Health and Safety Coordinator
PWO Canada Inc - Kitchener, ON

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PURPOSE OF POSITION

The purpose of the Health and Safety Coordinator is to promote safety awareness, to identify
and control health and safety hazards, to improve current work processes, and to maintain and
annually review the company’s health and safety program.

NATURE AND SCOPE OF POSITION

The position is primarily responsible for promoting and maintaining the company’s health and safety program, assessing and improving work processes, and creating awareness of safe working practices. The position will be responsible for managing WSIB claims, individual Return to Work cases, and acting as a liaison between the company and external WSIB, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health contacts. The position may also be involved with conducting ergonomic assessments and physical demand analyses.

Internal contacts include personnel in the Tooling, Production, Maintenance, Shipping and Receiving, Quality, and Human Resources departments. External contacts include Workplace Safety and Insurance Board representatives, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health representatives. The incumbent is responsible for his/her own work and monitors the work of others in order to ensure safe working procedures. Decisions made by this position impact the department in the short and medium term.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Post-graduate Diploma or Degree in HR or an Occupational Health and Safety specialization program required. First Aid/CPR Certification required. CRSP designation preferred.

Knowledge and Skills: The incumbent must have a working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, as well as familiarity with relevant health and safety codes, standards and guidelines.

Communication Skills: The candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience working collaboratively with others.

Nature and Length of Experience: Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a Health and Safety role in manufacturing.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Manage the organization’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) programs and claims.
2. Maintain the company’s Early and Safe Return to Work Program, and correspond with injured and/or ill employees to follow up and create modified work programs.
3. Correspond with employees on short and long term disability.
4. Serve as the organization’s representative to the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
5. Review the company’s health and safety program annually.
6. Advise management and employees about company health and safety policies and procedures.
7. Conduct ergonomic workplace assessments in order to review and assess work processes to prevent injuries.
8. Perform monthly safety inspections and audits, and communicate findings.
9. Maintain emergency plans and conduct random practice evacuations.
10. Maintain company's MSDS documents.
11. Maintain confidentiality at all times and protect employee privacy.
12. Make recommendations to management for improvement of current work processes.
13. Assist shop floor managers and supervisors with preparing, filing and maintaining relevant documentation.
14. Comply with all company policies and procedures.
15. Responsible for working safely, complying with safety policies and procedures, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) required in the designated areas as per company policy.
16. Responsible for working safely and keeping a safe work area for themselves and fellow employees. Reporting any unsafe working conditions, practices, and work-related injuries immediately to his/her Supervisor or Manager.
17. Any other job-related duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Supervisor and Manager.


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