Advisor Health and Safety

Via Rail - Montréal, QC (30+ days ago)

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As an integral member of the Wellness and Attendance Management Team for a temporary contract of 14 months, the Advisor, Health & Safety develops, implements, monitors, and evaluate programs that support occupational and psychological health and safety in the workplace as well as disability management. The Advisor will manage workplace injury and claims as part of the integrated approach of best practices, including, prevention, early intervention, recovery, absence and return to work.

The Advisor is responsible of the management of occupational injuries. The person will manage all Workers' Compensation claims for VIA Rail Canada; therefore, has an important knowledge of the regulation and various laws related to claim management across Canada. He ensures that decisions made in regards to workplace injury claim or with the different boards are in the best interest of the Corporation (promotes mediation when possible, evaluation of administrative fees, premium, etc.)

This person also facilitates the return to work for injured employees by collaborating with the employee, management, Workers Compensation Boards, Union Representatives, and other required stakeholders to affect an early, timely and safe return to work, reducing lost time, improving productivity and decreasing financial loss for the Corporation while ensuring compliance with legislation, and Corporation’s different policies.

Responsibilities :
  • Develops, implements and evaluates H&S programs in Business Units to recognize, eliminate, evaluate and control occupational health hazards factors arising in or from the workplace that may cause sickness, impaired health or well-being, or safety issues;
  • Provides support to Business Units utilizing root cause problem solving to prevent accident and health & Safety issues;
  • Coordinates the monitoring of workplace environments for H&S compliance issues and presents specific conclusions and recommendations to appropriate management groups;
  • Assists teams in educating employees on the Safety Management System, procedures, practices and precautions;
  • Provides assistance and guidance to management and union representatives on the incident management process including reporting, investigation and documentation;
  • Manage workplace injury claims across the system (dealing with 8 provinces and 8 different legislations);
  • Ensure Worker’s compensation files are activated and administered in a timely manner and that information provided is complete and accurate;
  • Liaises with external parties as required to verify and validate claims;
  • Manage medical claim by coordinating medical examination of the injured worker, contacting treating physician about worker’s limitation, organizing and providing private treatments when required, requesting the medical evaluation to CNESST (BEM), discussing action with our Chief Medical Officer;
  • Provides coaching to senior managers and managers on implementation of the claims management policy, procedures and practices;
  • Support management on other disability, early intervention, or attendance files;
  • Leads efforts with internal and external stakeholders (management, bargaining agents, WCB, ergonomists and other health specialists) to establish creative return-to-work solutions that facilitate employee reintegration in the workplace based on functional limitations and ensure timely and safe return to work;
  • Coordinates visits to the workplace, as well as the revision of work tasks with agencies for reintegration purposes.
  • Assess employee’s skills to manage return to work on a temporary assignment or on light duties;
  • Communicate and influence physicians and employees regarding successful return to work.
  • Provide assistance and guidance to management and union representatives on identification of hazards to employees and recommend measures of work to ensure accommodations are safe and productive;
  • Develop job search plans in order to find suitable accommodation into alternate positions;
  • Analyze and manage each claim to ensure they are legitimate;
  • Prepare VIA's position, exercising considerable judgement and tact, and coordinates information in preparation for the claims appeal process;
  • Support VIA’s lawyers or representative with all necessary information, attend the hearing and plead before the Tribunal, as required.
Requirements :
  • University degree in Industrial Hygiene or equivalent in Human Resources or Industrial Relations;
  • Formal education in disability management (eg NIDMAR, etc.);
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of the Workers’ Compensation legislation;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in return to work programs, claims management or an equivalent combination of education and experience in union environment.
  • Bilangual, french and english (mandatory)
Competencies :
  • Works collaboratively with members of various teams;
  • Acts as a resource for team member;
  • Direct and influence colleagues in the application of changes in his sector;
  • Draws from a range of work practices to implement solutions to complex problems in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrates good judgment and commitment to quality and efficiency;
  • Responds to concerns and shapes communication messages to address them;
  • Initiates open and frank discussions with internal and external partners;
  • Makes well-reasoned decisions after careful analysis using experience and judgment;
  • Takes a pro-active approach, anticipating and addressing issues before they arise;
  • Demonstrates judgement and commitment when making decisions with respect to business priorities;
  • Develops, Lead and Recommends best practices.
VIA Rail thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. VIA Rail is an employment-equity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. VIA Rail Canada is proud to be a military friendly employer.