UBC Health and Safety Committee Trainer and Auditor
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Application method:

Please submit application via UBC Careers website: www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/34656. Any applications received outside of the UBC Careers website will not be considered.

Term: This is a 1 year leave replacement position


Working in partnership with UBC Safety Committees, this position is responsible for the maintenance and sustainability of the Occupational Health & Safety Committee program on the Vancouver campus and associated sites in the Greater Vancouver Region. The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure that the 100+ Joint and Local Occupational Health & Safety Committees function effectively to enhance safety in the workplace and meet or exceed compliance with WorkSafeBC Regulations and UBC Policies. This will be achieved through the development and implementation of an evaluation program and tool that provides regular analytic data to support the compliance goals and status reporting to the responsible senior administrators and executives. In addition, this position is responsible for developing and providing the in-person and web-based training for all participants of Health & Safety Committees to meet regulatory compliance. Periodic support is required to teach other Occupational & Research training courses and provide coverage for absences and vacations of other Occupational Research Safety (ORS) Associates.


Reports to the Risk Management Services (RMS) Advisor - Education Programs and Planning. Interacts with administrative units and all levels of the UBC community and plays an integral role in the functioning of the RMS departmental responsibilities. Maintains communication and provides resource support to Occupational Safety Committees and Senior Administration who are accountable to the UBC Executive


  • Conducts safety committee training for all 100+ Joint and Local Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC/LOHSC) members in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements. Ensures training incorporates best occupational safety practices, guidelines, policies, standards, and regulatory requirements;
  • Provides specialized/tailored sessions as required to faculty, staff and students workers;
  • Audits Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees to ensure committees function in accordance with regulatory and UBC policy requirements;
  • Provides appropriate reports relating to the performance of each JOHSC for the responsible Executive;
  • Provides training to supervisors on elements of safety programs;
  • Works on writing and processing necessary amendments to the existing program documents;
  • Responsible for acting as a RMS resource for JOHSCs.
  • Conducts Incident/Accident reviews and investigations, and promoting the resources and programs offered by RMS;
  • Responsible for the delivery of the Occupational and Research Safety program, including investigation and evaluation of risks from possible exposures to hazardous materials in order to protect the health and well-being of individuals and the University community.
  • Promoting, implementing and maintaining University-wide Safety Management Systems;
  • Interacts and collaborates with University administrative heads of unit, departmental managers, and other UBC staff to provide direction and advice on the application of the applicable Health and Safety regulations;
  • Provides guidance to laboratory and operations personnel to minimize risks from hazardous materials through the recognition, evaluation and control of these hazards, including recommendations to affected individuals and departments;
  • Recommends practical solutions to resolve JOHSC issues and appropriate courses of action;
  • Meets with departments' safety coordinators and safety committees' representatives and provides consultation and guidance regarding techniques for the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials;
  • Participates in the RMS emergency response program, including emergency service pager duty;
  • Reviews Incident/Accident reports and generates JOHSC reports or other reports as required;
  • Performs other related duties as directed to support the implementation of RMS objectives.


Work supervised by RMS Advisor - Education Programs and Planning. This position supports the implementation of safety program practices to conform to various regulations, federal (WHMIS, TDG) and provincial (WorkSafeBC, BC Fire Code) through the development and implementation of safety committee training and auditing functions. Inadequate training or consultation could result in serious injury or disease to faculty and staff and students; loss of equipment or facilities; fines and legal liability to UBC as well as loss of reputation to UBC.


This position performs responsibilities under the direct supervision of the RMS Advisor - Education Programs and Planning


This position does not directly supervise full or part-time staff. This position provides functional supervision to ensure compliance of all individuals, including faculty and staff.


  • College Diploma in an applicable field. Diploma or Certificate in Occupational Safety or applicable field.
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation is an asset.
  • Training experience is required. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. - Thorough and demonstrated understanding occupational safety in both office and laboratory settings.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of pertinent regulations (WorkSafeBC related regulations, guidelines and best practices.
  • General knowledge in biosafety, chemical safety, hazard assessment and control, occupational health and safety, and radionuclide safety and methodology is an asset.
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication including presentations in group settings.
  • Conflict resolution and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Computer skills compatible with Windows essential with database experience an asset.

Valid driver's license required.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $61,840.00 to $74,238.00 /year


  • English (Required)