Safety Manager Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Safety Manager, or Occupational Health and Safety Manager, is employed by a firm, such as a construction company, to ensure their health and safety plans comply with industry standards and legislation. Their duties include monitoring health hazards in the workplace, advising staff on ways to minimize risks, and designing safety monitoring systems.

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Safety Manager duties and responsibilities

The responsibilities of a Safety Manager vary, depending on the industry. In general, a Safety Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies and standards, conducting audits and reviews of existing health and safety policies, advising employees on safety procedures, conducting training sessions, and addressing incidents and injuries. Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • Translating business strategies to comply with health and safety protocols
  • Providing leadership to employees and management on health and safety strategy
  • Determining that each department is following regulations
  • Writing reports and responding to inquiries and concerns
  • Staying up-to-date on relevant health and safety developments
  • Working with management to develop screening protocols
  • Conducting site visits and spot audits
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Example 1

Opportunity to Lead Our Health and Safety Program Company: W.P. Telectronics (WPT) Position: Safety Manager Location: Calgary, AB Company Overview: WPT has a unique and exciting opportunity as the Safety Manager of our growing company. Having doubled our business in the last four years we are looking for a highly capable person to help us take WPT to the next level. We are one of Western Canada's leading telecommunications contractors, servicing major clients such as Telus, Shaw, Bell, and many others. WPT is positioned to continue its significant growth as our partner clients undertake large scale capital projects to expand Canada's telecom infrastructure. Our reputation for industry-leading quality and efficiency has made us a long-standing contractor of choice. Our people truly are key to our success, so we work hard to attract, develop, and retain great team members. We invest in your development path – coaching, mentoring, and training continuously to help grow your capabilities, competencies, and confidence. As a member of our leadership team, you have a very influential and impactful seat at the strategic table. We work collaboratively and positively, and the decisions we make are based on merit, not hierarchy. Job Description: As the Safety Manager, you will be accountable for the administration of WPTs Health and Safety Program as well as the continuous improvement of the program. Primary duties will be as follows: o Annual review/update of WPT Health and Safety Manual o Execution and facilitation of Internal and External COR Audits o Coordination of Annual Safety Documentation Review o Coordination of our annual Fire Extinguisher Re-Certification o Facilitation of our Office and Field Safety Meetings o Completion of Office Inspections o Facilitation of Office Emergency Drills o Facilitation of JHSC meetings and Site Inspections o Updating Quarterly Safety Statistics o Completion of Site Safety Inspections o Maintaining our Client Safety Software o Development of SWPs/SJPs/FHAs o Maintaining PPE Stock o Coordination of Safety training o Completion of New Hire safety orientations o Incident Investigations Desired Attributes: · Self-starter with an ability to manage their time effectively and efficiently · Detail oriented, ability to multi-task and proven organizational skills · Team player that’s willing to go the extra mile · Critical thinker with the ability to troubleshoot problems and think on their feet · Proven proficiency with computers including the Microsoft Suite or programs · Willingness and ability to travel up to 50% of the time. Qualifications and Experience: · Valid Health and Safety Administrator (HSA) or National Construction Safety Office (NCSO) Certification · COR Auditor Certification Would be considered an Asset · 5+ years working in the construction industry. Telecommunications specific experience would be an asset. · Valid Class 5 Driver’s License Key info: · Job Type: Full-time · Compensation: $70,000 – 80,000 per year + Performance Bonus Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: $70,000.00-$80,000.00 per year Benefits: * Casual dress * Dental care * Disability insurance * Extended health care * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Day shift * Monday to Friday Experience: * Construction Safety Managers: 1 year (preferred) * Construction: 5 years (preferred) * Health and Safety Administrator (HSA) Certification (preferred) * National Construction Safety Office (NCSO) Certification (preferred) Willingness to travel: * 50% (preferred)

