HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER
Durham District School Board
Whitby, ON
Job Purpose

Develops and maintains comprehensive procedures, programs and training to ensure the highest level of health and safety for staff, students and the public. Provides expert health and safety guidance to the board.

Accountabilities:
MANAGE ISSUES AND RESPOND: Manage issues and respond to situations related to health and safety to alleviate any safety concerns and ensure a safe and secure work and learning environment in accordance with legislation, regulations, processes, policies, and procedures, including mediating and resolving safety related refusals to work, all situations involving Ministry of Labour at the workplace, any emergency situations that immediately impact or have the potential to impact the health and safety of staff and/or students or school buildings. Provide advice and guidance and any ongoing support following the situations as required. Respond to members of the public (e.g., parents) when health and safety questions/concerns arise requiring technical/professional knowledge of the situation. Assist in the response to information (media sources) that reflects negatively on the organization and staff. Work collaboratively with Communications to ensure messaging related to safety issues are accurately stated.

ENSURE LEGISLATIVE COMPLIANCE: Develop and administer programs that include mandatory and proactive inspections, investigations, training, reporting, record keeping and complaint resolution procedures. Monitor and review assigned work performed by third party contractors to ensure contractual and safety obligations are being met. Demonstrate to regulatory authorities (e.g., Ministry of Labour) that DDSB’s health and safety program meets or exceeds legislative compliance. Keep abreast of ongoing legislative changes.

RESEARCH, IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR: Ensure a safe working and learning environment and prevent injury, illness, loss of life and/or property damage by researching legislation, industry standards, codes and best practices to develop and administer effective policy, programs and procedures. Implement policy, programs and procedures through a communication strategy and/or training programs that educate and set expectations, including roles and responsibilities of staff related to health and safety in the workplace. Monitor the effectiveness of programs and procedures through ongoing stakeholder feedback and/or statistical analysis to ensure programs and procedures meet or exceed all legislated requirements.

PARTICIPATE, ASSIST AND COLLABORATE: Participate on the Joint Health and Safety Committee and assist in labour relations by working collaboratively with all workplace parties to resolve complex or contentious health and safety issues and communicating regularly with union representatives to foster a positive working relationship as well as a strong internal responsibility system and positive culture of workplace safety. Provide technical and administrative support to the Joint Health and Safety Committee to resolve health and safety concerns/incidents. Jointly investigate critical injuries and incidents with union/federation representatives and senior management. Act as a resource and monitor completion of legislated workplace inspections by school teams and ensure hazards/concerns identified are addressed and resolved.

CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS AND INSPECTIONS: Lead/conduct regular internal and external investigations to ensure compliance, be proactive and mitigate safety risks and hazards, and address any complaints/issues and concerns, make recommendations for corrective action in accordance with policies, procedures and related legislation and regulations as outlined in supporting programs and/or procedure or legislation. Monitor and follow up to ensure compliance and that desired outcomes are achieved. Act as Board’s representative during regulatory enforcement inspections, ensuring any Orders or non-compliance items are addressed. Manage retention of inspection records.

SUPERVISE AND HIRE CO-OP STUDENTS: Supervise and direct the work of Co-op Students by assigning tasks and responsibilities, reviewing and approving work, mentoring, coaching, evaluating performance and providing feedback, and providing appropriate health and safety training. Lead recruitment by conducting interviews and selecting student(s) qualified for the role.

Education:
Completion of a post-secondary College Diploma in a related field (e.g., Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Hygiene, Environmental Sciences) or a combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent.

Experience:
A minimum of 5 years experience as a Health and Safety/Occupational Hygienist.
A minimum of 5 years experience working in a unionized environment is preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of applicable legislation, policy, programs and procedures (e.g., Occupational Health & Safety Act and applicable Regulations (e.g. Industrial Regulation, Construction Projects, Designated Substances, Health Promotion & Protection Act, Education Act and applicable Policies Procedures Memorandums, Safe Drinking Water Act – Drinking Water Systems (Well Water Systems), Lead in Drinking Water))
Knowledge of Internal board policies, procedures and programs and historical records, statistical data
Knowledge of hazards and accident prevention techniques is essential as is research and analytical skills.
Conflict resolution, interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills
Prioritization and time management skills
Ability to create training materials and deliver training
Presentation/public speaking skills
Organizational skills are imperative to manage the challenging amount of work, initiatives and request.

This is a 35 hour per week, 12 month, permanent position.

The DDSB is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region. We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.