Health and Safety Advisor - Office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Date of Posting: 
July 11, 2016
Office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Health and Safety Advisor
Full-Time Permanent Position
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

Commensurate with qualifications

The University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for a permanent full-time position of Health and Safety Advisor.  Under the general direction of the Vice-President, Administration and Finance, the Health and Safety Advisor is a management position responsible for the strategic focus, specialized coordination and management of the campus health and safety program.


• Planning, development, implementation, advising and on-going evaluation of Occupational Health & Safety policies, programs and practices
• Ensure compliance with PEI Occupational Health and Safety Act and other government legislation and regulations
• Key functional representative on the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee and sub-committees
• Provide input and advise on OH&S policy direction and ensure delivery of the OH&S strategy and programs
• Develop, implement and maintain data collection and reporting with respect to the University’s safety systems and programs, ensuring reports are available to senior administration as required
• Coordinate and/or conduct the audit process for occupational health and safety programs through a consultative/collaborative process and report the findings
• Investigate safety hazards and recommend appropriate action
• Act as an expert resource in understanding common concepts related to OH&S law, due diligence and the internal responsibility system
• Ensure all stakeholders are informed of, and understand, the legal responsibilities imposed upon them and the University in respect of workplace health and safety
• Develop, conduct and/or coordinate OH&S training to groups and individuals to ensure compliance with federal, provincial and local regulations to include but not limited to the PEI Occupational Health and Safety Act, Violence in the Workplace legislation and the Workers’ Compensation Act
• Liaise with government departments, agencies and other academic institutions
• Work collaboratively with the Human Resources Offices in respect to Workers’ Compensation Claims


The preferred candidate will possess the following:
• Undergraduate degree in a related area combined with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in occupational health and safety, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Proven leadership experience in delivering occupational health and safety programs
• Proven knowledge of the PEI Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, PEI Workers’ Compensation Act and Regulations
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and First Aid/CPR training
• Superior communication skills (verbal and written) with a demonstrated ability to build strong, positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders with a focus on customer service
• Demonstrated problem solving skills with the ability to use discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues
• Strong presentation skills
• Computer competence and proficiency in MS office applications including computerized data bases, word processing and spreadsheet applications
• Current certification in occupational health & safety preferred
• Experience in a unionized environment preferred
• Experience in an academic environment an asset

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

K. Robinson

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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