Occupational Safety Officer - Various Locations

January 22 2023
Expected expiry date: March 1 2023
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Clerical, Administrative Support, Other Health Professionals,
Cranbrook, BC | Fort St. John, BC | Kamloops, BC | Kelowna, BC | Prince George, BC | Port Moody, BC | Surrey, BC | Burnaby, BC | Victoria, BC | Courtenay, BC • Full time

At WorkSafeBC, our Prevention Services division is dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury, illness, disease, and death. We work with employers and workers to reduce risk and keep workplaces healthy and safe through education, consultation, and enforcement.

If you have a growing passion for Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and want to make a real positive impact in helping to ensure every worker in this province goes home safely at the end of the day, please read on. We're looking for passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated individuals to help us build safer and healthier workplaces across British Columbia!

As an Occupational Safety Officer (OSO) you will have at least 4+ years of direct hands-on progressive industry experience in one or two of the following industries, and were directly involved in workplace health and safety. Industries include: Agriculture, Asbestos, Construction, Fishing, Forestry, Coastal Falling, Health Care, Industrial Construction, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality, Trades and Utilities, and Transportation and Warehousing.

We have positions available in the following locations with specific focuses:

  • Burnaby -  Health Care
  • Courtenay - Fishing, Coastal Falling
  • Cranbrook - Construction, Forestry, Industrial Construction, Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality, Trades and Utilities, Transportation and Warehousing, Wood Products
  • Fort St. John – Forestry, Industrial Construction, Oil and Gas, and Wood Products
  • Kelowna - Manufacturing, Forestry, Wood Products, Trades and Utilities
  • Port Moody – Asbestos, Construction, Industrial Construction, Trades & Utilities
  • Prince George - Construction, Health Care, Forestry, Manufacturing, Trades and Utilities
  • Surrey - Agriculture, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality, Trades and Utilities, Transportation and Warehousing, Wood Products
  • Victoria – Construction, Health Care
  • Kamloops - Construction

We'll be reviewing applications weekly — don't wait, apply today for roles scheduled to start February 27, 2023. Please specify in your cover letter and/or application which location(s) you're applying to.

As an Occupational Safety Officer you will:

Partner with workers and employers from various industries to reduce risk and keep workplaces healthy and safe through education, consultation, and enforcement. You'll make a positive, tangible difference by:

  • Inspecting workplaces to ensure that a safe work environment is being maintained and work procedures reflect effective accident prevention practices
  • Ensuring that there are no potential health or safety hazards to workers, that workers and the employer have been apprised of their responsibilities, and that first aid services and equipment meet current criteria
  • Writing orders to ensure compliance with the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Regulation
  • Consulting with and educating employers, workers, and others on occupational health and safety matters
  • Partnering with industry to ensure the success of safety initiatives

Meet one of our Occupational Safety Officers to learn more about the job.

We're looking for people who can:

  • Apply their knowledge of workplace industrial processes, equipment, and technology to make workplaces safer
  • Use their interpersonal and communication skills to convey knowledge and gain compliance on complex health and safety issues and concerns within various work environments
  • Use their critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate unique workplace health and safety issues and identify effective mitigations and controls
  • Make and enforce timely decisions independently and objectively, using sound judgment and technical knowledge
  • Handle high pressure, and sometimes tense situations and emergencies with a high level of professionalism
  • Work variable hours, including Saturdays, be available for emergency call out after hours or weekends, and be willing to travel throughout the province
  • Demonstrate regular and punctual attendance

Your experience and educational background:

  • A minimum of 4 years relevant and progressive experience in one or two of the industries listed above where you've gained broad knowledge of the industry's processes, equipment, terminology, risks, and hazards. Roles held could include superintendent, health and safety representative, owner, foreman, tradesperson, equipment operator, health and safety coordinator, health and safety manager, or health & safety consultant AND
  • OHS Diploma, CRSP/CSP, technical/professional designation or diploma in a relevant discipline or equivalent combinations of education/experience related to OH&S in your specific industry will be considered
  • General knowledge of occupational health and safety as evidenced by education and/or experience in OH&S is a requirement

To see if you meet the requirements for this position before applying, please review our new Job Preview page where it will outline in more detail what we are looking for. There's also a self-assessment questionnaire you can fill out to see if this career path is the right fit for you.

Application Requirements:

Please submit your most up-to-date resume/cover letter and complete all mandatory application questions by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date of the competition in order to be reviewed. The application questionnaires help us understand your complete skills, knowledge, and experience related to the position you've applied to. If you submit a resume, but do not complete the application questionnaires, your application will show as "incomplete" and cannot be reviewed by our team.

If you require an accommodation in the assessment process, please email HR Testing Accommodation (SM) at the time you submit your application.

Who are we?

At WorkSafeBC, we're dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries and diseases occur, we provide compensation, and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We also work diligently to sustain our workers compensation system for today and future generations. We're honoured to serve the 2.4 million workers and 245,000 registered employers in our province.

WorkSafeBC's COVID-19 Employee Mandatory Vaccine Policy (the "Policy") is suspended effective January 9, 2023, however we reserve the right to re-implement it in response to changes in the public health landscape, including public health orders.  We are committed to the protection, health, and safety of our employees and our Communicable Disease Prevention Program and related protocols remain in effect.

We recognize that our ability to make a difference relies on building a team with a rich variety of skills, knowledge, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences, and which reflects the diversity of the people we serve. We are committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive work culture where everyone can contribute as their best, authentic self. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

What's it like to work at WorkSafeBC?

It's challenging, stimulating and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Every day, the work we do impacts people and changes lives. What we do is important and so are the people we do it for. It's no wonder we've been named one of BC's top employers for 5 consecutive years!

Our benefits

Being part of WorkSafeBC means being part of a strong, committed team of like-minded professionals but also having that work-life balance. Along with a competitive starting salary with regular increases, which will commensurate with experience, your total compensation package includes:

  • 3 weeks of vacation in the first year with regular increases based on years of service, and optional leave arrangements such as the Earned Time Off (ETO) program where you can generate an additional 13 flex days off annually
  • competitive benefits package (with no waiting period) and contributions towards an excellent (defined) government pension plan
  • car allowance or company vehicle, company cell phone & laptop
  • access to in-house training, yearly tuition reimbursement, career growth opportunities, and more!

As a member of our team, you'll have access to services and benefits that can help you get the most out of work — and life. Learn more about what we offer.

If you're the successful applicant, we'll be making a conditional offer contingent upon your clearing a criminal record check under the Criminal Records Review Act. At the time of offer, you'll need to provide consent for a criminal record check. Once we receive clearance, we'll confirm your offer of employment.

WorkSafeBC is an inclusive and accessible employer committed to employment equity objectives and invites applications from all qualified individuals. Only those under consideration will be contacted. If you're unsuccessful, please accept our appreciation for your interest.

This position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

Thank you, in advance, for applying.

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