Site Safety Oversight Officer
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Port Hope, CA
4d ago


The Historic Waste Program Management Office (HWPMO) is responsible for the administration of Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) in the Port Hope region as well as for the management of historic low level radioactive wastes across Canada.

PHAI is a federal initiative to clean up low-level radioactive waste situated in the Municipality of Port Hope and the Municipality of Clarington.

The project involves remediating several contaminated sites to established clean-up criteria and consolidating the waste in a new engineered mound (one in each community).

The remediation and construction aspects of the project are subject to CNSC hearings and environmental approvals. In addition, the Port Hope portion of the PHAI is executed in close coordination with Cameco Corporation’s Vision In Motion renewal project, and the Municipality of Port Hope’s public works projects.

The PHAI has a very high public profile and is a top priority for the Government of Canada and the PHAI communities. The project is sponsored by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and led by CNL.

CNL provides high-level strategic direction and oversight to the project via the General Manager, HWPMO.

There are four different types of work environments at the PHAI including industrial operations, field activities, construction and office environments.

The ultimate goal is to optimize workplace health and safety of employees, visitors and contractors of the PHAI by promoting safe work practices and injury and illness prevention through program development and education in all work environments using a collaborative network of OSH professionals, specialists and services providers.

The HWPMO Site Safety Oversight Officer reports to the Manager - Safety, and is responsible for providing support to the HWPMO team by ensuring the implementation and effectiveness of the HWPMO’s Safety Culture and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program.


The Site Safety Oversight Officer is responsible for providing support to the HWPMO team as required to successfully implement and provide oversight of the HWPMO Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) program.

The main responsibilities include the following, under the direction of Manager, Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness :

Provide systematic on-site, dedicated oversight of all safety related matters during project activities by the contractors and HWPMO staff.

This role may involve full-time presence on-site at project locations and may be for the entire duration of the project activities, in all weather conditions, as determined by the Project Managers and Manager, Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness.

  • Provide expertise and support on site to HWPMO staff in other departments, Facility Operations and the Line Management, in order to effectively implement the HWPMO’s Safety Culture, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), emergency preparedness and Security Programs.
  • Conduct inspections (equipment, structure, material or process) and inform management on areas identified which may cause problems / errors / defects or are not in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, contractor commitments and CNL requirements governing the health and safety of individuals.
  • Attend pre-construction meetings with the prime contractor and sub-contractors to review health and safety matters before the contractors commence work.
  • Review and accept the contractors / sub-contractors' health and safety plans (and safety documents) along with any pertinent safety information prior to the start of work.
  • Interact directly on OSH matters with construction superintendents, construction supervisors, contractors, and other contracting parties involved in the HWPMO projects remediation and construction activities.
  • Monitor contractor compliance to the CNL OSH Program and procedural requirements through formal and informal safety walkabouts and formal workplace inspections.
  • Collect records from contractors on all safety events and reportable medical assists, administered first aid, lost time injuries and other safety indicators.
  • Participate in the OSH Audit process as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and document all findings and results according to CNL procedures.
  • Take part in accidents / incidents investigations and conduct follow up to identify cause, and recommend how incidents might be prevented in the future.
  • Document / record information : enter, transcribe, store, and / or maintain information in written or electronic form according to established procedures.
  • Prepare detailed reports such as OSH compliance reports, oversight reports, incident reports, observations, etc. and determine safety concerns, corrective actions, and, establish path forward to the resolution of concerns.
  • Provide input to employee manuals, safety procedures and company policies.
  • May be assigned by management to a specific line organization or project as part of an integrated work team.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager, Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness or by the integrated project Manager.

  • College diploma or university graduate, 5-10 years of large construction project safety oversight experience, preferably in civil and / or remediation, as well as radiation safety and / or protection.
  • Professional certification in Health and Safety, such as Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) designation.
  • Demonstrates "safety first" attitude; ensures activities are conducted with CNL, public and employee safety foremost in mind.
  • Ability to maintain and grow safety knowledge including industry best practices and pending changes in legislation.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication (active listening, oral expression / comprehension; written expression / comprehension) and training / presentation skills.
  • Physically fit, able to be physically active (standing, walking) for many hours a day. Able to manage stairs, ladders and other egress equipment to enter all site and building areas including confined space.
  • Able to use personal protective equipment including a tight fitting respirator (full and half-face).

  • Problem recognition and analytical capabilities for problem solving is essential for supporting the improvement of safety across HWPMO projects.
  • Must have the ability to anticipate when something is wrong and act accordingly to prevent incident.

  • Inductive reasoning, ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive reasoning, ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Analyze data or information; identify the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Evaluate information to determine compliance with standards : use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, federal / provincial regulations, or standards.
  • Must be capable of acting as an authority in industrial and construction safety legislation relating to general operational systems, construction and demolition environments.
  • Identify objects, actions, and events related to safety : identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Critical thinking, use of logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to safety issues which arise on site.
  • Working knowledge of Apparent Cause Analysis (ACA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and other safety analytical tools.
  • Must be willing to develop and maintain expertise in specific federal and provincial legislation that affects occupational health and safety within the HWPMO projects.
  • Knowledge of CNL OSH Program would be considered an asset.

  • A working knowledge of radiation protection principles would be an asset.
  • Must agree to being registered as a nuclear energy worker
  • Must be familiar with Incident / Event investigation.
  • Familiar with office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as the development of databases, health and safety statistics and word processing.
  • Experience authoring, critically reviewing and approving project documentation on highly technical subject matter would be an asset.
  • Must possess and project a positive yet authoritative personality.
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