Senior Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Inspector
Senior Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Inspector
Position Reference #: 52222
Our hiring client, Workplace Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is a Crown Corporation of the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, directed by a Governance Council. The WSCC promotes safe workplaces through education and prevention and cares for injured workers through a system of no-fault compensation.
Job Title: Senior Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Inspector
Employment Type: Full-Time/Permanent
This position is senior level with a very attractive salary and benefits including:
- Defined pension plan
- Full extended health & dental benefits
- 3-4 weeks of vacation
- And more
The Senior OHS Inspector (Sr. Inspector) directly contributes to the WSCC’s vision, mission and values by promoting education, awareness, compliance, and enforcement of worker Health and Safety in the NT and NU. This position is a legislated requirement and has specific legislative duties and authorities under the Northwest Territories (NT) and Nunavut (NU) Safety Acts, Mine Health & Safety Act, the Explosives Use Act, and their associated Regulations.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities Specific duties and responsibilities include
1. Administers and enforces the NU and NT Acts and Regulations
- Conducts worksite inspections, makes assessments, reviews, and evaluates Occupational Health and Safety Programs.
- Leads and directs education and awareness for compliance requirements to promote the internal responsibility system and when required enforcement of the Acts and Regulations.
- Plans to conduct and follow up on worksite inspections to ensure adherence to the Acts & Regs, and issues directions for employers for non-compliance to the Acts or Regulations.
- Leads and directs investigations of worksite incidents of a serious nature (including fatalities), and dangerous occurrences liaise with other agencies as required (i.e. RCMP, Coroner, Federal Inspector), and makes recommendations to the Chief for enforcement strategy including prosecution.
- Uses communication, diplomacy skills, and knowledge to coach or guide employers and workers toward improving their Internal Responsibility System (IRS) ensuring that best practices are being followed. The Inspector must take action to protect workers using his/her regulatory authorities when the IRS is not working.
- Investigates and uses professional judgment to issue written directions to employers and document notice-of-danger at worksites, and rules on right to refuse work cases in accordance with the legislation.
- Evaluates OHS tools and methods and make recommendations for modification to existing assessment tools to ensure appropriate use in different industrial sectors.
- Provides information, and interpretation on OHS best practices, and legislation.
- Makes enforcement decisions, prepares reports, and provides interpretation related to the Acts and Regulations.
- Provides legislation direction for the implementation of corrective measures to ensure compliance with the legislation.
- Acts as a subject matter expert in the review and development of Codes of Practice.
- Performs on-call duties as scheduled and responds to emergencies as directed by the Chief.
2. Provides technical Assistance
- Monitors investigative skills and provides guidance and leadership of the process;
- Leads or oversees project teams identify, develop and educate stakeholders on the implementation of best practices to reduce the frequency of worksite incidents and injuries.
- Consults with OHS Inspectors on the interpretation of the Act and Regulations to help prepare directions.
- Assists in the mentoring and development of Jr. OHS Inspectors.
3. Consultation and Collaboration
- Delivers standard and customized OHS awareness presentations to employers and workers.
- Evaluates OHS education and training programs that address individual workplace health & safety issues.
- Liaises with education institutions, community organizations, non-profits, and nationally, to establish and promote effective relationships; develop skills in outreach, community networking, workshop planning, and facilitation.
- Identifies emerging trends in workplace health and safety issues and uses this information to recommend WSCC Awareness programs.
- Assists with and actively participates in a variety of activities to promote the WSCC’s mission, vision, values, and safety culture.
- Travels to communities, remote mines, and worksites to conduct inspections, provide consultation reviews, and education to employers and JOSH committee members.
- Travels to communities and participates in development activities in a variety of events, such as trade shows, community events, and education awareness workshops. ∙ Assists in the coordination of the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) activities during NAOSH week, Skills Canada, and Mine Rescue activities.
- Leads by example by working safely and reporting any unsafe work conditions to the Supervisor.
- Assists other WSCC divisions in proactively promoting cooperation in matters of occupational health and safety
- Exchanges information and client profiling with staff in other WSCC units as required.
- Represents the WSCC on industry associations and stakeholder panels and liaises with other government authorities and inter-jurisdictional agencies. ∙ Direct and liaise with educational institutions, community organizations, non-profit organizations, employers, associations, unions, and other bodies both territorially and nationally, to establish and promote effective relationships. ∙ Identify emerging trends to workplace health and safety issues, and uses this information to assist employers in updating their Safety Management Systems (SMS) for the implementation of their Internal Responsibility System (IRS).
- Promote the establishment of leading indicators for the reduction of injury frequency and severity
To be considered for this role, the “Senior Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Inspector” must have the following qualification:
- Must have CRSP Designation
- Undergraduate degree/diploma/certificate in a related discipline (Engineering, OHS, Environment).
- Demonstrated knowledge of Safety Acts and Regulations, industry standards, and other related acts, codes, and regulations;
- Demonstrated knowledge of investigation principles and procedures;
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of safety management systems; audit and inspections processes; and a general understanding in a variety of health and safety areas such as workplace inspections, OH&S committees, personal protective equipment, and emergency measures;
- Experience in a variety of industry sectors (i.e. processing industries, mechanical workshops, health care, trucking, construction, retail, and municipal operations)
- Experience conducting investigations (Fatality and Dangerous Occurrences);
- Experience implementing safety programs, particularly to adult and/or ESL learners;
- Experience developing, delivering, and evaluating curriculum related to safety;
- Experience researching, analyzing, and explaining safe work practices;
- Experience working both independently and in a team environment;
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
- Excellent computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software);
- Diplomacy and negotiation skills.
- Ability to function well in a multi-cultural environment
How to apply?
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