Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

Posted: October 05, 2020

Region: Flexible in Canada

Application deadline: October 19, 2020

Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking Occupational Health & Safety Advisors across Canada to support our personnel with a focus on those within various active emergency response operations. 

This is a Term full-time position until March 31, 2021 with the possibility of extension,  reporting to Director – Health and Safety, the position will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Canadian Red Cross’s national health and safety vision and goals by supporting geographic and programmatic leaders and other specialist functions by implementing the CRC’s Occupational Health & Safety program.  This position is responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance with applicable Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) legislation and regulation.

Who you are:

  • You are a relationship builder – you will develop relationships with your client groups to become a trusted advisor.
  • You are insightful – you are able to analyze data and turn metrics into insights and lessons learned which feed into strategy and improvements to the OHS program.
  • You are a strong communicator – you are able to effectively communicate in a variety of ways the key elements of OHS for our personnel at all levels of an organization.

You will enjoy:

  • Culture : an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
  • Opportunity : to work with the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration.
  • Meaningful Work:  you will be part of a team that supports Canadians and your Red Cross colleagues within your province as well as from across the country.

In this role you will:

  • Assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of national and provincial OHS management systems.
  • Provide health & safety counsel and coordination to management in support of CRC personnel to ensure workplace safety and injury prevention.
  • Perform regulatory and hazard/risk assessments which will require travel to various sites of active emergency response operations (ex: COVID-19 testing sites, Long-Term Care homes, Indigenous Communities, etc.).
  • Liaise closely and collaborate with CRC Public Health Specialists on the Exposure Control and Infection Control Plans and standards.  Engage with Facilities and/or Logistics colleagues as applicable.
  • Collect, measure and analyze provincial and site metrics and performance indicators to identify trends, frequency and severity for continuous improvement and corrective measures.  Assist geographic and programmatic leaders develop action plans for improvement.
  • Assist in the development of standardized safety briefings, systems, policies, training, safety campaigns and programs to influence our proactive safety culture, reduce risk, and increase the health, safety and well-being of CRC personnel.
  • Responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance with applicable Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) legislation and regulation.
  • Liaise with Risk Services to advance workplace incident reporting requirements and assist supervisors in the investigation of incidents to determine root cause and document lessons learned.
  • Support and collaborate with People Services and management as needed for any health and safety related functions including workers’ compensation.
  • Support other Red Cross initiatives to provide a coordinated team effort in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in the community.

We’re looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Occupational Health & Safety or related discipline, or a combination of education and management experience that would be considered equivalent.
  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years of experience in an OHS role.
  • Canadian Health & Safety Consultants designation is considered an asset.
  • Ability to travel within province and potentially within Canada in support of active emergencies.
  • Up to date knowledge and understanding of OHS legislation, best practices and trends.
  • Resiliency and adaptability to changing circumstances in a fast-paced environment.   
  • Experience in facilitating and presenting training sessions is a requirement. 
  • Able to coordinate with authorities and foster effective internal working relationships with in a matrix environment.
  • Strong team work as well as demonstrated time management skills.  
  • Excellent communication skills with fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in English is essential; fluency in French is required based on province of work.
  • Computer and numerical literacy, comfort working with data bases and MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • A satisfactory Enhanced Police Information check and a satisfactory Driver’s Abstract are required.
  • Current First Aid Certification or willingness to take training.

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

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