Example 2

Mitchell Installations Ltd is an industrial mechanical contractor looking for a safety professional to join our project team at the BC Hydro Site C project in Fort Saint John, BC. The position requires the candidate to posses the following: Is registered and in good standing with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (*CRSP*) Has at least eight years safety management experience on large complex projects Possesses a combination of education, qualifications and experience, including a good working knowledge of the Safety Regulations Has defined authority for ensuring the establishment and maintenance of the SSMP and for auditing and reporting on: (A) the implementation and performance of the Site Work in accordance with the SSMP; and (B) the Contractor’s compliance with applicable safety Laws, including the OHSR, and the Safety Regulations; and Is responsible for: (A) directing all aspects of the Contractor’s implementation and compliance with the SSMP, including oversight of all workplace safety auditing; (B) ensuring occupational health and safety and public safety issues are addressed and requirements are met in accordance with the Contract, the Safety Regulations, the OHSR and Good Industry Practice; (C) the Contractor’s implementation and compliance with the Public Safety Management Plans; (D) establishing and maintaining working relationships with WorkSafeBC; (E) taking a lead role in internal occupational health and safety reviews and audits; (F) liaising with BC Hydro’s Representative and acting as the single point representative for the Contractor on all matters relating to occupational health and safety and public safety; (G) preparing and submitting to Hydro’s Representative all safety reports, including public safety reports; and (H) managing all occupational health and safety and public safety issues associated with the Site Work on a day-to-day basis. Some job specific details and logistics are as follows: * Project is approximately 2 years long, site mobilization begins end of January/Early February 2022 * Work shifts are 10hr days, 14days at site, 7 days off. * Accommodation and food to be provided by the Site C camp * We will provide transport to site/camp (flights from nearest airport to Fort St John). * Wage/compensation is negotiable depending on capabilities and experience. * Time away from the project for holidays/other commitments is flexible to the extent possible by the project schedule. * Covid-19 vaccination is *Mandatory * If someone is willing to commit for the entire project this would be ideal but we would request a minimum 1 year commitment Contract length: 24 months Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract Salary: $70,290.00-$143,344.00 per year Additional pay: * Overtime pay Benefits: * Extended health care Schedule: * 10 hour shift Experience: * Safety Manager: 8 years (preferred) * Certified Safety Professional (CRSP) (preferred) Willingness to travel: * 75% (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 3

