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Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator

Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator

Job Description

Reporting to the Human Resources Manager, the Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance and continued improvement of K’uL Group health and safety programs and ensures they are in alignment with K’uL Group values. The Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator also ensures safe work practices and policies are in compliance with WorkSafe BC regulations and other legislative standards, and is the main contact for all aspects of occupational health and safety, disability, and claims management.  This position will dedicate the majority of its time in the office with occasional visits to each site location.

Objectives of this Role

  • Quality Orientation
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Energy and Stress
  • Decision Making and Judgment
  • Mediating and Negotiating
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Time Management
  • Providing Consultation
  • Team Oriented
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Development and Continuous Learning
  • Interpersonal Skills & Self Evaluation
  • Problem Solving
  • Research and Analysis
  • Communication
  • Enforcing Laws, Rules and Regulations
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Key Responsibilities

  • Proactive management of WorkSafe injury and other disability claims, focusing on prevention and return to work, and liaises with WorkSafe and insurance providers on all claims including managing appeals where appropriate.
  • Works with departments to develop and deliver effective rehabilitation and/or return-to work programs for claimants to enable them to return to their normal duties and occupations in a safe and timely manner, and liaises with related external service providers as required.
  • Oversees safe-work practices for contractors, confirms they meet insurance requirements and appropriately identifies safety risks.
  • Investigates accidents thoroughly and effectively in collaboration with the department managers, ensures accident claims are appropriately processed, and prepares related reports and recommendations.
  • Performs job site safety compliance inspections, including hazard analysis, safe-work procedures, written reports and recommendations on a monthly basis.
  • Reports on incident statistics, worker concerns, etc., and provides interpretation, information, advice, and assistance on safety matters to all departments with relation to statistics and trends.
  • Works in collaboration with departments to coordinate and organize the scheduling and delivery of all mandatory health and safety training, ensures training is current and maintains up-to-date records.
  • Updates, maintains, and presents safety orientation and training for all new employees to ensure complete and effective understanding of potential risks and expected behaviors within the workplace.
  • Develops and identifies the need for new safety-related training manuals, programs, fire prevention and evacuation, safe operating procedures, safety awards, and monthly safety education topics in response to analysis of accident and injury data.
  • Ensures compliance and best practices with respect to WorkSafe BC regulations and federal legislation, and maintains active liaison with WorkSafe BC and other governmental agencies.
  • Responsible for all necessary reporting to the federal government.
  • Conducts effective ergonomic analysis of the workplace and work centers including routine industrial hygiene checks, risk/hazard assessments, and worker satisfaction surveys.
  • Chairs the Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHSC) and develops, maintains, and communicates all related documentation, including the agenda and minutes with the assistance of the co-chairs.
  • Develops and coordinates pro-active health and wellness programs for  staff and community; creates a Health and Wellness Committee.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary in the performance of the position and as assigned by the HR Manager.
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the K’uL Group policies, standards and procedures and as directed by the HR Generalist.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality and uses discretion on all matters relating to the affairs of K’uL Group.
  • Collaborates with Penticton Indian Band on projects and objectives as required.

Qualifications:

Minimum Academic/Educational Requirements

  • Occupational Health and Safety Certificate, Diploma or related post-secondary degree
  • Level Two First Aid Certificate recognized by WorkSafe BC

Other Certification, Licenses, Designations and/or Training

  • Valid BC Driver’s License.

Specific Job Skills and Levels

  • Understanding of current legislation, codes of practice, bulletins, and other safe work practice requirements and recommendations
  • Knowledge of Canadian Employment Laws, BC Employment Standards, Canadian Human Rights, Workers Compensation Act, and Occupational Health and Safety legislation
  • Exceptional interpersonal, leadership, and collaborative skills with the ability to develop strong working relationships
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with a high degree of discretion and tact in handling confidential matters
  • Has an understanding and appreciation for First Nation culture
  • Ability to work in an extremely fast paced environment with numerous priorities

Minimum Level of Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience implementing and promoting safe work practices and policies within a similar environment
  • Experience with accident investigation, workplace inspection, and job hazard analysis
  • Experience with disability management and return to work programs
  • Previous experience working in a local government or First Nation environment is  considered an asset

Ideal Attributes to be successful in position

  • Approachable and friendly.
  • Patient.

  • Self-confident.

  • Firm but supportive.

  • Diplomatic and non-partisan.

  • Able to work both independently and as a contributing member of a team.

  • Punctual and dependable.

Other

  • The successful candidate must be prepared to commit to a learning and development plan.
  • All K’uL Group employees are encouraged to learn about the culture, language and traditions of the Okanagan people and be willing to continuously upgrade their skills and abilities as well as further their formal education.

Working Conditions:

  • Manual dexterity required to operate computer and peripherals.
  • Sitting at work station for extended periods of time.
  • Standing for extended periods during facilitation.  
  • Interacts with employees, department managers, and CEO.
  • Interacts with PIB Human Resources Department as required.
  • Competing priorities.
  • Moderate to high levels of mental concentration.
  • Potential for highly sensitive issues.
  • Must be able to manage personalities and work with differing management styles.
  • Overtime may be required.

Deadline: Friday March 29 at 4 p.m.

Please email resume, cover letter and attach references to [email protected].

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels valued and respected. We will consider accessibility accommodations to applicants upon request.