Interior Health is hiring an Advisor, Health, Safety & Prevention in Vernon BC!
What will you work on?
The Advisor, Health, Safety, and Prevention participates as a key member of the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and provides advice, guidance, and resources in the, development, implementation, sustainability, evaluation, and continuous improvement of an integrated system-based approach for all Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programs and practices in IH. In addition, the Advisor provides support, guidance, resources, and training to facilitate organizational compliance with legislated occupational health and safety requirements to protect and improve the quality of work life balance and healthcare in IH.
A key priority of the role is working with key partners to build and sustain a systemic framework that links all aspects of patient, staff, and public safety into a comprehensive cultural vision aligned with the strategic directions of the Health Authority.
Some key duties include:
• Provides guidance and support to assigned site leadership by interpreting applicable legislation, supporting the implementation and sustainability of the Health and Safety Management System, and other related organizational targets.
• Develops positive working relationships and partnerships with key internal (e.g., Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees) and external (e.g., WorkSafeBC,) partners to garner collaboration, involvement, and support towards the development of an overall systemic approach to OHS for those who work within IH and those who access our services.
• Uses a health and safety management system framework to guide IH into adopting a systemic approach to building a culture of physical and psychological health that extends beyond regulatory compliance.
• Provides guidance and advice to members of the organization with respect to their roles and responsibilities in the internal responsibility system (i.e. the BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act).
• Supports Leaders and Managers in providing feedback on their operational plans to maintain alignment with the organization’s health and safety strategic priorities consistent with the philosophy, goals, and objectives of IH.
• In the context of the Health and Safety Management System (HSMS), provides guidance to the organization for meeting and exceeding regulatory compliance by:
o Coaching and guiding leadership, management, human resources, and appropriate site personnel during site-based implementation of OHS programs and regulation requirements.
o Participates in the development of site policies and procedures relating to OHS issues by interpreting WorkSafeBC (WSBC) and other legislated requirements, researching current literature and analyzing statistics, Develops tools, guidelines, and training resources to support sites and department-based implementation of regional and corporate OHS program policies and procedures.
o Develops and provides reports as requested.
• Provides technical OHS advice and guidance to Managers on interpretation of regulations, application of safety procedures and standards of practice, appropriate intervention, and/or preventative measures.
• Monitors and/or audits worksite safety activities to identify trends and provides appropriate recommendations to management to correct unsafe and hazardous conditions and/or processes.
• Supports site leadership with:
o OHS Training requirements
o WSBC inspections, directives, and orders.
o The development of quality Notice of Compliance responses.
o WSBC High Risk Strategy.
o Monitoring and tracking completion of compliance agreement action items.
o Corporate annual OHS program requirements
• Provides, coordinates, supports, and monitors the provision of OHS training and education to workers, site leads, and/or Managers/supervisors.
• Supports the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees (JOHSC) to full scope of regulatory requirements.
• Ensures the completion of hazard identifications and risk assessments (i.e. Violence, Safe Patient Handling, First Aid, Biological etc.).
• Monitors, audits, and evaluates the effectiveness of OHS programs and reports findings to WHS Leadership
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
How will you create an impact?
The advisor will bring their Occupation Health and Safety experience and education to support a positive impact to their sites and departments on how to prevent both physical and psychological injuries.
How will we help you grow?
If you are looking for positive challenges and growth with a large organization, this position is for you! As an advisor for workplace health and safety you will touch on a wide range of Occupation Health and Safety regulations. We also offer internal education opportunities to help with your growth.
Who are we looking for?
We are seeking an Advisor who is flexible to work in a structured and unstructured environment and are able to travel to work sites. The successful applicant will be the front facing support of the workplace health and safety team.
Make a difference, love your job, apply today!
Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).
Education, Training, and Experience
• A Bachelor’s degree in a health-related and/or occupational health and safety discipline.
• Five to seven years of recent, related experience working in a healthcare environment, including, change management, quality improvement experience, and experience with large-scale organizational change efforts.
• Demonstrated knowledge related to prevention of violence in the workplace and ergonomics
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Skills and Abilities
• Working knowledge of BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.
• Ability to apply Health and Safety Management System concepts/systems approach.
• Knowledge of change management principles and methodologies.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Team player and ability to work with and through others at all levels of the organization.
• Excellent active listening skills.
• Problem-solving and root cause identification skills.
• Strong analytic and decision-making abilities.
• Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
• A valid BC Driver’s license as local and provincial travel is required.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
• Intermediate knowledge with Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and Power Point
Starting salary is approximately from $67,864 to $97,555 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.