Lincoln Electric Company of Canada Limited continually seeks to be the undisputed world leader in the arc welding industry, as well as, manufacturing and supplying the finest quality welding and cutting products. The Company takes pride in placing emphasis upon being the industry’s lowest cost producer and providing applications expertise and solutions to all customers. In addition, Lincoln Electric is committed to the development of new and innovative technologies with value added products and services that respond to customer needs. Business Unit: The EHS Department is responsible for the company’s EHS Management Systems. The unit is also responsible for developing and implementing programs to maintain compliance with environmental and occupational health & safety legal and other requirements. Major Responsibilities: ·To report directly to Plant Manager on an ongoing basis and communicate all relevant matters pertaining to the business unit within the company. As well as, to communicate effectively with the department Managers with respect to clarity of direction, approval for decisions and execution of all . ·Maintain company activities to ensure compliance with legislated environmental & Safety requirements. ·Co-ordinate EHS reporting to Lincoln Canada Management, the Lincoln Electric Company and various levels of Canadian Government agencies. · Provide EHS guidance on the selection and installations of new processes of manufacturing equipment. ·Provide environmental guarantee on the Health and Safety Committee. ·Monitor company activities to ensure compliance with regard to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. ·Develop and implement programs and / or controls to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. ·Develop and implement a company Environmental Health and Safety program to ensure that every measure possible is taken to ensure the health and safety of all Lincoln Electric employees (Due Diligence). · Co-ordinate EHS training initiatives for all Lincoln Electric employees. · Ensure compliance with WHMIS legislative requirements. · Ensure compliance with Workplace Safety and Insurance Act legislative requirements. · Fulfill WSIB reporting requirements. · Perform accident / injury “case management”. · Investigate accidents. · Track accident frequency / severity / economic impact for the purpose of determining patterns and trouble areas. · Ensure compliance with First Aid regulations. · Track WSIB costs. · Disseminate information regarding health and safety issues. · Develop and maintain company “emergency plan”. · Lead as “management certified member” on the Joint Health and Safety Committee. · To fully abide and actively support Lincoln Electric’s Environmental Health & Safety policies, practices and procedures with respect to protecting the environment, the conservation of nature resources and the Health & Safety of all employees. · Take responsibility as a “Management Representative” for the ISO [phone number]/ ISO [phone number] · Provide support for the ISO 5001 system · To conduct any general duties, specific projects and as assigned, or required by the Director of Operations in a timely and professional manner. Position Requirements & Factors · Minimum Education Requirement: University Degree – 3 Year Program. · Minimum Experience & Training Requirement: More than 5 years Machines, Tools & Equipment: · Laptop Computer · Windows · Microsoft Office · SAP · Internet Explorer *Please note: * Applicants who receive an employment offer will be required to provide proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment. Lincoln Electric Company of Canada has a duty to accommodate those who are unable to get vaccinated due to religious, medical or other protected grounds. If you believe you have what we are looking for and you want to make your mark in the #1 Arc Welding Company, we look forward to hearing from you! Lincoln Electric Company of Canada is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, record of offences, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation or any other Prohibited Ground. Lincoln Electric Company of Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. By applying to this position you are confirming you possess either a Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. We appreciate your consideration for this once in a lifetime opportunity, however, only chosen applicants will be contacted. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Benefits: * Dental care * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site parking Schedule: * Monday to Friday

Example 4

*Job Statement: *The Food Safety & Quality Manager is responsible for ensuring the facility including food manufacturing plant, grounds and all manufacturing equipment are in compliance with internal & external regulations and legislative requirements for food safety which covers hygiene and quality. *Essential Functions: * * Provide hands-on departmental leadership and establish overall vision and direction for the Quality & Sanitation Department * Directly supervise employees; builds High Performance Teams, manages individual performance plans, organizes and executes work and leads teams to produce results; * Position is responsible for the pillars of hygiene, quality and food safety. * Update sanitation program (policies, SSOP, MSS including PIC/PEC, etc) and ensure validations are completed as per schedule * Responsible for cost leadership: contracts, budget and productivity targets * Collaborates with management and other Department heads for effective cleanings (routine verification and validations, etc) * Must be experienced with reporting metrics and data trends * Implement training program as part of building a stronger department * Proven change agent to execute significant improvements in maintaining assets and change-over time reductions and cleaning results while delivering on cost, safety, morale, skill capability, etc. * Direct activities of salary / hourly (company and agency) staff * In conjunction with the Food Safety Team, conduct periodic HACCP reviews * Must be self-starter, with strong bias for action and follow through with the ability to flex to occasionally work afternoon / nights to provide support to the Operations. * Report directly to the President *Requirements: * * BS/MS degree in Food Science Technology / Microbiology * Minimum 10 years’ total experience in the Dry Food / Bakery Fresh or Frozen Manufacturing (in progressive roles within food safety, regulatory, quality and sanitation) while building on education, training (GMP, Cleaning Chemicals, Pest Control, PCQI, etc) and experience in Canada; * Minimum 3-5 years’ of experience as a Manager of Food Safety team. * Tier 1 Food Manufacturing Experience is considered an asset (Nestle, Kraft, General Mills, Kellogg, etc.) * Preference will be given to those that have experience coaching / disciplining employees * The following will be considered an asset: lab experience, HACCP, Zoning, Internal Audits, Auditor, SQF Practioner, GFSI * Must be able to complete scheduling and may be required to directly manage shifts if needed * Confidence to challenge contractors, suppliers, etc. to provide exceptional delivery and low cost * Must be able to respond to emergency calls 24/7 * Entrepreneurial mindset and responsible to achieve Department and site KPIs * Proficient in software: MS Office, GMAIL, ADP, etc. * Represent company best interests with customers and Food Industry / Technical Regulatory (SQF) and Compliance Representatives (FDA, CFIA). * Must have a sense of urgency for uptime of assets to support Operations * Excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with organizational and leadership abilities * Perform additional duties as assigned *Physical Demands* * May be required to stand/sit/walk for long periods of time. * Will be required to engage in bending, stooping, squatting and ladder climbing. * Due to the environment, must be able to work in various weather and temperature conditions which include extreme heat, humidity and cold. Also, ability to work with cleaning chemicals and testing. *Health and Safety* * Conduct all Job Tasks in a Safe and Responsible manner. * Participate in all Health and Safety, GMP and HACCP training as required. * Report any accidents, incidents and unsafe/hazardous conditions. * Report any damages of property and machinery. * Ensure that you understand how and when to use the Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) that is located in your work area. Ensure you comply with OHSA, WSIB, MOL regulations and/or laws that govern “workers” in the workplace (covered during orientation – section 28 of the OHSA i.e. “Green Book”) and Comply with Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: From $85,000.00 per year Benefits: * Company pension * Dental care * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site parking * Vision care Schedule: * Day shift Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Experience: * quality assurance: 1 year (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 5

