Health and Safety Specialist
Reporting to the Vice-President, Human Resources, the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the development, implementation and maintenance of Canada Cartage System’s Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) programs. This includes but is not limited to daily administrative tasks, assisting in the development of safe work procedures, WCB claims management, investigations, and training.
The incumbent promotes a proactive approach to health and safety throughout the organization.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Promote a safe and healthy work environment and reduction of lost time due to occupational injury or illness.
- WSIB claims management including identifying and managing modified work opportunities to fit individual functional abilities as part of our Early and Safe Return to Work Program.
- Provide advice and consultation to managers and employees to ensure compliance with OHS legislation and guidelines.
- Provide required monthly safety performance reports to identify trends, recommend initiatives to reduce incidents and improve prevention initiatives.
- Responsible for managing, coordinating and overseeing implementation of all Health and Safety programs and processes.
- Participate in the development and implementation of safety training programs.
- Conduct new hire safety orientations and other required training programs as needed
- Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and continuous improvement in key identified measures and objectives.
- Manages relationships with key clients, including both internal and external stakeholders on HSE-related matters
- Attending and facilitating monthly safety committee meetings as required.
- Meeting regulatory filing and reporting requirements.
- Maintain awareness of amendments to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) and Regulations, and make recommendations for their implementation.
- Maintain sound knowledge of the Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and all relevant legislation as it relates to Disability Management and Accommodations.
Experience & Required skills
- Occupational Safety Certificate, Diploma or Degree from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
- Minimum 5 years related experience and proven track record in safety ideally in the transportation or manufacturing industry
- Strong knowledge and application of OHS Act/Regulations, CSA Standards, other legislative requirements, applicable federal, provincial and municipal regulations/legislation, industry standards, Workplace Safety & Insurance Act and best practices
- Knowledge of Workers Compensation guidelines and return to work programs
- Experience with workplace inspection and job hazard analysis
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio and Power Point
- First Aid including CPR and AED certification
- Strong report writing skills and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to multi-task and problem solve in a fast-paced and changing environment
- Ability to exercise tact, discretion and sound judgement
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Maintain positive relations with employees
- Mature, professional and optimistic attitude
- Proven ability to maintain the confidentiality of information and records
- Strong diplomacy, flexibility, listening and persuasion skills
- Experience in program or policy development is an asset
- Experience implementing Alcohol and Drug programs, including testing, an asset
- Some travel may be required on a periodic basis
- Visibility requires maintaining a professional appearance and providing a positive company image to the public
- Ability to create and maintain a work environment in which people remain motivated and contributing to the company’s vision and philosophy