Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and Trainer

Government of the Northwest Territories - Yellowknife, NT (30+ days ago)

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Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist and Trainer reports to the Territorial Manager, OHS, and is based in Yellowknife. The incumbent supports the efforts of senior management in two areas: to ensure that NTHSSA employees have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required to meet the NTHSSA’s OHS Program, and to support a healthy and safe workplace.

Consistent OHS training for all staff is key for the improvement of OHS culture across the NTHSSA. The OHS Specialist and Trainer is responsible for fostering positive working relationships throughout the six regions of the NTHSSA, consulting with other GNWT departments, similar agencies in other jurisdictions, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), Quality Risk Management (QRM) staff, and the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC). The incumbent also works closely with the OHS Nurse.

The OHS Specialist and Trainer will be expected to develop, deliver or source training identified by the Territorial Manager, OHS, which will include the following: Supervisor Safety Familiarization, Joint OHS Committees for Co-Chairs and Members, Performing Inspections, WSCC Reporting, Internal Reporting, Safe Lifting and Handling, Safe Accommodations, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Fit Testing, Site Specific Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and more. The position will also take into account the Hospital Insurance and Health and Social Services Professions Act, the Mental Health Act, the Public Health Act, the Medical Professions Act and Medical and Professional Staff Bylaws of the NTHSSA, the Nursing Profession Act, the Child and Family Services Act, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Health Information Act, and all other relevant legislation pertinent to the NTHSSA to develop effective training.

With direction from the Territorial Manager, OHS, the OHS Specialist and Trainer provides advice and support to management, the Joint OHS committees and the Advanced Safety Committees. When required, the incumbent will assist the Territorial Manager, OHS in reviewing health and safety legislation, policies, procedures, and industry best practices, to ensure that the NTHSSA's OHS Program remains current and in compliance with the NWT Safety Act and associated regulations.
Additional responsibilities include assisting Supervisors/Managers interpret OHS legislation, apply NTHSSA OHS program elements, and identify solutions to control hazards as well as mitigate risk at NTHSSA work sites.

The OHS Specialist and Trainer may supervise summer students, interns, casual staff and external contractors, as needed, and is required to provide leave coverage for other OHS related roles throughout the NTHSSA.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
Completion of a relevant degree (Business, Education, Health, etc.), and a minimum of three (3) years of related experience, preferably in a health and social services (HSS) environment.

Completion of, or involvement in a recognized Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) degree, diploma or certificate programs or the ability to apply for the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) designation or eligibility to attain would be an asset.

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Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106

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