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Advisor, Health, Safety & Prevention

Interior Health Authority

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted July 31, 2021.

Job title :ADVISOR, HEALTH, SAFETY & PREVENTION Community :KAMLOOPS Facility :ROYAL INLAND HOSPITAL Status :PERMANENT FULL TIME Position Summary Interior Health is looking for an Advisor, Health, Safety & Prevention , to join our team About the Role: The Advisor, Health, Safety, and Prevention participates as a key member of the Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) Health, Safety, and Prevention team and provides advice, guidance, and resources in the strategic planning, development, implementation, sustainability, evaluation, and continuous improvement of an integrated system-based approach for all Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programs and practices in IH.

In addition, the Advisor provides support, guidance, resources, and training to facilitate organizational compliance with legislated occupational health and safety requirements to protect and improve the quality of work life and healthcare in IH.

A key priority is working with key stakeholders and partners to build and sustain a systemic framework that links all aspects of patient, staff, and public safety into a comprehensive cultural vision aligned with the strategic directions of the Health Authority.

This is a permanent full time position.

Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00.

The successful applicant will support all areas within the Thompson, Cariboo and Shuswap regions.

Travel to these regions will be a requirement.

Some Key Duties may include:
• Provides guidance and leadership to assigned HR Operations personnel, teams, and leadership by interpreting applicable legislation, supporting the implementation and sustainability of the Health and Safety Management System, and other related organizational targets.

• Develops positive working relationships and partnerships with key internal (e.g., Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees) and external (e.g., WorkSafeBC, provincial unions) stakeholders to garner collaboration, involvement, and support towards the development of an overall systemic approach to OHS for those who work within IH and those who access our services.

o Serves as an advisor to key partners who are change sponsors within the organizations and/ or their respective sites, to action the organization-strategic priorities related to health and safety.

• Uses a health and safety management system framework to guide IH into adopting a systemic approach to building a culture of health and safety that extends beyond regulatory compliance.

• Provides guidance and advice to members of the organization with respect to their roles and responsibilities in the internal responsibility system (i.e.

the BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act).

• Consults with HR Business Partners (HRBPs) to support Leaders and Managers in providing feedback on their operational plans to maintain alignment with the organization’s health and safety strategic priorities consistent with the philosophy, goals, and objectives of IH.

• In the context of the Health and Safety Management System (HSMS), provides guidance to the organization for meeting and exceeding regulatory compliance: o Provides support and guidance to leadership, management, HR, and appropriate site personnel during site-based implementation of OHS programs.

o Participates in the development of regional policies and procedures relating to OHS issues by interpreting WorkSafeBC (WSBC) and other legislated requirements, researching current literature, analyzing statistics, collaborating with other centres of expertise, and drafting policy for review by the Manager and Director, WH&S.

o Develops tools, guidelines, and training resources to support site
– and department-based implementation of regional and corporate OHS program policies and procedures.

o Develops and provides reports as requested.

• Provides technical advice and guidance to HRBPs and, where required, Managers on interpretation of regulations, application of safety procedures and standards of practice, appropriate intervention, and/or preventative measures.

• Provides guidance and advice to the organizations (inclusive of all levels of leadership and staff) and Human Resources (HR) Operations by interpreting applicable WSBC legislation and makes recommendations for meeting or exceeding compliance and reduction of risk.

• Monitors and/or audits work site inspection reports to identify trends and provides appropriate recommendations to HRBPs and management to correct unsafe and hazardous conditions and/or processes.

• Supports HRBPs and site leadership with: o Training requirements o WSBC inspections, directives, and orders.

o The development of quality Notice of Compliance responses.

o WSBC High Risk Strategy.

o Monitoring and tracking completion of compliance agreement action items.

• Participates and represents IH perspectives in provincial and/or organizational initiatives as assigned (e.g., provincial projects, research initiatives, and provincial and internal working groups or committees).

• Facilitates the bully and harassment process between the Workplace Health Call Centre and Managers.

• Provides, coordinates, supports, and monitors the provision of OHS training and education to workers, site leads, and/or Managers/supervisors.

• In collaboration with the HRBPs, supports the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSC) to full scope of regulatory requirements.

• In collaboration with the HRBPs, ensures the completion of hazard identifications and risk assessments (i.e.

Violence, Safe Patient Handling, etc.).

• Monitors, audits, and evaluates the effectiveness of OHS programs and reports findings to the organization as requested or required.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health: An attractive remuneration package in keeping with your qualifications and experience and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate.

In addition to a competitive wage, we offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada.

Make a difference.

Love your work Apply today We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor.

If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, send your question via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor.

• A Bachelor’s degree in a health-related and/or occupational health and safety discipline.

• Five to seven years of recent, related experience working in a healthcare environment, including adult education, classroom facilitation, project management, change management, quality improvement experience, and experience with large-scale organizational change efforts.

• Demonstrated knowledge related to prevention of violence in the workplace and safe patient handling
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.