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Senior Safety Officer

Date: September, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Director of Safety
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus

USG 11/12

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Responsible for managing the effective, efficient, and comprehensive delivery of assigned health, safety and environmental program services to support the achievement of the University’s strategic goals, facilitate successful endeavors by all members of the University community and ensure that persons accountable for University operations are informed of risks and compliance requirements.

Key Accountabilities:

1.Heads development and implementation, according to department plans, of a comprehensive Health, Safety and Environment Program which contains the following core areas:


2.  Champions and provides direction for  Health, Safety and Environment System:



3.  Steers Health, Safety and Environment resources that are professional, responsive, reliable, courteous, effective and efficient:



5.  Manages compliance:


6.  Leads organizational effectiveness and relationship management:

Position Requirements


Undergraduate degree in Health, Safety and Environment or related fields.

Extensive ongoing professional development is required to maintain competency.

Professional Designation in Health and Safety including Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH/CIH) and/or equivalent.


Several years with proven track record of achievement in managing various aspects of health, safety and environment and/or laboratories with research or related fields.

Competencies will include strategic thinking, innovation and superior interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

Superior writing, presentation skills and ability to develop, manage and deliver training programs.

Demonstrated leadership ability, strategic and tactical thinking, planning and organizational skills.

Extensive expertise with managing interpretation and compliance with most Health, Safety and Environment legislation.




Expert knowledge of applicable Health, Safety and Environment legislation.

Expertise in conducting occupational and environmental hygiene sampling/measurement, interpretation and use of equipment and/or research laboratory equipment.

Ontario Driver’s Licence Class G minimum.

Superior ability to manage and recommend improvements to Health, Safety and Environment computer databases.

Maintain membership competency in hazardous materials response team.

Extensive knowledge of organization, building infrastructure and laboratory environment.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Deals with confidential materials and must exercise sound judgement, tact, unquestionable degree of integrity and diplomacy using well-developed interpersonal communication skills to handle at times emotional concerns.


Internal:  Communicates with all members of University community including senior leadership to deal with, influence and motivate others, and to promote, justify and settle matters that are often highly sensitive.

Resolves situations as a consensus facilitator with creative abilities to achieve success for the University.


External: Liaises with professional and government regulators and agencies representing the University on matters that are highly sensitive, confidential and critical to the deliverables of the University of Waterloo.


Level of Responsibility:

Responsible for provision of expert advice, management of health, safety and environment program services and compliance with legislative and legal requirements for all aspects of the University.

Oversees the department in the absence of the Director.

Decision-Making Authority:

The position ensures that all reasonable precautions are taken. A hesitation to pursue resolution of a health, safety and environment issue or fault in the health, safety and environment program could result in serious disruption to academic/research programs and campus services while damaging the institution’s reputation.

The position has signing authority for Safety Office accounts and negotiating supplier contracts.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Varied physical positions and occasional climbing, lifting and carrying required.

Occasional concentrated sensory use particularly during database development and training presentations.

Working Environment:

Involves visiting varying work areas and locations in and outdoors at all times of the year normally within normally Monday to Friday hours however is often required to vary schedule such as for  training or responding to incidents.

Handles hazardous materials and enters higher hazard work areas (construction projects; injury and fire scenes).

Uses various personal protective equipment (PPE) however majority of time is in an office type environment where PPE is not required.


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