Health and Safety Specialist

Sleeman Breweries - Vernon, BC (30+ days ago)

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Since its reopening in 1988, Sleeman Breweries has grown to become the third-largest brewer in Canada. Formed by merging three of Canada's best craft breweries and acquired in 2006 by Sapporo Breweries, we've built an incredible portfolio of beer brands in Canada; great Canadian brands such as Sleeman, Okanagan Spring, Unibroue and Wild Rose, combined with world-class beers such as Sapporo, Old Milwaukee and Pabst Blue Ribbon. After all, we believe Canadians deserve better beer.

Health and Safety Specialist

Vernon, British Columbia

Individual Contributor

Reporting to the National Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety the Health and Safety Specialist will lead the execution of a regional health and safety program and support and promote Sleeman's internal responsibility system including all associated facilitation, training and communication. They will work with all areas of the organization to support related continuous improvement initiatives and the development and implementation of efficient and effective health and safety process controls. This position will be based out of our Okanagan Springs Brewery in Vernon, BC.


Act as primary contact for government inspectors (WorkSafeBC/TDG/CNSC) during critical incidences and government inspections. Support and advise management on associated orders and required actions
Act as occupational health and safety (OHS) subject matter expert. Train, advise, coach, and mentor management with respect to their roles and responsibilities in OHS
Actively partner with the management team in the establishment of the health and safety strategic direction for assigned region, including identification of development needs and alignment of regional OHS programs and systems to achieve business results
Lead the annual safety system audit. Prepare and report on findings to management. Develop associated action plans for the region. Monitor progress and provide regular updates to management
Identify practical solutions to complex and diverse OHS issues and recommend appropriate action plans
Lead the regional development and implementation of the National Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and its related regional and site specific safety programs
Monitor developments in OHS legislation to assess business impact and response; anticipate and develop related regional strategies and programs
Guide management and participate in resolutions to safety concerns and refusal of unsafe work
Provide input to the annual budget process for security, training, safety and capital planning. Monitor general factory safety, security, training, and capital budgets to ensure spending remains within established parameters and follow-up to explain variances
Adhere to legislation such as the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act.
Support and train management and/or conduct departmental hazard identification and risk assessment processes and document and maintain data in Risk Registry (e.g. annual or ad-hoc reviews)
Maintain adherence to quality and food safety standards, risk prevention, food security and protection programs
Review/lead incident investigations for quality and effectiveness of proposed action plans; train staff in investigation techniques and provide recommendations for follow-up, as required. Forward incident investigations to government inspectors (WorkSafeBC) when required.
Lead development and support execution of workplace inspection and follow-up processes.
Develop and implement regional emergency preparedness plans, lead associated site specific drills, and support national crisis management processes, as required
Develop various communication tools for safety programs (e.g., Tool Box Talks, Supervisors Newsletters, Sleeman TV) as required
Develop and continuously improve compliance training programs and ensure training records are tracked and maintained (e.g., forklift operator certification, first aid attendant certification). Schedule recertifications, book courses and create job postings as required
Develop and/or implement performance metrics for program and prepare and present weekly, monthly, and semi-annual reports to management team
Manage regional workplace injury claims and Return to Work (RTW) processes including preparing and submitting all related government required documentation; maintain regular communication with medical professionals, injured employee, and management; appeal claims decisions and work with various workers’ compensation representatives to resolve claim related issues. Work collaboratively with management to create and monitor RTW plans, track progress and update management and workers’ compensation representatives.
Work collaboratively with National Disability Manager to create and monitor RTW plans, track progress and update management and workers’ compensation representatives.
Manage various health and safety related contracts (e.g. external training services) and ensure services meet agreed upon terms, support/provide input to contract negotiation, as required. Oversee associated contractors to ensure safe work practices and adherence to company safety policies and practices
Lead and/or support various health and safety related projects (including capital), as required. Supervise associated contractors to ensure safe work practices and adherence to company safety policies and practices
Oversee contractor program Service Provider Exemptions and Red Flag Overrides: monitor third party contractor compliance company and metrics
Lead regional health and safety related committees (e.g. JHSC, RARC, Ergo)
Coordinate, develop and deliver health and safety training and education including conducting initial new hire orientations (specifically WHMIS training) and conducting training in targeted program areas (e.g., confined space, lockout, etc.) as required
Oversee regional employee safety eyewear, safety footwear, medic alert, and custom hearing protection PPE programs and recommend efficiencies, where applicable
Identify, support and participate in continuous improvement initiatives, as required
Oversee security systems and processes for region (i.e., fulfill responsibilities as identified); support compliance with C-TPAT requirements
Perform other related duties as required


Post-secondary education in occupational health and safety or related field
Minimum 5 years of health and safety experience in a manufacturing and distribution environment
CRSP designation or working towards required
Experience dealing with government bodies, (e.g., WorkSafeBC, WCAT, TDG, CNSC, Employers Advisors)
Mechanical aptitude considered an asset
Comprehensive knowledge of OHS legislation combined with training in hazard recognition, assessment and control
Facilitation skills with ability to develop and deliver effective adult learning and to facilitate staff training.
Experience working in a unionized environment considered an asset
Experience working in a food and beverage industry considered an asset
Computer skills with ability to use software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Strong attention to detail
Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
Coaching and leadership skills to support the development of management and employees in their roles
Ability to build strong working relationships both internal and external to the organization
Ability to remain calm and focussed in emergency situations
Acceptable criminal record check
Ability to demonstrate behaviours that support organizational values

Working Conditions

Perform work in a production environment approximately 30% of the time
Travel required approximately 15%-20% of the time
Required to wear proper personal protective equipment to mitigate hazards associated with production environment

We thank all candidates for their interest however only those selected to proceed will be contacted.