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Health and Safety Specialist

Lower Mainland, British Columbia
Who We Are
We are a dynamic, growth-oriented, and safety-focused company. Our organization has been deemed to be an “essential service” by providing collection and processing for Waste and Recycling that keep our communities clean and safe.  With customer service and safety as our focus, we are looking for an energetic and driven employee to support our growing company and play a crucial role in waste diversion. Emterra is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, a certified diverse supplier of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), the Canadian Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBE) and WEConnect International.

Under the direction of the Corporate Director of Health, Safety, and Risk, the Health and Safety Specialist will support branches within British Columbia. The focus of delivery on all health and safety and health, safety, and risk management processes and programs will be caring, effective, evidence-based practice that strives for high quality results and excellent customer service. This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for health, safety, and risk management and will demonstrate principles and practices that will optimize a safe environment for all.
What You Will Achieve in This Role:
  • Responsible for developing, organizing, and supporting sites to deliver employee safety orientations, training programs, recording results and ensuring all training is accurate and compliant with legislative requirements;
  • Actively identify and intervene in unsafe conditions and behaviors, help establish corrective actions and prevent hazardous situations, and accurately report incidents and safety plans into the system;
  • Provide departments and operation teams support and instructions in superior health, safety, and risk management practices as well as, preventing health, safety, and risk management issues;
  • Conduct regular audits and inspections on-site and on-road to ensure that effective health, safety, and risk management controls and requirements are effectively implemented and followed at all BC work sites;
  • Work with Emterra’s Health, Safety, and Risk Management Team to maintain, report, and investigate near-misses, injuries, accidents, and dangerous occurrences, prepare safety documentation (monthly, quarterly and yearly reports) and safe work practices and procedures, and review site specific safe work plans;
  • Support with managing collision and carrier profile appeals. Ensure documentation is reviewed and sent to appropriate authorities within specified guidelines. Monitors monthly carrier profile status;
  • Conduct and support in the completion of site and on-road incident investigations;
  • Perform data base input – metrics, certifications, updates, etc., ensure all required data is received from sites for monthly analysis for submission to the Corporate Director of Health, Safety, and Risk;
  • Manage the re-certifications and purchasing of safety equipment and materials;
  • Update safety information for clients as requested and assist with safety documentation for marketing proposals;
  • Collect and review driver abstracts; 
  • Conduct annual reviews on corporate manual and provide support for the development of a regional employee safety handbook;
  • Provide support for development and formatting of job hazard assessment development and job task inventory;
  • Provide support with safety board design for various sites. Ensure consistency through-out the corporation and that relevant information is being shared; 
  • Coach work site personnel on the use of Emterra’s policy & procedure;
  • Monitor and ensure that employees and subcontractors employed on Emterra work sites are adhering to Emterra’s health, safety, and risk management standards and escalate issues to resolution;
  • Provide feedback and continuous improvement suggestions to site leaders/operation managers;
  • Collect and file all compliance related paperwork and documentation;
  • Support sites with health, safety, and risk management and National Safety Code related programs and training, file maintenance; anda
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
What You Bring to The Table:
  • 3-5 years’ experience with Health and Safety, Risk Management;
  • Bachelor's degree/college diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, Risk Management or related field preferred;
  • Member of regulated health profession preferred;
  • Occupational Health and Safety certification and Certified Disability Management Professional certification strongly preferred;
  • Previous work experience administering a Health, Safety, and Risk Management program;
  • Valid Class 1, 3 or 5 Driver’s License, clean driver’s abstract, and reliable vehicle;
  • Expert knowledge of Provincial Workers Compensation legislation, Provincial Employment Standards Acts and Occupational Health and Safety regulations, Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Acts and Regulations; Duty to Accommodate, Human Rights Code, Privacy laws, FIPPA, etc.; and provincial specific legislation (e.g. AODA);
  • Excellent interpersonal and effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate with various levels of management, staff, and union representatives and 3rd party regulators;
  • You have the ability to delegate and influence others to follow safety rules and regulations;
  • Ability to develop and analyze relevant occupational health and safety and health, safety, and risk management statistical data;
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues and to protect confidential medical information;
  • Excellent computer skills with working knowledge of various software, including Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member;
  • Exceptional problem-solving abilities and professional judgement;
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrates an ability to develop, lead and assist health and safety committee team members;
  • Must have an ability to interpret and apply safety legislation and policy;
  • Enthusiasm for working with a varied client group with an understanding and awareness of the diverse culture of the organization; and
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive demeanor.
No agencies. No phone calls please. Emterra thanks all applicants for their interest however, only qualified candidates will be contacted.
Emterra Group is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all individuals in accordance with legislation and Human Rights in all provinces.  Should you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources in any of the following ways:  send an email to hr@emterra.ca; by phone 905-336-9084, Extension 1103 or by mail to 1122 Pioneer Road, Burlington, ON L7M 1K4.
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