Health & Safety Officer

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Health & Safety Officer

At Nearfield Instruments we're looking for a seasoned Health & Safety Officer to join our team.

Full-time · Rotterdam

About Nearfield Instruments

Nearfield Instruments (NFI) is a fast-growing scale-up high-tech company. We design, develop, integrate, market and service advanced metrology machines. Our machines enable our customers - the world’s leading chipmakers – to increase the production yields, and thus, functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Founded in 2016, we bring together the most creative minds (approx. 160 employees) in science and technology and develop a one-of-a-kind, revolutionary high throughput Scanning Probe Microscopy system.

About the job

What will you be doing? 

The Health and Safety Officer is responsible for implementing health and safety policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations and promote a safe working environment. You assess risks, develop strategies to mitigate hazards, and provide training to employees to raise awareness about safety protocols.


  • Implementing and maintaining Safety Policies: Implement, and update health and safety policies and procedures in accordance with local, state, and international regulations. Ensure policies are effectively communicated and followed throughout the organization.

  • Risk Assessment and Hazard Identification: Conduct regular workplace inspections to identify potential hazards and assess risks. Analyze accident and incident reports to determine trends and areas for improvement. Develop strategies to mitigate risks and prevent accidents.

  • Help carry out and formalize (either independently or with others) the mandatory risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E).

  • Organize the safety committee meetings, activities and follow up.

  • Training and Education: Organize and conduct safety training programs for employees, including new hire orientation and ongoing training sessions. Educate staff on safe work practices, emergency procedures, and the proper use of safety equipment.

  • Safety Compliance: Ensure compliance with relevant health and safety legislation and regulations. Keep track of changes in regulations and industry standards, and update policies and procedures accordingly. Liaise with regulatory agencies and participate in inspections and audits as required.

  • Accident Investigation: Investigate workplace accidents, near misses, and incidents to determine root causes and prevent recurrence. Compile and analyze data to identify trends and develop corrective actions. Prepare reports for management and regulatory agencies as necessary.

  • Safety Promotion: Promote a culture of safety throughout the organization. Encourage employee involvement in safety initiatives and recognize contributions to maintaining a safe work environment. Implement incentives and recognition programs to motivate adherence to safety protocols.

  • Emergency Preparedness: Develop and maintain emergency response plans for various scenarios, including fires, chemical spills, and medical emergencies. Conduct drills and simulations to test emergency procedures and ensure staff readiness.

  • Safety Equipment and Facilities: Ensure the availability and proper maintenance of safety equipment and facilities, such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and emergency exits. Coordinate with relevant departments to address maintenance issues promptly.

  • Documentation and Record Keeping: Maintain accurate records of safety inspections, training sessions, incident reports, and other relevant documents.

Where you will be working?  

You work within the QHSE team in the Rotterdam office.

About you

What are we looking for? 
Startups can provide phenomenal learning and development opportunities but can also be a hectic environment at times. You must fit in such a climate and don’t mind to constantly implement changes and process improvements, be hands-on, and to go the extra mile on a regular basis and feel comfortable with some uncertainty.   

Furthermore, you need to recognize yourself in the profile as described below. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Health management, Industrial management, Risk management, Safety management, or a related discipline and 3 to 5 years of work experience in the field.

  • Relevant certifications in occupational health and safety. E.g:  BHV, VCA.

  • Knowledge of relevant Dutch and international legislation.

  • Experience with ISO 45001 is considered an advantage.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively train and engage employees at all levels of the organization.

  • Attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate records and documentation.

  • Problem-solving abilities and the capacity to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively.

  • You take responsibility and pay attention to detail.

  • You have full working rights for The Netherlands. Visa/work permit sponsorship can unfortunately not be offered for this role.

  • Good Dutch and English language skills are required.

What can you expect

Getting on board now is a great opportunity to grow with the company from a technical, personal, and financial perspective. Nearfield's momentum is energetic and promising! 

Our starting point is of course to pay someone a fair and competitive salary and besides this we offer you: 

  • we value your work-life balance; 

  • time for some relaxation: 240 hours of holiday per calendar year (on 40 hours); 

  • 8% of your annual salary (gross) holiday allowance; 

  • Commuting allowance; 

  • Discount on your health insurance; 

  • We are here to support one another, and colleagues are there to help you. TEAM is very important, Together Everyone Achieves More! 

  • Besides a challenging role where you can utilize the full extent of your professional knowledge. 

Recruitment Process

If the above challenges excite you, we encourage you to send us your details using the Apply now button on our career site.  For more information you can contact our Recruiter, Niels Jordens, via .

Our recruitment process: 

  • Screening by Recruiter 

  • 1st interview 

  • 2nd interview 

  • Meeting our CEO 

  • Offer 

  • Onboarding and welcome at Nearfield Instruments! 

Apply for the job

Do you want to join our team as our new Health & Safety Officer? Then we'd love to hear about you!