In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at VIHA; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
As a member of Wellness and Safety, the Safety Advisor provides leadership and guidance in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Wellness and Safety Programming; coordinates an authority-wide approach to the management of complex safety initiatives in compliance with WorkSafe BC Regulations focusing on injury prevention and the assessment of injury risks and develops recommendations for minimizing or eliminating such risks within the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).
As part of the leadership team, the Safety Advisor works collaboratively to promote a culture that ensures high standards of safety and fosters ownership of health and safety at every level within the organization. The Safety Advisor takes a lead role in the provision of safety services consistent with the mission, goals and values of VIHA.
Education, Training And Experience
A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in a related safety discipline and three (3) years' professional experience in an environment where knowledge, development, implementation and evaluation of Wellness and Safety has been applied.
Direct experience in a large multi-union healthcare environment is preferred.
Skills And Abilities
Professional accreditation (CRSP, CSP, CIH, ROH) or the ability to achieve these accreditations is desirable.
Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of Wellness and Safety Programs and relevant legislation
Demonstrated experience in establishing & managing the implementation of Wellness and Safety Programs
Comprehensive understanding of healthcare technology and work processes
Demonstrated ability to work under time constraints, with multiple priorities
Ability to interact with others effectively, often in highly charged emotional states
Superior investigative, analytical and creative problem-solving skills
Ability to develop, facilitate and evaluate educational programs
Ability to maintain confidences of personal health and safety matters
Ability to work independently using initiative and to make decisions guided by standards of practice, WorkSafe BC regulation and VIHA policies and procedures
Effective organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload effectively
Ability to work effectively within a team environment
Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats
Demonstrated ability to operate a PC utilizing MS Office software applications
Physical ability to carry out the position
Use of a personal vehicle to travel between multiple sites