Manager, Occupational Health and Safety

(Exempt – Temporary)
Effective immediately to April 29, 2022, subject to the return of the incumbent

Competition #:        137-COV-21
Closing Date:          December 6, 2021

Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the incumbent oversees the effective and efficient operation of the City’s health and safety programs, in accordance with recognized best practices and established legislation and contracts.  The incumbent also provides consultative services on health and safety issues (including OH&S, disability management, return to work, and accommodation), as well as comprehensive support, leadership, guidance, and advice to others, internal and external to the City.  This may require interpretation and judgement through knowledge of Occupation Health and Safety legislation. The incumbent is also responsible for the development of comprehensive and contemporary occupational health and safety management programs, which are compliant with applicable legislation.

The provision of expert advice (recommendation and solution focused delivery) to successfully navigate the complexity within a diverse environment is necessary. Coaching city staff through the process, while guiding consistent and predictable practices and fair and compliant processes is required.  The incumbent is also responsible for management and the provision of direction regarding WorkSafeBC claims administration, coordination, and appeals. Further, the incumbent negotiates with external service providers, as required, and represents the City on safety and disability matters with outside groups such as WorkSafeBC, Employer’s Forum, and British Columbia Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) (not inclusive). Development, implementation, and oversight of employee health and safety training is a necessary component of this position.

As a member of the Human Resource Division, the incumbent participates in the planning of HR programs, policies, and processes, and acts as a champion to these programs, policies, and processes when implementing them within the customer group. Participation on Occupational Health and Safety Committees, as an Employer Representative may be required.

The incumbent is a resource for the City’s Directors/Managers/Supervisors/Employees on matters related to the portfolio.

Duties Include:
Occupational Health and Safety

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction to the organization on employee health and safety
  • Manages the development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of the City’s Occupational Health and Safety Program(s) to ensure regulatory compliance with WCB Regulation (e.g., JOHSC, Safety Committees)
  • Manages the WorkSafeBC appeals, including review or appeal of a WorkSafeBC decision on claims and assessments (e.g., Review Division and/or Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) decision
  • Prepares written submissions for appeal and attends oral hearings or, when necessary, seeks advice from and/or lay advocates to handle the review and/or appeal
  • Issues “Stop Work Orders” where safety concerns exists and/or a situation is in clear violation of Regulation(s) and/or there is a potential for serious injury to staff and/or the public
  • Accident investigation and follow-up – for serious or potentially serious accidents, the incumbent is responsible for completing accident investigation by determining the immediate and route causes to accidents.  Follow-up required identifying actions that will have preventative focus and may prevent the accident from happening in the future

WorkSafeBC Policy and Regulation

  • Required to stay apprised of all new WorkSafeBC policy and regulations
  • Provides comment to WorkSafeBC Policy and Research Division on proposed changes to policy and regulations
  • Provides comments by written submission and by attendance and representation of the City at public hearings (e.g., Working Alone, Traffic Control)
  • Interprets, provides advice, guidance, and direction to Directors/Managers/Supervisors/Employees on WorkSafeBC and other related regulations, Acts, codes, and standards.  This includes, but is not limited to determination on how occupational health and safety Acts, codes, standards, regulations, and other legislation affect City operations and programs and assists divisions and departments with implementing the applicable laws and regulations
  • Reviews and remains up to date on changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) and the associated guidelines and policies (e.g., Assessment Manual, Prevention Manual), Occupational health and safety standards, as referenced in OH&S Regulation (eg., WorkSafeBC, CSA, ANSI, AHSRAE), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act, The TDG Compliance Manual, Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways, BC Fire Code, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards
  • Assists divisions and departments with implementation of any new WorkSafeBC initiative (e.g., Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program, Pandemics)
  • Develop Contractor Coordination Program consistent with WorkSafeBC
  • Coordinates and performs audits of health and safety performance, identification of deficiencies and meets with the appropriate personnel to discuss deficiencies and develops plans for corrective action

Training, Learning, and Development

  • Assesses and identifies comprehensive health and safety training, learning, and development needs for the City’s employees
  • Researches, develops, designs, and implements programs to meet the above noted needs
  • Conducts training, learning, and development opportunities and/or secures outside consultants and programs, as required
  • Provides training, learning, and development advice for specialized division and departmental health and safety training, learning, and development
  • Evaluates effectiveness of programs and make appropriate revisions
  • Provides advice to all levels on City programs, policies, and processes
  • Oversees the scheduling and coordination of training, learning, and development programs, resource personnel and materials, facilities, participant registration, and administrative support

