health and safety training, such as occupational first-aid and CPR training, for plant employees regularly.
  • Lead and coordinate with plant managers and supervisors for effective implementation of Life-Saving Rules and ensure adherence by employees, contractors, vendors, and visitors.
  • Lead and coordinate emergency responses, including necessary equipment, personnel training, and regular drills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in industrial safety, chemical engineering, OH&S management, or a related field.
  • NEBOSH international general certificate in OH&S or similar is a mandatory qualification.
  • 15 years of experience in the HSSE field in cement, mining, O&G, or a related industry.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of identification and control measures of operational risks/hazards and process safety in operational sites.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the development and roll-out of OH&S management systems following recognized international standards.
  • Proven ability to motivate and influence leadership and frontline staff in the delivery of good Health and Safety performance and the creation of a company Health and Safety Culture.
  • Able to manage OH&S activities in multiple locations with minimal supervision, splitting time between office & field environments.
  • Adaptable in fast-changing environments and able to deliver results through a pragmatic and positive approach.
  • Thorough knowledge of HSSE regulatory standards and good international industry practices.
  • Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of good international industry practice, including IFC Performance Standards and EHS Guidelines.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a positive dialogue with key stakeholders, including local communities, government, and lenders.
  • Experience working with the Government of Nigeria, including in-depth knowledge of country systems. Experience working in Sokoto State is a plus.
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Hausa.


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