Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist - Surrey Police Service

Surrey Police Service


Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist

The Surrey Police Service (“SPS”) is bringing an era of modern and progressive policing to Surrey. We are a community-based policing service that is at the forefront of public safety. We are committed to meeting our city’s unique priorities and building a team that reflects the communities we serve. Help us build a new community-responsive police service that will support one of the fastest growing and diverse cities in Canada. Reporting to the Manager Human Resources, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist provides a wide range of OHS leadership and support to the SPS by researching, developing, administering, and sustaining safe work procedures, policies and programs for SPS sworn and civilian staff.  Your work will help SPS achieve occupational health and safety (OHS) excellence in alignment with our OHS policies and policing best practices. Working with a diverse group of stakeholders (both internal and external) you will support a workplace where every employee returns home safely at the end of the workday.
You are the first point of contact for SPS with WorkSafe BC regarding policy and operational matters related to OHS. Your work will align with the OHS efforts of the City of Surrey.

Employment Status
Exempt - Regular Full Time
As the OHS Specialist, your responsibilities include:

  • Support SPS in establishing required safety policies, programs, and procedures, including complying with WorkSafe BC standards and regulations. Document SPS’s safety programs, action plans, and priority lists.
  • Lead and/or assist in safety workplace inspections, investigations, and risk assessments. Identify areas of concern and make recommendations on safety issues. Implement safety action tracking system. Support the JHSC (Joint Health and Safety Committee). Ensure corrective actions are followed-up. Enter data for both WSBC and SPS safety inspections.
  • Develop, identify providers, coordinate, track, and update safety training. Work with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Inspectors, unions, WorkSafe BC, safety associations) to identify/implement safety training best practices.
  • Develop, identify providers, coordinate, track, and update protocols for designated hazards (e.g. hearing protection, respirators, WHMIS, etc.) safety training.
  • Coordinate the collection/reporting of safety data for SPS. Develop and maintain OHS databases and related analytical tools. Present data at JHSC meetings, staff meetings, and to the Executive Leadership Team with clear analysis and recommendations. Analyze incident trends to identify deficiencies, behavioural issues, and other opportunities for worksite improvements in health and safety.
  • Support the recording/management of OHS incidents, WSBC claims and OHS documentation to the Inspector Employee Services Section. Provide support to the Inspector on workers’ compensation claims.
  • Promote safety knowledge and cultivate a safety culture throughout SPS by communicating with all levels of the organization. Manage OHS content on the intranet. Raise employees’ awareness of safety risks through a variety of communication tools to reduce, avoid, and protect employees from hazards in the workplace.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current WorkSafe BC legislation affecting occupational health and safety at SPS and policing best practice in areas of accountability. Build a robust internal and external network of subject matter experts.
  • Develop, recommend, and implement plans, to achieve OHS goals.
  • Stay up-to-date on current literature regarding health and safety and police issues, and make recommendations for improvements in SPS health and safety practices.
  • Responsible for sustaining a diverse and inclusive workplace in keeping with SPS’s Human Rights and RWP policy and provincial law, including working effectively with other team members. 

 As a successful applicant, you meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a related field, or a Community College Diploma combined with additional work experience.
  • 5+ years of progressive OHS experience, preferably in a unionized public sector employer.
  • Post-degree accreditation is additional OHS training.
  • Eligibility for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation.
  • Training and experience working with the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to be self-directed and collaborative.
  • Ability to work under pressure while exercising tact and persuasiveness in dealing with complex issues and tight timelines.
  • Sound judgement while managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the relevant level of security clearance.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful Applicants must obtain and maintain the required level of Security Clearance.
  • Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

Our Values
Values of Honour, Integrity, Respect, Courage, Compassion and Inclusiveness guide how we serve our residents, engage with our community, and work with each other to keep our community safe. These values are the foundation of our commitment to deliver excellence in policing services to Surrey's citizens.
To view and apply please visit our website at www.surreypolice.ca/careers

This posting closes on October 5, 2021.

Organization: Surrey Police Service
Location: Surrey, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Occupational Health & Safety
Posted: September 14, 2021, 3:46 pm
Expires: October 5, 2021, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree
Job Experience: Experience an asset

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