• Health and Safety Professional

    Career Profile

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Job Description

  • Explain and apply the Occupational Health and Safety Act, its regulations and other federal and provincial legislation
  • Conduct risk and exposure assessment and recommend controls to eliminate or mitigate health and safety hazards
  • Assess workplaces to ensure equipment, materials and production processes do not present safety or health hazards
  • Conduct hazard analysis, advise management of non-compliance and make recommendations for corrections
  • Investigate health and safety related complaints, hazardous chemical spills, harmful exposures and occupational disease and workplace accidents
  • Develop and maintain occupational health and safety strategies, audit management systems and policies, procedures and manuals
  • Coordinate emergency response procedures, mine rescues, firefighting and first aid crews
  • Write incident reports, notices of violations and complete compliance and conformance checklist
  • Work with health and safety committees, workers, unions, mine management, government representatives and the public to promote safe work practices through the Internal Responsibility System
  • Select, calibrate and use technical equipment, instruments and computer applications to test work environment and retrieve information

Compensation

$77,738 - $192,886

Job Prospects

Demand in Mining: 5/5

Skill Transferability: 5/5

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Health and Safety Professionals are committed to protecting mine workers and the public. They work in a variety of environments and inspect different operations and processes. They share their expertise with employees in all areas of a mine, including operators and senior management. They compile information and communicate findings and recommendations.

What is it Like to Work as a Health and Safety Professional in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Health and Safety Professionals visit a variety of underground and open-pit sites. They are often required to work in rough terrain, as well as obstructed or confined spaces. They climb ladders and work at heights. While on-site, exposure to extreme heat and dust, smells, noise and mechanical vibrations is possible.

Success Profile

  • Interprets federal and provincial regulations
  • Implements difficult decisions, and communicate the reasons for them
  • Analytical, assertive, confident and advocate for a safe workplace
  • Respects and understands safety and environmental procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Organized, precise and accurate
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Values safety, health and a positive working environment
  • Willing to engage in continuous learning and skills development

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and do not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety with eight-10 years of industry experience in health and safety, preferably in a mining or related environment
  • Knowledge and experience with mining equipment and operations
  • Knowledge and experience with federal, provincial and local mining workplace health & safety and environmental legislations, acts, rules, regulations and reporting processes and procedures
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email, presentation, database software and language of operation
  • Must pass a medical and drug test
  • Willing to work in a diverse environment

May be Required

  • Certification with the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and Diploma in the Occupational Health and Safety or relevant work experience and in-house training
  • General or enhanced screening check, including a criminal record check and, if applicable, fingerprint verification

Assets

  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional Designation
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages