The Health and Safety Officer is responsible for the implementation and ongoing administration of Wheatland County’s Occupational Health and Safety Program, and ensuring compliance by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), General Managers, managers / supervisors, employees, contractors, and volunteers, with the laws and regulations governing workplace health and safety.
Please submit resume (button below), or send to:
Human Resources (Marked confidential), Wheatland County
RR1 Hwy 1
Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1J6
Fax (403) 934-4889
or Email here
In accordance with Wheatland County’s Personnel Policy, the successful candidate will be required to submit to a Criminal Records Check, and must be legally entitled to work for any employer in Canada. Must have a valid Class 5 Alberta Drivers’ License.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Coordinate the development and continuous improvement of Wheatland County’s health, safety and risk management programs; collect data necessary to track the effectiveness and performance of the OH&S program.
Participate in the department business planning and budgeting process by monitoring the OH&S budget.
Ensure that Wheatland County’s occupational health and safety program meets both relevant legislation and Alberta Municipal Health & Safety Association (AMHSA) audit requirements (e.g., review all formal hazard assessments annually or as required; review all field assessment forms and ensure they are completed in a timely manner; perform site inspections, etc.).
Coordinate annual safety program audits including proactive support and coaching for management and employee groups.
Provide ongoing advice regarding the development and implementation of safe and healthy practices.
Ensure contractor operations carried out within their area of responsibility comply with County and government / regulatory safety requirements.
As an auditor, oversee the auditor program and provide assistance to internal and external auditors; as a qualified auditor, conduct internal and external audits.
Ensure the establishment of a Joint Worksite Health and Safety Committee; attend committee meetings on a monthly basis with chairmanship shared equally by co-chairs elected by the County and worker representatives; share health and safety trends, best practices, incident statistics, and new or emerging legislation at committee meetings.
Provide reports and statistics of industry trends and incidents to the CAO and leadership team.
Participate in the new employee onboarding / orientation process with other applicable team members; provide workplace health and safety orientations for all new employees, contractors and visitors.
Coordinate or instruct (where qualified) safety courses (e.g., First Aid, WHMIS, defensive driving, transportation of dangerous goods, fire extinguisher training, violence in the workplace, etc.) for County employees; maintain records in conjunction with Human Resources to ensure accurate reporting of course attendance and completion.
Organize the Wheatland County annual Safety Day.
Provide coaching and support to managers / supervisors regarding incident investigations; follow up on all incident reports to ensure root causes have been identified and the corrective or preventative action taken is appropriate; act as lead investigator in major incidents resulting in injury or property damage; follow up on all incident investigations and recommendations that will be reviewed with senior management.
Work with managers and employees to optimize WCB claims management; work together to provide opportunities for early return to work following occupational injury or illness.
When required, provide support to the Unsightly Committee regarding derelict or dangerous properties.
Update and maintain Wheatland County’s OH&S manual, OH&S policies, directives and OH&S program; ensure all employees / volunteers / contractors are informed of updates.
Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
Ensure own compliance with OH&S including attendance at safety meetings, being properly trained in OH&S related topics, and ensuring work is completed in a safe manner; ensure compliance of OH&S with employees, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and management.
Appropriately, and in a timely manner complete administrative tasks (e.g., personal timesheets; filing of reports and data), when required.
Relate to and communicate with co-workers, management, customers, external associations and agencies, service providers, and vendors sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly and courteously; respond to inquiries / requests for information or safety queries and complaints promptly and professionally; provide excellent customer service to both internal and external parties; use sound judgement and discretion when responding to inquiries regarding classified, confidential, and employee information.
Perform tasks, consistent with the position, including special projects / assignments, as may be required on an ad hoc basis.
High school graduation supplemented with post-secondary training or equivalent
Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation would be an asset
Possess or ability to obtain a Certified Peer Health and Safety Auditor certificate would be an asset
Possess current First Aid and CPR certifications
Minimum 3 years of OH&S experience, including investigations experience, with a thorough understanding of legislation pertaining to OH&S standards
Ability to advise corrective action and facilitate change to improve the health and safety culture of the workplace
Proficiency in computer programs including MS Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
Valid Class 5 Alberta drivers’ licence
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks
Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and cooperatively in a team environment