Health Safety Officer

Posted On
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 09:31

POSITION TITLE:                  Health & Safety Officer

DEPARTMENT:                     Operations

REPORTS TO:                       VP, Operations


The Health & Safety Officer plays a key role the creation and implementation of a safety culture consistent with the VNI Occupational Health & Safety Policy and CARE value. The Health & Safety Officer will create a safe work environment and maintain safe work practices by ensuring compliance with corporate, industry, and regulatory safety standards; developing and implementing Certificate of Recognition (COR) safety policies, processes and practices; identifying and initiating required safety training; ensuring adherence to OSSE policies, processes and practices; and supporting managers on health and safety issues.

The position participates as a key member of the company health and safety committee, provides guidance to first aid attendants, completes accident investigations, liaises with WorkSafeBC, and works with human resources on return to work situations. The positon will also contribute to the development of other corporate wide programs related to employee health and safety I.E. Fire Protection; Earthquake Preparedness


       2.1 Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Program

  • Develop, in consultation with the Director, Operations, a company-wide safety program that meets OSSE requirements for COR certification.
    • Develop policies, procedures, and practices consistent with OSSE and other regulatory requirements related to employee health and safety
    • Ensure system components are consistent with VNI Occupational Health & Safety Policy and CARE value
  • Ensure external contractors are covered either through the VNI safety system or the contractor’s safety program.
  • Liase with external agencies (WorkSafe, FIOSA/MISOA) in the completion of the annual audit and the development of an action plan based on recommendations identified in the audit.
  • Assist in the development, tracking, and monitoring of the H & S annual business plan and budget.
  • Establishes safety metrics, maintains detailed and accurate safety records, measures and reports results.

       2.2 OHS Program Implementation

  • Support managers and supervisors in the effective implementation of OSSE safety policies and processes.
  • Provide advice, guidance and coaching to health and safety committee, managers, supervisors, team leads and staff on a variety of safety issues especially those related to occupational safety policy and practices, issues, and decisions related to COR and other regulatory requirements.
  • Take a lead role in organizing and maintaining the Health & Safety Committee and first aid attendants group consistent with regulatory requirements.
    • Monitor adherence by employees and subcontractors to the company safety program, including all policies and processes.
  • Communicate policies and other relevant information in order to keep managers and staff up to date and well informed regarding health and safety issues.
  • Work with Managers in accomplishing job site safety compliance inspections including hazard analysis, safe work procedures, written reports and recommendations.
  • Coordinate inspections, investigations, and occupational safety activities with departments. Ensure safety requirements, identified in inspections, are completed.
  • Tracks, monitors, records, and communicates results to objectives.

       2.3  Safety Orientation & Training

  • Develop, coordinate, and facilitate safety orientation training for new employees.
    • Coordinates training with human resources and quality assurance.
  • Coordinate and facilitate safety training for existing employees.
    • Write safety procedures and job aids for use in implementation of the training content
  • Identify training needs and coordinate mandatory training consistent with OSSE program maintenance, regulatory requirements, industry specific training, certifications I.E. First Aid, SHMIS, Fork Lift, Fall Protection, Personal Protection Equipment.
    • Recommend training options for completion of mandatory training requirements.
  • Maintain employee training records as per COR and regulatory requirements.
  • Support the development and implementation of Safety Toolbox meetings.
    • Upon request, facilitate employee safety presentations

       2.4 Worksafe Claims & Return to Work

  • Coordinate and manage WorkSafe claims with WCB, managers, health professionals, and employees.
  • Ensure the timely completion of accident/injury investigations; direct and renew the analysis of accident and injury data, identifying the need for new or modified occupational safety programs. Ensure actions identified are followed through on.
  • In collaboration with human resources, develops a Return-to-Work Program, including disability management policies, processes, and practices that encourage employee return to work, meets current legislative requirements, and decreases the company’s liability exposure.
  • Provides advice, guidance and coaching to health and safety committee, managers, supervisors, team leads and staff on injury/accident incidents and disability issues.
  • Tracks, monitors, records, and communicates results to objectives.

       2.5 Corporate Health & Safety Programs

  • In collaboration with Corporate Services, contributes to the development, implementation, and adherence to regulatory required health and safety programs. I.E. Fire Protection; Earthquake Preparedness
  1. COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills, Ability)
  • Up to date knowledge of BC occupational health and safety legislation including Duty to Accommodate, Employment Equity Act, Human Rights legislation, and Workers’ Compensation Board.
  • Knowledge of current best practice health and safety approaches. Applies knowledge to development and application of overall health and safety policies, processes, and practices.
  • Takes initiative to improve health and safety practices and processes.
  • Ability to drive results but also possesses the ability to lead supervisors, team leads, and employees to buy into new safety initiatives and approaches.
  • Working knowledge of company operations, structure, and positions in order to integrate understanding into health and safety planning and initiatives.
  • Ability to determine and follow priorities, can multi-task
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal skills to clearly communicate with all levels of the organization and external contacts.
  • Problem solver with solid analytical skills and the ability to trouble shoot as the need arises.
  • Develop strong relationships by applying interpersonal and people management skills including sensitivity, tact, and professionalism.
  • 3+ years of experience related to the coordination of the overall employee health and safety program preferably within food processing and/or manufacturing. Experience in establishing/maintaining COR certification is an asset.
  • Occupational Health & Safety Diploma (BCIT or equivalent); Occupational First Aid Level II (OFA 2)
  • Solid knowledge of WorkSafe BC regulations, policies, guidelines and standards.
  • Experience dealing with WorkSafeBC including return to work situations.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing and facilitating safety orientations and training sessions.
  • Proficient in MS Word, MS Outlook, and spreadsheet/database MS Excel.
  • Capability to work in a team environment with internal departments, external partners, and diverse personalities in a manner that promotes positive relationships.
  • Superior time management skills, detail orientation, multitasking skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.


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