At ESHC we strive to develop a positive work environment where employees can work together, feel as if their skills are being used, are appreciated and maintain a solid work/life balance. We focus on a team approach that encourages open communication.
The Occupational Health, Safety, Wellness and Infection Prevention and Control Nurse oversees the effective and efficient operation of the Hospital’s Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) in accordance with recognized best practices and legislative requirements. The RN provides consultative support on health and safety issues (including OH&S and disability management) and works with OSMH leadership to ensure appropriate and safe accommodation and return to work programs are maintained. As a role model and champion, the role will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of quality care. Days of work will include weekdays and alternating weekends. The position has an expected contract end date of March 31, 2022.
• Ensures organizational compliance with all Occupational Health & Safety related legislation including: Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health & Safety Act, Labour Relations Act, etc.
• Researches health and safety issues by reviewing relevant legislation, internal data, external sources and networking with other safety professionals.
• Identifies the need for, researches and writes recommendations for corporate health & safety programs, policies and procedures. Annually reviews existing health and safety programs and associated policies and procedures to ensure necessary updates.
• Develops policies and priorities in consultation with key stakeholders to align with corporate focused health and safety topics.
• Oversees the return to work process for ill, injured or disabled employees in accordance with the Early and Safe Return to Work Policy.
• Ensures investigations into safety concerns are completed and the necessary recommendations are actioned.
• Oversees coordination and operation of health & safety committees and contractors. Provides advice and resources to the OH&S Steering Committees with respect to health and safety matters.
• Assists as an entry point contact for the Ministry of Labour. Acts as a liaison between leadership and the Ministry of Labour regarding appropriate actions to be taken if required.
• Responsible for all appeals dealing with issues such as claims, compliance orders, penalties, assessments and similar issues in collaboration with Human Resources.
• Oversees OH&S audits as required by regulations.
• Manages the functioning of the health and safety programs, including establishing performance measures and analyzing and reporting on health and safety program results and trends.
• Responsible for the management of surveillance, prevention, and management of COVID-19 protocols for affected Employees and collaborates with WECHU in the monitoring of individuals.
• Monitor epidemiological significant issues among employees (in conjunction with IPAC) and patient population in comparison to the community with a concern to entity or facility preparedness.
• Perform an ongoing assessment to identify the risks for the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents. This includes the ongoing assessment of the employee population we serve, and the treatment and services provided.
• Facilitating and/or participating on Hospital Committees including: Occupational Health & Safety, Accessibility Planning, Emergency Planning, Pandemic committee and others as required.
• Provides reports to senior management regarding health and safety indicators, initiatives and statistics. Makes recommendations to senior management team.
• Ensures legislatively required and hospital approved education is provided to all staff at time of onboarding and at regular intervals during employment. This includes WHMIS, Immunization, Wellness, Health & Safety education.
• Analyses, evaluates and ensures reporting of all immunization statistics to Ontario Public Health.
• Identifies and promote Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and other wellness initiatives to assist in building a healthy, positive workplace environment in collaboration with HR.
Education & Certification
• Undergraduate Degree in Nursing or Health Promotion – Required
• Two to Three (3-5) years of progressively responsible related experience in Occupational Health and Safety.
• Occupational Health Nurse Certificate preferred.
• Experience in public health or hospital epidemiology principles, infectious diseases, and sterilization, sanitation, and disinfection practices required.
Erie Shores HealthCare is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations available on request in all parts of the recruitment and assessment process as required under ESHC’s Accommodation Policy.
As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety department.