Process Management

  • Leads the City through consistent and fair occupational health and safety processes, ensuring compliance with applicable programs, policies, and processes, laws, and legislation
  • Manages compliance with bargaining unit collective agreements, in consultation with the Manager, Human Resources, where requested and where applicable
  • Consults on health and safety issues regarding the necessary processes on items related to disability management, return to work, and accommodation, when required

Leadership and Expertise

  • As an occupational health and safety expert, functions as a strategic partner; guiding, coaching, and mentoring Directors/Managers/Supervisors/Employees about strategies and practices that instill confidence and deliver service excellence and results
  • Provides leadership for all employee health and safety representatives, including support staff, within the organization to foster a positive, healthy, respectful, and safe workplace and workplace culture
  • Presents viewpoints and ideas effectively through written and oral communication
  • Provide leadership regarding establishment and maintenance of working relationships of both internal and external stakeholders while working collaboratively, adaptability under pressure, and dealing with conflicting demands
  • Manages to a high degree of integrity and professionalism
  • Maintains a high level of subject matter knowledge to stay current in the industry
  • Presents reports to the Senior Management Team and to Mayor and Council, when required


  • Maintains departmental budget and co-participates in the annual budget process. Requires identification of new initiatives and program needs, preparing justification to support requests and monitoring and controlling expenditures
  • Facilitates contract consultants or other resources, as required, for the provision of occupational health and safety services on behalf of the City
  • Provides orientation and general work direction, sets expectations, and work plans, and provides performance feedback on a regular basis, while managing performance issues
  • Relationship Management
  • Regularly communicates occupational health and safety successes, status, progress, and next steps relevant to the City’s unwavering commitment to health and safety
  • Builds meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Conducts follow-up activities, as opportunities arise


  • Acts as a resource to bring forward new programs, policies, and procedures
  • Acts as a resource to the HR Division regarding expertise on occupational health and safety matters at Labour Management Committee meetings
  • Performs other duties as required
  • All persons employed by the City of Vernon will be required to assist the City in providing emergency services.  Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties

Required Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from a diploma program related to Occupational Health and Safety
  • Minimum five (5) years in a mature corporate health and safety position that includes working in a unionized environment
  • Experience working in an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and/or with emergency measures responsibilities
  • Valid BC Drivers’ License Class 5
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Accident/Incident Investigation and Prevention training
  • Risk Management training
  • Considerable knowledge of the Worker’s Compensation Act, Regulations, Human Rights Code and any other legislation, regulation, or applicable law
  • Considerable understanding of collective agreements and principles with respect to occupational health and safety, disability management, return to work, and accommodation
  • Excellent interviewing, investigative, analytical, and problem-solving abilities
  • Proven ability to research subject matter and to provide recommendations to ensure an effective and efficient local government service
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately
  • Demonstrated experience in strategy development and implementation
  • Strong initiative with a keen desire to generate results
  • Good understanding of municipal business operations, organizational structure, program, and priorities
  • Proficiency in office technology (MS Office Suite)
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills with an ability to analyse business needs and think strategically
  • Strong leadership skills, including an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Focus on excellence through customer service
  • A solid understanding of Human Resource programs, policies, and procedures
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Participation in emergency or disaster response
  • Ability to obtain and maintain enhanced security clearance

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Applied Science, Nursing, or equivalent
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation
  • Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designation
  • Risk Management Diploma or Certificate from a recognized educational institution
  • Minimum of five (5) years exposure to a mature corporate disability management process/program
  • Membership in Professional Associations
  • Experience in a municipal environment

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Exposure to the legal system (i.e. Examinations for Discovery)

Conditions of Employment:

  • As a fundamental term and condition of employment with the City of Vernon, candidates will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
How to Apply

Please submit your resume, quoting the appropriate competition number to:  Human Resources, City of Vernon, using one of the following methods:

  • Online at (In MS Word or PDF Format) or
  • By Fax:  (250) 550-3551

Internal applicants are asked to complete the Internal Application Form located on Jostle and forward this along with a resume.

By making application, you are authorizing the City of Vernon to verify, through whatever means deemed appropriate, any information included in your applicant profile.

The City of Vernon wishes to thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please!