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Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

The Occupational Health and Safety Specialist will take the lead role in developing, maintaining, and implementing various health and safety protocols across our organization as it relates to Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response, Safe Work Standards and Procedures, and Incident Investigations.  The OHS specialist will lead the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, eliciting participation from all departments.

Job Purpose

The Occupational Health and Safety Specialist will take the lead role in developing, maintaining, and implementing various health and safety protocols across our organization as it relates to Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response, Safe Work Standards and Procedures, and Incident Investigations.  The OHS specialist will lead the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, eliciting participation from all departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program and Services Administration

  • Ensure compliance with Federal Legislation’s OHS requirements by playing a key role in leading the OHS committee.
  • Elicit engagement from each department on the OHS Committee to review safety concerns, develop safety standards and safe work procedures, as well as review incidents and recommendations for incident prevention
  • Update, and maintain the Emergency Management Plan
  • Manage and coordinate all emergency management training and exercises
  • Set-up and maintain the Emergency Operations Centre and create strategic relationships with all stakeholders such as community, volunteers, employees, industry, and government agencies
  • Creates and maintains a list of supplies for the EOC
  • Works with various departments to develop and maintain Safe Work standards and procedures; shares departmental procedures when applicable for leveraging and ensures all employees are aware of our procedures
  • Provides recommendations to managers of ways to increase safety
  • Brings forward safety issues, concerns, and recommendations for discussion at the management level

Other Related Duties

  • Engages with the SFN community to understand current needs within the SFN community
  • Participates as the SFN representative in collaborative partner networks (Peace River Regional District and Indigenous and Northern Affairs)
  • Researches and writes funding proposals to secure additional funding as it relates to this position and health and safety in general
  • Acts as a community role model and advocate for health and safety

Qualifications and Skills

  • Post-secondary education Occupational Health and Safety
  • Experience in senior, public sector positions, preferably in a First Nations environment
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Knowledge of Federal Legislation as it pertains to employer’s responsibilities in relation to OHS requirements
  • Facilitation skills and public speaking considered an asset
  • Knowledge of SFN community, heritage, culture, social structure, language and traditions
  • Research skills including the ability to interpret and explain emergency management policies and laws
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Maintains high level of confidentiality in the handling of information

Work Conditions

  • Work is performed primarily in the office with hours of work set as 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Travel may be required within SFN community and surrounding community
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals
  • Unexpected overtime as it pertains to emergency situations

Additional Info

  • Application Cut Off Date: Monday, 14 September 2020
  • Position Start Date: Monday, 05 October 2020
  • Position Type: Permanent
  • Expected Hours: Full Time
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