Safety Specialist

University of Saskatchewan

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USask’s Safety Resources is seeking a Safety Specialist to administer health and safety programming and consultation services. In addition to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) operations such as safety management system implementation, occupational hygiene, construction and trades safety, and contractor safety, we provide the opportunity for involvement with unique technical programs in laboratory safety, safety programming for veterinary and health sciences, research safety programming, and environmental and hazardous waste management.  

Health/Dental/Vision: comprehensive and 100% employer paid benefits including flexible spending benefit and sick leave.

Pension: DBplus pension plan offers a predictable, lifetime income in retirement with inflation protection and survivor benefits that removes the need to worry about investments and the market.

Veterinary Discount: discounted veterinary services performed at the Veterinary Medical Centre, including pet food, lab fees, and prescription drugs.

Growth and Development: opportunity to participate in unique areas of OHS.

Flexible and Balanced Work Environment: opportunity to adapt work location and schedule to enhance your work-life balance; highly regarded vacation and personal time allowance including additional days of USask Christmas closure. 

Primary Purpose:

The Safety Specialist supports the occupational health and local safety committees’ operations, supports the emergency management program including emergency response plan maintenance, coordinates and completes ergonomic assessments, and assists with the implementation of safety management systems including hazard assessments, inspections, and standard operating procedures. The Safety Specialist coordinates the departmental file and data retention plan including training records management, administers the Safety Resources web presence and SharePoint site, administers all safety training courses, and may assist with the WCB/incident management process. The Safety Specialist assists with research safety programs including Transport of Dangerous Goods, WHMIS, chemical inventories, and organizing the annual eyewash, safety shower, and fumehood inspections.


Nature of Work:

Reporting to the Manager, Safety Resources and collaborating closely with the Lead, Safety Programs, this position works in response to the needs of the campus community, departmental programs, and compliance requirements. The Safety Specialist addresses OHS issues and concerns, responds to technical queries, promotes best practices, works with stakeholders to meet applicable legislative requirements, and leads by example. 

Typical Duties

  • Provides technical expertise and accurate and timely advice to the university community in support of best practices and regulatory compliance for health, safety, emergency preparedness, research safety, and environmental concerns.
  • Provides support of safety management and regulatory compliance program objectives, projects, and initiatives.
  • Supports the development of locally appropriate procedures and processes.
  • Supports campus safety committees to facilitate their mandate, initiatives, and effective operation.
  • Participates in inspections to support department programs and to help ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Promotes compliance with health, safety, emergency preparedness, and environmental standards, requirements, work practices, and procedures as prescribed by the university and pursuant to applicable legislation.
  • Organizes and conducts annual fume hood testing, administers records, and reports deficiencies.
  • Organizes and conducts annual eyewash and safety shower inspections, administers records and reports any deficiencies; provides related reports, as required.
  • Conducts monthly inspections of Automated External Defibrillators on campus; conducts regular maintenance; maintains records and unit billing.
  • Supports the Hearing Loss Prevention Program including scheduling and records management.
  • Supports the Ergonomics Program processes and conducts ergonomic consultations as required.
  • Facilitates and leads drills, including fire drills; maintains and communicates related schedules, evaluations and records.
  • Supports the maintenance of campus building Emergency Response Plans; maintains records.
  • Other assigned duties.


Education and Experience:

Relevant education in OH&S or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.  

Work experience related to health, safety, and environmental protection and operating effective and engaged committees. 

Professional credentials in occupational health and safety are an asset. Health and Safety Administrator (NHSA/HSA) designation/certification is appreciated but not required. 


Skills:

  • Working knowledge of occupational health, safety, and emergency preparedness practices and processes.
  • Understanding of health, safety, and environmental legislation, regulations, codes and standards and their interpretation and application.
  • Demonstrated ability to build productive working relationships.
  • Proficient communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Effective planning and organizational skills including managing competing priorities.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient computer skills.


Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Jeff Lindsay at 306-966-8495.

Department: Safety Resources

Status:
Permanent

Employment Group:
CUPE 1975 – Restricted

Shift:
Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30

Full Time Equivalent (FTE):
1

Salary:
The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $28.44 – 37.23 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Family (if applicable):
Applied Scientific Services

Salary Phase/Band:
Phase 5

Posted Date:
11/16/2022

Closing Date:
1/4/2023

Number of Openings:
1
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace Guidelines

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at: https://careers.usask.ca/tips-for-applying.php

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Yes
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Please review the University of Saskatchewan’s health and safety requirements for faculty, staff andstudents in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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