*ASTEC Industries / Breaker Technology Ltd. *is a leading Canadian manufacturer of high-quality rock breaking systems, hydraulic attachments, and underground mobile equipment for the mining, construction, and aggregate industries worldwide. Our company has been in business at the same location for over 60 years and we attribute our success to our people. Our parent company, Astec Industries, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq (ASTE). Our Core Values guide us in how we approach our work every day: Safety, Devotion, Integrity, Respect, and Innovation. These are the cornerstones of our longevity. *_We are considered best in class when it comes to providing and promoting a safe work environment for our team members. We have been recognized by our corporation as a leader in the areas of health, safety, and protection of the environment. If you are a health and safety professional that wants to work in an environment that truly puts health and safety at the forefront, come and join our team as: _* *Environmental, Health and Safety Manager* *_The preferred candidate will have: _* * Demonstrated commitment to promoting a safe working environment, * Post-secondary education in occupational health and safety, environmental or human resources, * Five plus years experience in leading health, safety, and environmental initiatives in a manufacturing environment, * Comprehensive knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, related standards, and legislation, * Previous experience in environmental compliance and programs, * A demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively within a team environment, * Strong computer skills using Microsoft office software, * Familiarity with Safety Management Software (Intelex) is an asset, * Knowledge of ISO [phone number]and [phone number]requirements. Previous training and experience in the audit process is an asset, * A valid driver’s license, * The ability to travel outside of Canada. *_The position responsibilities include: _* Provide leadership to strategically identify and implement Environmental, Health and Safety initiatives which includes setting standards, communication, training, evaluation, and continuous improvement * Conduct new hire / contractor orientation, * Co-chair the Joint Health and Safety Committee in promoting a safe work environment, * Identify and assess potential hazards, make recommendations, and follow up, * Ensures policies, procedures are in accordance with legislation and corporate guidance, * Monitor and promote safety incentive and recognition programs, * Manage, monitor, and update training records, * Lead the site to exceed corporate related safety targets and implement initiatives, * Maintain valid MSDS/SDS for hazardous materials, * Ensure the company is meeting ISO [phone number]and [phone number]requirements, * Lead and/or participate in ISO audit activities, * Represent Astec Thornbury at local and corporate-sponsored safety meetings, * Assist with HR activities related to return-to-work activities, safety training and development, *_BTI offers an excellent work environment that promotes teamwork and a positive work/life balance. Our company offers an excellent benefits package that includes: _* · Flexible work schedule, with paid Floater days, · Extended health care including prescriptions, physiotherapy, chiropractor, orthotics, and massage therapy, · Vision care and generous Dental benefits, · Employee Assistance Program (EAP), · Health Care Spending account, · AD&D, Life Insurance; Short and long term disability programs, · An excellent company paid Registered Retirement Savings Plan, · Paid safety equipment and safety incentive program, · Profit sharing, · Education Reimbursement program. *Our manufacturing facility is located in Thornbury, Ontario 22 kilometers west of Collingwood in the heart of the Georgian Triangle, Ontario’s premier 4 season resort area.* *We are an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise us of any accommodations that are needed. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.* _*Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.*_ Application deadline: 2022-02-04 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: $75,000.00-$80,000.00 per year COVID-19 considerations: Temperature checks, mandatory masks, contact tracing Ability to * Collingwood, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred) Application question(s): * Are you legally eligible to work in Canada? Work remotely: * No

