Health & Safety Advisor

Municipal Corporation Waterloo Regional Municpality of Waterloo

Length:  Full-Time
Department/Division:  Human Resources & Citizen Service/Employee Relations
Hours of Work:  35 hours per week 
Union:  Management/Management Support
Grade:  I
Salary/Wage: $77,277.20 – $96,587.40 per annum (under review)
Location:  99 Regina Street S., Waterloo
Closing Date:  December 31, 2018

Description of Duties:

Provides health and safety advice to all levels of staff; develops, promotes, implements, and monitors safe and healthy work practices and corporate programs; and interprets and communicates organizational and regulatory requirements.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required: 
• Knowledge of occupational health and safety, normally acquired through a university degree or community college diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or a degree/diploma in a related field (e.g., Science, Engineering) with additional health and safety related courses/seminars; plus progressively responsible related experience.
• Certification or eligibility for certification in the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).  Ability to attain valid First Aid/CPR Certificate.
• Knowledge of/ability to follow Regional, departmental, and job-related policies and procedures, collective agreements, labour relations principles, case law, Employment Standards Act, health and safety-related regulations, codes, and standards (e.g., Electrical Code, Fire Code, CSA standards, practices pertinent to industrial and healthcare workplaces and construction projects); WSIB; and disability management. 
• Ability to monitor and interpret legislation and recommend changes to Regional policies and procedures to ensure compliance, and stay up-to-date on technological changes.
• Ability to analyse, interpret, and apply ergonomic principles, normally acquired through directly related experience.
• Knowledge, skill, and experience in the recognition, assessment, control and evaluation of hazards specific to the work environment.
• Human relations, facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution, persuasion, and presentation skills to engage, consult, advise, and guide all levels of staff; resolve safety issues in a sensitive environment; influence adherence to policy and regulations and behaviour change; conduct training programs; lead/chair committees; and participate as an effective team member.
• Mediation and coaching skills to interact with management and staff to resolve health and safety issues, and support resolution of labour relations issues relating to health and safety.
• Ability to read and interpret health and safety legislation, codes, standards, and practices; conduct research and understand scientific studies and other technical documents; translate technical information into lay terms so they are understood by technical and non-technical audiences; and justify/defend recommendations.
• Ability to write precise and detailed policies and procedures, advice, instructions, investigative reports, proposals, articles, and statistical analysis.
• Ability to train others; respond to inquiries from all levels of staff and committees; provide advice and instruction; and attend and participate in meetings and conferences.
• Computer skills using software such as MS Office.
• Ability to travel within and outside Waterloo Region.
• Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.

Please apply online, by the closing date Dec 31, 2018 quoting competition number 2018-2207, or drop off your resume to the Region of Waterloo, Information Desk located on the main floor at 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.

We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.

The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage qualified applicants to apply and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.

Alternate formats of this document are available upon request. Please contact the Service First Call Centre at phone number (519) 575-4400, TTY number (519-575-4608) to request an alternate format.

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The Regional Municipality of Waterloo,
Human Resources Department
150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor,
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3

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