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Advisor, Health, Safety & Prevention
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Competition #:01368392
Bargaining Unit:NON-CONTRACT
Close Date:FEBRUARY 20, 2020*

Position Summary

Do you have working knowledge of BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act? We are looking for an Advisor, Health, Safety & Prevention to join our hard working team!

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.


• 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.

Education, Training, and Experience
• 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.

Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of adult learning theories and methods.
• Effective facilitation and coaching skills.
• Working knowledge of BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.
• Ability to apply Health and Safety Management System concepts/systems approach.
• Knowledge of change management principles and methodologies.
• Familiarity with project management approaches, tools, and phases of the project lifecycle.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Team player and ability to work with and through others at all levels of the organization.
• Excellent active listening skills.
• Problem-solving and root cause identification skills.
• Strong analytic and decision-making abilities.
• Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
• A valid BC Driver’s license as local and provincial travel is required.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

* All postings with a closing date specified close at 11:59 pm PT