Occupational Health, Safety and Abilities Management Specialist
Home and Community Care Support Services Central
Markham ON,Ontario,Canada
2d ago

Reporting to the Director, Human Resources and Organization Development, the Occupational Health, Safety and Abilities Management Specialist is responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating the abilities management, occupational health, safety and wellness programs and related initiatives across Home and Community Care Support Services Central.

Working closely with Human Resources this position will support the People Strategy in championing a positive, healthy and engaging workplace that supports people to care for themselves and each other.


Abilities Management

  • Provides adjudication, advice, direction and guidance as appropriate to employees, managers and Human Resources regarding the management of short and long term disability claims.
  • Requests, receives and interprets medical information to determine employee fitness for work and facilitates reintegration, return to work and medical accommodation planning with all parties based on the employee’s supported abilities and limitations.
  • Liaises with insurance providers on issues related to disability claims management.
  • Supports WSIB early and safe intervention / reintegration of injured employees, conducts WSIB reporting and acts as key resource on WSIB related matters.
  • Plays a key role in supporting and leading AODA related activities.

  • Maintains employee health records and ensures appropriate measures are in place to protect the privacy and confidentiality of employee personal and health information.
  • Health and Safety

  • Promotes organizational adherence to relevant health and safety legislation (including but not limited to Ontario Human Rights Code, Personal Health Information Privacy Act, Workplace Safety & Insurance Act, and Occupational Health & Safety Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).
  • Provides expert advice and guidance regarding occupational health and safety best practice and the interpretation and application of related policies and programs.
  • Serves as an active participant / co-lead of the Joint Health & Safety Committees and monitors the performance of the JHSCs, including the effectiveness of control and compliance measures, such as workplace inspections, workplace risk assessments and incident / accident investigations, education and training.
  • Provides support to the Infection Prevention and Control program and initiatives as required, and participates in pandemic planning, including support for the PPE program.
  • Leads and administers Mask Fit Testing for employees.
  • Liaises with relevant hospital / health system partners’ occupational health and safety departments to support health and safety of employees working on site.
  • Act as a key resource for emergency response / incident command on matters related to health and safety.
  • Ergonomics and Wellness

  • Promotes a culture of health and wellness throughout the organization. Develops, implements, and evaluates programs and initiatives to support and encourage employees’ physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Leads the ergonomics and wellness programs, performing ergonomic assessments, identification of tools that promote employee health, safety and wellness while evaluating and monitoring for opportunities of continuous improvement.

  • Regulated health professional (e.g. RN, OT, PT, Kinesiology) in good standing with the professional College / Association, with training in Occupational Health & Safety and / or Ergonomics preferred
  • Certification as a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) or a Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC), or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in the abilities / disability management and occupational health and safety, program design and implementation an asset.
  • Sound working knowledge of relevant regulations and legislation including OHSA, WSIA, OHR, AODA and PHIPA.
  • Knowledge and application of current best practice for disability claims management, OHRC accommodations and return to work programs and the ability to use sound judgment in the application of this knowledge when dealing with complex issues.
  • Excellent communication skills to build relationships and influence stakeholders (e.g. Leaders, employees, bargaining unit representatives, insurers etc.
  • in identifying and achieving goals

  • Effective conflict resolution, negotiation and problem solving abilities when navigating complex and sensitive discussions with individuals or groups of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Infection Prevention & Control measures
  • Computer proficiency in utilizing MS Office software applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams), navigation of internet resources and employee databases.
  • Collaborates on a variety of initiatives and committees at local and provincial levels.
  • Takes initiative as a self-starter, working well independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive and emotional issues and maintain confidentiality.
  • Proven investigative and analytical skills and the ability to interpret statistical data
  • Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter, stating Competition #2022- 088 in the subject line of the email, to HumanResources-YR hccontario.

    ca . Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Home and Community Care Support Services Central is committed to providing support to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process.

    Candidates requiring accommodation should advise Human Resources. Support will be provided in accordance with the applicant's needs and in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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