Are you an excellent problem-solver with knowledge of Occupational Health Nursing and safety principles? Interior Health is seeking an Occupational Health Nurse and Safety Advisor to join our Workplace Health & Safety team.
The worksite location for this position is flexible anywhere within our beautiful Interior Health region so come love where you live, work and play.
About the role:
The Occupational Health Nurse and Safety Advisor is responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of employee health programs in Interior Health (IH). The OHN and Safety Advisor coordinates and/or delivers a variety of health promotion, injury, illness, and disease prevention services to IH employees in collaboration with Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) team members; IH departments; and external partners such as the Workplace Health Call Centre, WorkSafeBC (WSC), the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to support IH’s mission, vision, and strategic directives.
Hours of work are 08:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday. This is a permanent full time position.
Some duties of the position:
Implements and improves Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programs that address biological hazards for at risk employee groups. These programs include health assessments, monitoring, surveillance, and health teaching components in accordance with the Worker’s Compensation Act (WCA) and BC Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations, PHAC, and BCCDC recommendations.
• Maintains confidential health records for employees as per IH policy and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
• Conducts health assessments for biological exposures, providing information and arranging surveillance protocols (e.g., Tuberculosis [TB], Blood & Body Fluid [BBF], and communicable disease exposures).
• Coordinates Communicable Disease programs and engages site leadership in program implementation and support (e.g., annual influenza immunization campaign, BBF program, TB surveillance program, and immunization program).
• Conducts Communicable Disease audits and provides recommendations.
• Supports site leadership in the management of communicable disease outbreaks as directed by the Medical Health Officer, Public Health, Infection Control, and the Ministry of Health.
• Coordinates and supports surveillance and screening programs to comply with regulatory and contractual agreements (e.g., TB, Meningitis, and Hepatitis B immunization).
General Safety Duties Include:
• Uses project and change management principles to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain OHS program elements to strengthen a culture of health and safety in IH.
• Provides guidance to the organization for meeting or exceeding regulatory compliance by using a systems approach to health and safety.
• Participates in the development of OHS policies and procedures in accordance to the WCA, BC OHS Regulation, PHAC policies, and BCCDC.
• Develops tools, guidelines, and educational resources such as webinars and modules to support site/department implementation of OHS program policies and procedures.
Provides support and process consultation to leadership, management, HR, and other stakeholders during the implementation, sustainment, and improvement of OHS programs.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:
An attractive remuneration package in keeping with your qualifications and experience and excellent career prospects awaits the right candidate. In addition to a competitive wage, we offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada.
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Education, Training, and Experience
• A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a practicing member of the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM) in good standing.
• A current BCCDC Immunization certification.
• A minimum of three years of experience in nursing with preference given to a candidate with experience in Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety, Public Health, or Infection Control Nursing or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
• An Occupational Health Nurse Certificate OHN(C) is preferred.
Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated project management skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Occupational Health Nursing and safety principles.
• Ability to analyze and problem-solve.
• Demonstrated teaching skills utilizing adult education principles.
• Ability to communicate effectively utilizing a variety of communication tools.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Ability to work within an environment subject to continuously changing priorities.
• Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, implement, organize, and prioritize workload.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software applications.
• Working knowledge of applicable WCA and BC OHS Regulations, nursing practice, BCCDC, PHAC guidelines, and collective agreements.
• A valid BC driver’s license and the ability to travel when necessary.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Starting salary is approximately from 65K to 73K and will be based on education, training and experience
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.