Consultant, Health & Safety & Emergency Planning ECS

City of Toronto - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Please note, the salary reflects the 2018 rates.

Reporting to the Manager, Business Improvement & Standards, this position will provide consultation and guidance to the Engineering & Construction Services Division and will be leading the development, implementation and updating of the division’s Occupational Health & Safety Program, Business Continuity Plan and the Emergency Plan, including training, auditing and reporting requirements.

Major Responsibilities:
Provides consultation and guidance to managers, supervisors and staff on all OH&S matters on a day-to-day basis, including legislative compliance, industry best practices, hazard identification and assessment and safety procedures/talks development and implementation, including contractor management H&S issues.
Develops and implements detailed work plans and recommends policies and procedures regarding OH&S program specific requirements.
Deals with confidential and sensitive information affecting personnel, operations and resources.
Leads the development and regular updating of the Division’s OH&S Program. Responsible for the planning, implementing, advocating, promoting and monitoring of safety procedures, and for development, documentation and updating of the Division’s Health & Safety manual.
Conducts research into assigned areas ensuring that such research takes into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.
Develops, manages and is responsible for the timely and effective delivery of OH&S, emergency, and business continuity planning projects and program services to support business, Divisional and Corporate objectives, as well as Divisional strategies and issues assigned by the Manager and/or the Division’s senior management team.
Leads the planning, design and delivery of assigned projects related to OH&S, emergency and business continuity planning undertaken for the Division.
Applies sound project management methodologies, ensures effective teamwork, communication, high standards of work quality, organizational performance and continuous learning.
Conducts research in the area of OH&S and emergency and business continuity planning associated with engineering and construction, taking into consideration recent advances in the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other divisions and levels of government.
Establishes an effective and collaborative working relationship with the Division’s senior management team, managers and project managers, staff from other City Divisions and external stakeholders including contractors and engineering consultants.
Acts as a primary lead for authoritative governing agencies related to OH&S.
Liaises with staff across the Division, from other Divisions, and contractors on matters of Health & Safety.
Works in collaboration with Corporate Human Resources OH&S to lead the work place hazards assessments and inventory, and provides consultation on the assessment of work related hazards and the development of preventive actions.
Identifies the Division’s OH&S training needs by position and work area and in collaboration with Corporate Human Resources OH&S.
Leads the development of the Division’s OH&S training curriculum/strategy, to include the identification and scheduling of requisite training courses and refresher courses.
Maintains the Division’s OH&S staff training database, the issuance of staff notifications for training or refresher courses, and monitoring status by organizational unit. Prepares summary reports.
Secures internal and/or external training courses, seminars, guest speakers, and the development of workshops to support the implementation of the Divisions OH&S Program.
Acts as the Divisional liaison with Corporate Human Resources OH&S and the Ministry of Labour in regards to work place investigations and reporting requirements.
Provides guidance to ensure reporting compliance with the OH&S Act with work place accidents and injuries. Acts as a mentor/coach to help managers and supervisors to enhance their proficiency in managing daily health and safety activities by providing leadership, developing recommendations, implementing solutions, and ensuring quality in service delivery.
Leads work place OH&S evaluations and compliance reporting, including regular summaries highlighting the program of health and safety matters.
Leads the development and updating of the Divisions Emergency Plan and Business Continuity Plan in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Management, Transportation Services, Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management. Toronto Fire and Toronto Police.
Leads the development of site specific contingency system/emergency planning and business continuity procedures, and development of a protocol for consistent review, reporting and updating.
Develops and maintains documents such as emergency operating procedures and provides operational support functions for the Division’s Emergency Plan.
Represents the Division in the Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Management Working Group, and in the preparation of emergency planning training, exercises and public education material.
Drafts/develops reports, responses and presentations for the Manager and/or the Division’s senior management team related to the OH&S, emergency and business continuity planning within the Division.
Monitors and reports on compliance status, activities and performance of the Division in regards to health and safety; and emergency planning.
Maintains a continuous and thorough knowledge of current corporate and other Divisions’ issues and initiatives related to OH&S and emergency planning.
Ensures that the Manager and the Divisions senior management team are fully briefed on OH&S matters in a timely, accurate and comprehensive manner.
Participates on task forces, Corporate initiatives, committees, and project teams, etc., as a Divisional representative in support of and/or to lead the development of policies, program and procedures as related to the Divisional OH&S Program.

Key Qualifications:
Post-secondary degree or diploma in a Health or Safety discipline pertinent to the job function or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Considerable occupational health and safety compliance and emergency planning experience in a construction environment.
Experience in assessing compliance, development of audit reports and recommendations and action plans to achieve compliance with divisional Safety Procedures (SPs), City policies, programs, procedures and legislation.
Considerable experience with hazard analysis and the development and amendment of Safety Procedures.
Considerable experience in developing training and education programs for professional and technical staff.
Experience in initiating, leading and implementing proactive continuous improvement initiatives, and developing successful implementation strategies to achieve desired results within critical timeframes.
Excellent presentation and comprehensive report writing skills.
Ability to conduct research and analysis, to stay abreast of industry best practices and approaches, as well as manage and complete projects of various terms and complexities.
Ability to operate as a fully accountable program leader, identify needs, initiate, coordinate and manage the implementation of programs and solutions in response to divisional issues.
Ability to establish effective working relationships, promote and foster teamwork and influence and mobilize various stakeholders (including, internal and external staff, client divisions, outside agencies, councillors and their staff, and other orders of government) to achieve desired results.
Ability to provide day-to-day guidance and consultation to staff of various levels.
Leadership and results management skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.
Sound knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, associated regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines and other applicable statutes.
Knowledge of relevant employment legislation including Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code.
Knowledge of construction related operations.
Possession of a valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License and use of a personal vehicle for site visits.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.

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