What does a Safety Manager do?

A Safety Manager ensures a company’s health and safety policies are thorough, efficient, and compliant with local, regional, and industry guidelines and regulations. They review production and other activities, and work with employees to decrease risks. This position falls under human resources in most businesses.

Depending on the industry, a Safety Manager may run safety inspections in warehouses, train employees in safety protocol, review legislation, and create safety monitoring systems. The variety of responsibilities of the Safety Manager ultimately relies on the type of industry or work environment.

Safety Manager skills and qualifications

A successful Safety Manager candidate will have a strong understanding of the policies and procedures governing health and safety in your industry. They will need to be a problem-solver and critical-thinker, along with having management skill if they are required to also manage other people. Other relevant skills and qualifications include:

  • Understanding of relevant health and safety regulations and guidelines
  • Familiarity with terms and policies of your firm’s industry
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Good written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence strategy and collaborate with company leadership
  • Comfortable multi-tasking, working under pressure, and managing tight timelines
  • Technical writing skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications or similar software
  • Familiarity with project management and budgeting
  • First aid, CPR and any other relevant medical training

Safety Manager experience requirements

Depending on the level of seniority of the Safety Manager role, ideal candidates should have five to ten years of experience in health and safety. Candidates with experience conducting risk assessments, managing a team, teaching first aid, and ensuring legal compliance are ideal.

Safety Manager education and training requirements

In Canada, most job descriptions for Safety Manager include a requirement of education or training in health and safety, such as through a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) or Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification. Safety Managers are typically required to have a Bachelor’s degree in safety, health, or another related field. 

It may also be important to find a candidate with specific first aid or emergency response training, depending on the industry and the types of safety concerns the candidate will be managing. A strong candidate will also know federal laws, legislation, and other relevant guidelines for your industry. Other training may be required per province.

Safety Manager salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Safety Manager in Canada is $76,809 per year. It is important to note that salary is dependent on experience, location, and company.

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What qualities make a good Safety Manager?

Worker safety is of the utmost priority, and it is the responsibility of the Safety Manager to ensure your company provides safe working conditions. You need a Safety Manager who can keep a cool head in a crisis, and problem solve on their feet. Look for a person with demonstrated experience implementing policy and making decisions under pressure. 

What are the day-to-day duties of a Safety Manager?

A Safety Manager’s daily duties vary widely between industries. A typical day may include creating and reviewing safety plans, conducting site visits, recording health and safety incidents, documenting injuries, analyzing new developments in your industry, maintaining compliance, creating sustainable policies for environmental impact, and providing training to employees.

What makes a quality Safety Manager job description?

It is important when writing your job description for a Safety Manager, that you are clear on the level of experience you are looking for. Some Safety Manager positions can receive on-the-job training, but most require previous experience in health and safety and management. Be clear in your job description about the level of responsibility you expect your new hire to take on, and how much training you will offer.

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