Interior Health is hiring a Permanent Full Time Occupational Health Nurse and Safety Advisor to join the Workplace Health & Safety team.
About this 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.
Some Typical Duties and Responsibilities Include:
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 partners during the implementation, sustainment, and improvement of OHS programs.
Some Benefits of Joining Interior Health:
An attractive remuneration package and excellent career prospects await the right candidate. We offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we also offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive defined employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.
Interior Health strives to create an environment where you enjoy the work you do, the place where you work, and the people around you. Together, we create great workplaces. 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 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.
Salary range for the position is approximately from $67,864 to $97,555 and starting salary 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.