Occupational Hygienist - Safety Advisor
Providence Health Care
Within the context of a patient and family-centered model of care, and in accordance with the Mission, Vision, Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care (PHC), promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.
Working within a strong team environment and reporting to the Manager, Safety, the Occupational Hygienist/Safety Advisor is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of occupational hygiene and heath and safety initiatives for the organization. Using an evidence based approach, acts as a resource and provides consultation, research, and educational support on occupational hygiene for the Occupational Health team, managers, and staff. Working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders, the Occupational Hygienist/Safety Advisor works to implement and improve organization-wide systems, programs, and services to ensure the health, safety and wellness needs of Providence Health Care (PHC) staff, volunteers and physicians are met.
Qualifications / Skills and Education
Master of Science degree in Occupational Hygiene or equivalent education plus three (3) to five (5) years' recent related experience (in healthcare environment preferred) including experience with maintenance and highly sophisticated technical equipment and air systems, asbestos abatement and construction projects and Radiation and/or Laser safety and demonstrated experience with WorkSafeBC issues and systems.
Registered member of appropriate professional organization (e.g. AIHA, ACGIH).
Eligible for registration as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) and Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Experience working within health care settings is considered an asset.
Current valid Class V BC Driver's License and unrestricted access to a personal vehicle for business related purposes.
Skills and Abilities
Working knowledge of BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.
Demonstrated ability to be collaborative, receptive and flexible.
Proven facilitation skills.
Ability to embraces innovation and change.
High level of written, oral and aural communication skills.
Proven ability as a practiced public speaker.
Ability to seek opportunities to partner on projects.
Ability to promote positive relationships.
Demonstrated familiarity with testing equipment (air quality, noise, light etc.)
Ability to use standard desktop computer systems, Internet, etc.
Ability to travel and work in a variety of locations.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develops, plans, delivers, facilitates, implements, evaluates and improves occupational hygiene and safety services that meet or exceed regulatory requirements (WorkSafeBC, City of Vancouver, and others as applicable).
Works cooperatively and collegially on teams and task forces with other members of staff to ensure that occupational hygiene and safety requirements are included in work processes and systems.
Interprets and provides advice on the application of WorkSafeBC regulations, CSA/ANSI standards of practice and other applicable local, provincial and federal regulations and standards, appropriate intervention and/or prevention measures.
In consultation with Manager and other staff, develops standards and guidelines for occupational hygiene and safety practices and activities for areas such as preventative maintenance, fall-arrest equipment, lockout, chemical spill control, electrical equipment failure, accident investigation, and workplace inspection.
Facilitates agreements and advises on decisions regarding process redesign, equipment purchase/maintenance, construction projects, chemical use, waste (biohazardous/chemical) use and/or disposal.
Conducts exposure monitoring to quantify exposures using statistical methods and modelling, prepares technical reports and other requirements. Determines effective measures to limit workers by advising on controls, which may include facility modifications, equipment purchases, changes in practice/training and/or protective equipment.
Develop cooperative and collaborative working relationships with external contacts including but not limited to: WorkSafeBC, City of Vancouver, Safety Professionals in Healthcare, Unions, Educational Facilities, Health and Safety Consultants.
Prevents the reoccurrence of injury by conducting worksite inspections and accident investigations. Monitors compliance with the PHC safety programs and provides reports and recommendations on (incidents, inspections, WSBC orders, etc.
Reviews and analyzes safety data and reports and achievement of indicators with PHC leaders and assists them to develop action plans to address those issues in collaboration with Joint OH&S Committee and other stakeholders.
Act as a resource for the provision of existing or specialized occupational health and safety programming to internal and external contacts. Participates in internal/external working groups or committees as required.
Develops training programs and instructional materials and delivers training using a variety of methods.
Develops communication strategies and promotional materials to enhance awareness and promote occupational hygiene and workplace safety issues and encourage employee engagement in new initiatives.
Represents PHC's interests in dealing with regulatory agencies such as WorkSafeBC and liaises with area specific WSBC officers.
Supports the local joint occupational Health and Safety committees, and assists them to fulfill their role as determined under the Workers Compensation Act and Regulations.
Participates in relevant research projects and the development of project proposals and submissions related to occupational hygiene issues.
Acts as Radiation Safety Officer or Laser Safety Officer as required.
Collaboration with SWITCH BC and the Ministry of Health on special projects and initiatives.
Performs other related duties as required.
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.