Superintendent Safety Improvements
Superintendent Safety ImprovementsRequisition ID: 13599
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Main Purpose and Function
This is specialized occupational health and safety work in the Engineering Department of the City. They are responsible for ensuring compliance with OH&S Regulations and Standards, City Policies and Programs and Branch procedures relating to OH&S. They support the Branch in implementation, coordination, and review, promoting continuous improvement in these areas.
This positions main task is to manage the Sewer Safety Continuous Improvement Project designed to proactively identify opportunities for prevention and continuous improvement within the Branch. This includes completing assigned tasks from the safety matrix in a timely manner and ensuring other tasks on the Matrix are appropriately delegated and completed within the identified timeframe.
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
The Superintendent I reports to the Branch Manager of Sewer Operations. This position will maintain a strong collaborative relationship with OSSB (Operations Support and Safety Branch), Sewer Operations Management team and other internal staff.
- Regularly monitor and update the Safety Continuous Improvement Project.
- Support key stakeholders within the Sewer Operations Branch to complete their assigned tasks on the Safety Continuous Improvement Project.
- Liaise with the designated Branch OHS Superintendent in implementing changes to the Branch Safety Program.
- Support the Branch in OH&S regulatory compliance through ongoing review (audits, inspections)
- Provide recommendations at the departmental or corporate level to improve programs.
- Conduct or monitor completion of audits and inspections as required.
- Monitor and correct performance, relating to OH&S, of superintendents, supervisors and unionized staff liaising with the Branch Manager. This may include progressive discipline.
- When deemed necessary, halt all work being performed until a safety issue is resolved.
- Manage any Refusals of Unsafe Work per the WSBC OH&S Regulation and corporate procedures.
- Conduct occupational hygiene sampling, author reports with recommendations for corrective actions.
- Identify the need for and lead or update risk assessments.
- Identify the need for new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Safe Working Guidelines (SWG’s), write and/or update accordingly.
- Perform quality assurance checks on incident investigations completed by Operations Superintendents.
- Identify, assess and address OH&S issues as they are raised with management team, staff and safety committees.
- Develop and complete action plans relating to findings and corrective actions in inspections, audits, safety committee meetings, management meetings, and investigations.
- Disseminate OH&S information to Superintendents, Supervisors and staff: develop Safety Talk materials as needed.
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned
Education and Experience:
- Degree, Diploma or Certificate (combined with experience) in Occupational Health and/ Safety. Or, an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Three years of operations experience in Occupational Health and Safety is preferred.
- Experience working in the public sector operations or a unionized environment is an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Considerable regulatory knowledge and demonstrated practical application of occupational health and safety policies and programs in an operations environment.
- Knowledge of coaching, mentoring, WCB claims, and discipline management practices.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills including technical writing, facilitating meetings, giving presentations and the ability to influence and promote teamwork.
- Strong management and facilitation skills to plan and manage the health and safety programs, manage claims and investigations in the Branch.
- Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Ability to manage change and assist people with adapting to change at all levels of the Branch.
- Ability to compile, draft and maintain correspondence, spreadsheets, reports, presentations and minutes.
- Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks and changing priorities with tight time frames.
- Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
- A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License or higher and a satisfactory driving record
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300)
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: September, 2019
Position End Date: September, 2020
Application Close: July 17, 2019
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