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Safety Officer

Date: October, 2012
Reports to (Job Title): Director of Safety
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Safety Office

USG 8-10

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Responsible for 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.Administers development and implementation according to department plans of a comprehensive HSE Program which contains the following core areas:


2.Supports Health, Safety and Environment System:


3.Serves as campus community resource that is professional, responsive, reliable, courteous, effective and efficient:


4.Maintains compliance:


5.Pursues organizational effectiveness and relationship management:

Position Requirements


Undergraduate Degree or College Diploma in Health, Safety and Environment or related fields.

Extensive ongoing professional development is required to maintain competency.             


Experience working in health, safety and environment, laboratories or related fields.


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Deals with confidential materials and must exercise sound judgement, tact, unquestionable degree of integrity and diplomacy.


Internal:  Communicates with all members of University community 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.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible for provision of advice and compliance with health, safety and environment program for all aspects of the University.

Decision-Making Authority:

The position ensures that all reasonable precautions are taken. A hesitation to pursue 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 limited signing authority for Safety Office accounts and negotiating some supplier contracts.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

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

Regular concentrated sensory and cognitive demands particularly during program development, training, investigations and inspections.

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.