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Environmental Health and Safety Officer

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 19, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $58,927 - $73,658 - Annual
Location Brantford, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Environmental Health and Safety Officer

Posting ID : 11647
Apply By : 3/27/2020
Position Title : Environmental Health and Safety Officer
Department : Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Director, Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Environmental Health and Safety Officer.

Reporting to the Director, SHERM, and in consultation with the Manager, EHS the EHS Officer is responsible for planning, developing and implementing of a broad spectrum of environment, health and safety systems and initiatives for the Brantford Campus and in some cases for the University at large. The EHS Officer will act as a resource to all Brantford departments by clarifying regulatory requirements, researching and communicating best practices. The position’s responsibilities will be very broad in nature in order to support the overall requirements of the campus.

The Officer oversees the university-wide workplace inspection and training programs in order to ensure compliance in these areas.

In collaboration with the Waterloo SHERM team, the Officer will work to develop and monitor programs which support the University’s and SHERM’s strategic commitments as they apply to the Brantford Campus.

Accountabilities :

Specific duties will include but are not limited to the following:

Program Development

    • Develops, reviews and manages local requirements (Brantford) of comprehensive university wide environmental, safety and risk management programs

Compliance (Regulatory and Internal)

    • Administers hazardous waste program in accordance with relevant provincial legislation
    • Maintains contractor documentation as required by the Contract Labour Policy
    • Communicates with the MOL, verbal and in writing, following critical injuries. Meets with MOL Inspectors following critical injuries
    • Communicates with the Brantford Fire Department for follow up completion of inspections

JHSC Support

    • Assists the JHSC members to follow up with various levels of supervision to ensure correction of unsafe conditions
    • Acts as liaison between the JHSC and managers regarding HandS issues as they relate to workplace inspections for the campus
    • Fulfills recording secretary role for JHSC

Staff or Faculty Threats

    • Responds to urgent situations and leads the safety planning for staff and faculty who may encounter, or be exposed to violence
    • Meet the stakeholders to resolve low/moderate risk workplace violence situations, as requested
    • Handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion

Risk Management

    • Assists in the development of Laurier’s risk management program
    • Provides support, education and training to build risk awareness within the Brantford campus

Organizational Safety Services

    • Responds to requests for workplace hazard evaluations and prepares reports and recommendations using professional judgment
    • Conducts investigations for employees and visitors
    • Works with various levels of supervision to ensure correction of unsafe conditions
    • Assists the SHERM specialists to develop and monitor programs which support the Brantford’s needs
    • Creates, writes and designs in consultation with the SHERM team promotional materials such as publications/posters/brochures with progressive design techniques in accordance with University graphic standards and overall marketing strategy, maintaining consistent design direction in order to enhance acceptance and impact at the Brantford campus
    • Provides advice to the Brantford community on work design and modification and performs ergonomic assessments

Workplace inspections (University Wide)

    • Leads the implementation and maintenance of the workplace inspection management software (Pervidi).
    • Works with software provider to customize audit software (forms, reports) to meet the needs of the university and the JHSCs at both campuses
    • Works with software provider with regards to trouble shooting issues, creation of new reports, and optimizing the database to increase its efficiency for both the software administrator and the portal user
    • Provides training to new JHSC Auxiliary Worker Members (AWM) regarding hazard identification and the use of the software. Provides necessary assistance to allow the completion of reports, as required by their position
    • Prepares standard reports detailing all outstanding safety hazards for all buildings listed under the JHSC Multi-Site agreement, and provides them to the JHSCs for follow-up
    • Oversees AWM inspections and guides Faculty/Department on the internal inspections
    • Completes inspections if AWMs are unable to under exceptional circumstances
    • Works with FAM, the JHSC, faculty and staff on ensuring space assignments are kept up to date within the inspection software
    • Works with the management to ensure that their areas are inspected and held accountable for completing their assigned inspections

Training (University Wide)

    • Oversees SHERM’s health and safety program (in-class and on-line)
    • Provides general HandS training to all employees and students, as applicable
    • Organizes and ensures workplace-specific training which focuses on the hazards and control measures for specific jobs is provided, on request of the supervisor
    • Converts all in-class courses to on-line using the training software and ensures that all training keep pace with legislative changes
    • Organizes departmental training sessions offered to the university community
    • Develops and implements the SHERM annual training plan
    • Coordinates SHERM training with the support of the SHERM Administrative Assistant
    • Ensures the training is advertised/posted on all the websites and ensures the course information, registration forms and links are correct and current with the support of the Administrative Assistant
    • Prepares educational materials/handouts for participants attending scheduled departmental sessions with the support of the SHERM Administrative Assistant
    • Assists CUPE Health and Safety Officer to conduct monthly health and safety presentations
Qualifications :
    • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related discipline plus two years experience in occupational health and safety discipline or related field
    • Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from a recognized institution
    • Designation as a certified registered safety professional is desirable
    • An extensive knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety legislation and regulations as well as all other related federal, provincial and regional laws
    • Detail-oriented with a strong working ability with computer applications and database software; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products
    • Excellent communication (written, oral and presentation) skills
    • Proven analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and respond effectively to a wide variety of environmental health and safety concerns are critical
    • Ability to interact and effectively communicate environmental, health and safety procedures to faculty, staff, and students
    • Organizational and time management skills
    • Experience in an academic research environment
Grade : EX-G
Salary : $58,927 – $73,658
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position.
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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