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Safety & Wellness Advisor

EORLA - Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association

This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted July 26, 2018.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Human Resources, the Advisor, Safety and Wellness contributes to a high-performance organization by leading and promoting a safe and healthy workplace that is in compliance with legislation and proactive in providing safety and wellness services. The Advisor, Safety and Wellness leads, designs and implements organization-wide strategies, policies, procedures and programs that address safety, workplace injury prevention, emergency response and compliance needs for all staff. The incumbent oversees WSIB injury and illness investigations, the return to work process, ergonomic and wellness requirements and initiatives for staff, takes preventative action related to legislation and policy in addition to managing the Attendance at Work Program. This Advisor is a well-rounded specialist in Safety and Wellness and has a high degree of accountability in ensuring their work has impact across all sites within the Association.

  • Researches, recommends and implements Association-wide short and long term safety and wellness strategies targeted at legislative compliance, stakeholder needs, best practices and measurable outcomes.
  • Acts as the Association’s contact and liaison on safety and wellness matters with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), Ministry of Labour, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Health, safety associations, etc., as well as with our insurance provider and ensures appropriate handling, notification, tracking and follow up across all the sites.
  • Assumes the lead role for the Association on hazard identification and risk assessment/mitigation related to Safety and Wellness, including incident investigation and management, record keeping and documentation, monitoring and compliance, and claims management.
  • Establishes and sustains meaningful policies, objectives, programs, processes and measurements focused on safety, ergonomics, wellness and other related areas of responsibility aligned with the Association’s strategy and direction.
  • Creates and fosters a wellness culture for staff by developing, communicating, implementing and promoting clearly defined programs, initiatives and measures that leverage internal partnerships and external partnerships/best practices.
  • Provides technical and operational expertise and advice to the Association’s stakeholders and oversees the functioning of the Joint Health & Safety Committees.
  • Leads investigations related to OHSA requirements, Bill 168 incidents, WSIB injury/illness occurrences and other relevant safety or wellness issues.
  • Plans and oversees Return to Work and Accommodation meetings for WSIB illnesses and injuries.
  • Conducts assessments and inspections in response to safety concerns, legislative/risk requirements and workplace incidents/accidents.
  • Contributes to emergency preparedness and response planning. Carries out responsibilities under the Emergency Plan and supports business recovery and continuity plans.
  • Educates and develops staff responsible for safety, WSIB, JHSC coordination, wellness and other responsibilities.
  • Establishes project plans, defines deliverables, manages progress and reports on results/metrics to ensure work stays on track.
  • Ensures on-going staff training to ensure compliance related to safety and wellness areas.
  • Oversees and follows up on accurate, timely completion of various health & safety surveys, audits and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinates and oversees the Attendance at Work Program.

What qualifications do you need for this role?

  • Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Human Resources Management, Industrial Relations, Occupational Health & Safety or equivalent.
  • Certification or designation in HR, safety, wellness and/or claims management considered an asset; Safety-related certifications are preferred;
  • Minimum five years’ of safety and wellness experience focused on organization-wide responsibilities across diverse stakeholder groups at all levels, preferably in a multi-site unionized environment.
  • Strong expertise in successfully developing, implementing and measuring strategies, policies and programs in the areas of safety, wellness and WSIB return to work.
  • Demonstrates superior communication in articulating direction and the reasons for it, in problem solving to resolve issues and in managing crisis situations.
  • Leads collaboratively by partnering with others internally and externally to engage multiple stakeholders, foster alignment, gain consensus and influence outcomes.
  • Exhibits understanding and practical knowledge of conducting and overseeing investigations related to legislative and policy requirements (i.e. injury, Bill 168, etc).
  • Thorough understanding and proficiency in managing WSIB return to work and accommodation situations to support safe and healthy reintegration for employees back into the workplace.
  • Shows thorough understanding and interpretation of related legislation and regulations in the areas of safety, wellness, human rights, labour relations and employment standards.
  • Experience with an Attendance at Work Program.
  • Knowledge of current safety and wellness practices, trends and requirements impacting safety and wellness.
  • Strong analytical, coordination and project management skills with ability to prioritize changing and conflicting demands, meet deadlines, and stay productive under pressure.
  • Demonstrated leadership in delivering excellent service to others as this is key in supporting the success of our Association.
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Effective ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experience and styles.
  • Flexibility in adapting to change and in participating in consultative decision-making processes.

As a pre-condition of employment, all new EORLA employees will be required to obtain and provide a satisfactory Criminal Records Check dated within six (6) months from the date of issue.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.

  • Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Human Resources Management, Industrial Relations, Occupational Health & Safety or equivalent.
  • Certification or designation in HR, safety, wellness and/or claims management considered an asset; Safety-related certifications are preferred;
  • Minimum five years’ of safety and wellness experience focused on organization-wide responsibilities across diverse stakeholder groups at all levels, preferably in a multi-site unionized environment.

Skills Required

  • Education level: University
  • Work experience (years): 3-5 years

Package

Salary: 73900.00-94400.00$ per year

How to Apply