Head of Health and Safety


Michael Dalton


After initially joining Guyan & Associates in 2008, Michael took time out to simultaneously raise his young son and complete an Open University degree, before returning in October 2013.

Michael learned from the best in M&E recruitment, having been trained and developed by Director, James Guyan. Michael’s considered and tailored approached to recruitment, reflects the company’s ethos that quality, not quantity, is important and he takes pride in understanding candidates' individual needs and matching them to the right clients. This approach sets Michael apart from the mass of bums-on-seats recruiters within the industry and has allowed him to make his stamp on the London market - with him fast becoming the first name both clients and candidates turn to for their recruitment needs.

With a strong understanding and awareness of the current market, Michael specialises in Mechanical & Electrical contractors in London and the South East, where he works closely with a number of key players in the industry. He places candidates from graduate to operational level and typical positions include: Project Engineers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Commercial Managers and Estimators.

Prior to M&E recruitment, Michael cut his teeth resourcing recruitment consultants – which he describes as an eye-opening experience! This opportunity allowed Michael to see both the good and bad qualities in recruitment consultants – and, ultimately, led him to turn his back on the stereotypical view and take the right approach to recruitment.

A proud, life-long, Manchester United fan, Michael is looking forward to seeing them return to the top of the league! He spends most of his spare time having fun with his family and he’s happy his son is slowly coming round to the idea of being a Red Devils supporter. 

Where: Michael looks after roles in London and the South East.



Job Description


We have an amazing opportunity for an expereinced Health and Safety individual to head up a department of a top M&E Contractor. You will have full responsibility for the H&S department, reporting to Board of Directors. The successful candidate will be expected to roll their sleeves up and to get their hands dirty, whilst implementing and adapting company processes and procedures. 

About This Role


Job title: Head of Health and Safety for M&E Installation Contractor



Duties & Responsibilities: As the Head of Health and Safety your duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Developing a Health and Safety strategy within the business whilst also reviewing all current internal policies and updating where required.
  • Monitoring and analysing the monthly health and safety statistics looking for any current trends and reporting on these, looking to continuously improve process or procedures where necessary.
  • Create and deliver an in-house behavioural safety training programme to all staff.
  • Deliver a quarterly health and safety presentation to all staff, updating them on recent updates/statistics etc.
  • Contribute to the staff newsletter – Health and Safety update.
  • Set up focus groups to look at areas for development/best practice.
  • Ensure ISO certification and standards are maintained across the entire operation, including (BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 – Environment and BS OHSAS 18001: 2007 – Health & Safety).
  • Ensure Achilles/NSAI standards are maintained.
  • Ensure Company remains in full compliance with current and future OHS legislation.
  • Health & Safety regulations and requirements are correctly interpreted and adhered to by all Designer Group staff.
  • Implement Safety initiatives to ensure our client differentiates themselves from their competitors.
  • Systems relating to construction regulations, contractor management and hazardous work tasks (permit to work) are optimised, audited and fully effective.
  • Provide advice to Senior Management and Site Teams in relation to ensuring all plant and equipment is used in compliance with Health & Safety regulations. For example, safety harnesses mobile scaffolds/plant etc.
  • Site Safety Monitoring Reports are issued as necessary.
  • Oversee the implementation of site specific safety documentation, ensuring risks and hazards are effectively communicated to all relevant parties.
  • Health and Safety input and documentation into new site set ups. On award of a project a full site survey and Risk Assessment must be carried out prior to commencement on site. Safety Statement and Risk Assessment to be issued to main contractor/client prior to works commencing on site. This process will be carried out in conjunction with the Operations Director/Project Supervisors for the project.
  • Method Statements and Risk Assessments are issued on all projects, when required, in conjunction with the Construction Team. Similarly, Method Statements, Risk Assessments and SWP’s must accompany works carried out at Office and other regional offices/sites.
  • Establishing audit processes and procedures, ensuring the business complies with all relevant statutory and best practice.
  • Ensure our client complies with duties imposed under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM).
  • Advice on training requirements for all site and office-based staff
  • Attend the monthly UK Board Meeting, providing the senior management team with an update in terms of Health and Safety within the business.

About This Client


Client: This fully integrated, privately-owned, business services engineering firm is one of the leading M&E services contractors in the industry
Turnover: £100m
Location Coverage: UK 
Typical Roles and disciplines: Mechanical and Electrical Design, Estimating, Project Management, Engineering, Quantity Surveying, BIM Technician, Project Engineer, CAD Technician
Sectors: Arts and Culture, Bespoke Projects, Commercial Offices, Data Centres, Educational Facilities, Healthcare, Laboratories and Technology, Listed Buildings, Museums and Galleries, Residential and Hotels, Retail
M&E Services installed: HVAC, DX plant, domestic water services, BMS, medical gases, HV, LV infrastructure, lighting, power, fire alarms, security, specialist fit out, 3D modelling, BIM
Years of establishment: 30 years 
Awards won: RoSPA 2016, NICEIC 2006, B&ES 2015, Considerate Constructors 2015, CHAS 2016