Safety Specialist -Fibre Operations

Date Posted: May 20, 2021, 5:06 a.m.

Safaricom Kenya

Job Description


We are pleased to announce the following vacancy in the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Department within Resources division. In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below.

Brief Posting Description                     

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing function is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of all elements of Safaricom’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing management’s system to assure the highest possible degree of health, safety and wellbeing for Safaricom’s employees, contractors, sub-contractors and visitors to company premises/ sites of operations in liaison with the management and teams across all other business functions including stakeholders

Reporting to the Senior Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing, the role holder will identify and remedy high risk areas in the Fibre Operations of the Technology division, through actively promoting a culture of safety within the Division.

Job Responsibilities                

Implementation of Safaricom’s Health and Safety Management System across Fibre Operations.

Stewardship of the Health and Safety Management System, procedures and programs towards ensuring flawless business operations across Fibre Operations and projects.

Implementation of the Safaricom annual high-level Health and Safety Plan ensuring 100% delivery of Fibre related objectives and across Fibre Operations. 

Perform Health and Safety reviews, on-site inspections and audits of physical conditions and work practices to identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices within Fibre Operations.

Develop and implement a hazard identification and risk assessment program for the Fibre Operations developing risk registers and mitigations.

Coordinate the implementation of controls from results of the HIRA process.

Provide documented input at the build stage of facilities and infrastructure within the Fibre Operations.

Provide counsel concerning compliance requirements to Fibre Operations teams, employees, contractors, visitors and other persons directly involved in function-related operations.

Maintain a strong field presence ensuring that the business operations comply with OSH laws and regulations, Safaricom Standards and internationally accepted OSH standards.

Coordinate deep dive audits across the Fibre Operations including supplier activities towards determining compliance to Safaricom H&S standards and track actions arising to closure.

Coordinate related functions Senior Management Tours and engagement activities and reporting

Oversee I-tower work permit approvals in Fibre Operations

Oversee Safety moments in Fibre Operations

New employee and supplier HSW Inductions within Fibre Operations

Steward the training matrix for Fibre Operations teams (staff and suppliers) and its implementation.


Health and Safety Reporting

Review the Fibre Operations Health and Safety KPI data and develop trend analysis reports including recommendations on appropriate corrective measures based on the review.


Building Health and Safety Capability

Steward function-specific health and safety training matrix including statutorily mandated, task specific or general safety training and awareness sessions for Fibre Operations teams, contractors, subcontractor and visitors.

Develop, document and implement training material on health and safety applicable to role.  

Develop and sustain holistic awareness campaigns at strategic and tactical levels to build health and safety awareness and capability.


Contractor/ Supplier Safety Management

Ensure maintenance of the comprehensive Contractor/ Supplier Safety Management process.

Provide overall coordination of the contractor safety management process within the Fibre Operations.


Incident Management

Coordination of investigation of all accidents, near misses, dangerous occurrences, property damage or losses, first aid cases and medical treatment cases reported across the Fibre Operations and the identification of corrective and/ or preventative action to prevent recurrence, where applicable.


Work Control Procedures

Develop and implement effective work control (SOP) procedures for high-risk tasks to be utilized consistently.

Ensure the implementation of a PPE policy to be adhered to consistently during the performance of high-risk tasks.


Emergency Preparedness and Response

H&S Committees, First Aid and Fire Marshals coordination within Fibre Operations in consultation with HSW Senior Officer

Coordinate emergency incidents that occur within the Fibre Operations In collaboration with the security team and other stakeholders.

Ensure that all legal obligations imposed on the Employer with regards to emergency preparedness and responses are adhered.

Co-ordinate requisite inspections and assessments and risk reduction mitigations as necessary.

Assist other business functions / stakeholders in the Fibre Operations in the planning and execution of events to assure the highest standards of safety at related events.

Coordinate first aid team and fire marshal team activities across the Fibre Operations to ensure the promotion of the highest standards of health and safety at the workplace as well as up to standard first aid and fire safety arrangements at the workplace and appropriate response to emergencies that may arise at the workplace.

Management of the inventory of all first aid amenities/ supplies provided across Fibre Operations (including medical supplies, medical and non-medical equipment and signage) ensuring that they meet, at all times, legal and best practice standards. This shall include inspection and maintenance of the inventory, as and when required.

Management of the inventory fire safety provisions (fire detection and suppression systems) ensuring that these meets, at all times, legal and best practice standards. This shall include inspection and maintenance of the inventory, as and when required.

Planning, participation and coordination of H&S arrangements for role-related live events including emergency response in conjunction with other stakeholders.


Digital tools for Health and Safety

Steward implementation of the digital tools to ensure faster, simplified and more effective management of Safaricom’s Safety and Health Management System across Fibre Operations

Ensure 100% utilisation of Entropy and I-tower across the Fibre Operations.



Spearhead and report on HSW related sustainability initiatives within the Fibre Operations.



Ideally a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized univeristy

In-depth training, exposure and thorough understanding of the Occupational Safety and Health field in the Telecommunication, oil and gas or manufacturing industry.

3-5 years minimum related experience and/or training in Corporate Safety environment. Telecommunication industry an added advantage

Thorough knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, The Work Injuries Benefit Act and subsidiary legislation.

Good understanding of Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers or employees

Demonstrate ability to understand the GSM network and IT infrastructure

Project Management and Coordination Skills

Good understanding of incident investigations process

Communication skills

Analytical skills

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Business process analysis techniques

Risk management and process improvement


How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should make their applications through Safaricom's portal Safaricom Careers

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