Health & Safety Adviser - The BESA

Health & Safety Adviser

Office Location: Penrith or London

Region: UK



The Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA) is a UK-based trade and employers’ association that provides services to and represents the interests of 1,200 organisations.

BESA members are UK firms active in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of building and engineering services, products and equipment.



The main purpose of this role is to take responsibility for delivering expert health and safety advice and guidance to BESA members and external clients, the position supports a BESA member community of c1000 businesses. 

In addition you will develop and lead health and safety forums, lead discussions on H&S matters with HSE and other industry stakeholders and be the authoritative voice and liaison on H&S matters for the Association.   

To establish, manage and monitor standards, processes, communication, training and systems to ensure all responsibilities with Health & Safety within BESA are adhered to.



Provide Health and Safety support, advice and guidance to BESA members and prospective members

Evaluate non-compliant information received by BESA members and liaise with stakeholders to improve compliance arising from the Competence Assessment Scheme (CAS) audit

Act as Health & Safety liaison to inform CAS technical audit standards

Develop, organise and facilitate Health and Safety Forums that engage Members and industry stakeholders

Lead discussion on Health and Safety matters affecting industry with Government, Employer Groups and industry stakeholders

Ensure internal working practices are safe and comply with legislation

Prepare health and safety strategies and develop internal policy

Lead in-house training with managers and employees about health and safety issues and risks

Keep up to date with new legislation and maintain a working knowledge of all Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation and any developments that affect the employer's industry

Produce management reports, newsletters and bulletins




A NEBOSH General Certificate (Construction considered, general preferred)

A good working knowledge of Health & Safety in the management of systems

Excellent knowledge of CDM regulations

Familiarity with PAS91 and its relationship to other relevant standards

Experience of developing, implementing and revising H&S policies, procedures and audit standards




IOSH Technical membership (or above)

A background in construction or building services with a NVQ Level 3 or equivalent skill based qualification in one or more building services core trade(s)



  • Professional approach, coupled with strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Willingness to undergo appropriate training and CPD
  • Ability to work in, and adapt to a changing environment
  • Strong IT skills
  • Excellent verbal, written communications and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible and co-operative at all times
  • Assertive but calm demeanour
  • Work in a team environment

 To apply for this position please email a covering letter and CV with current salary/salary expectation to

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