Director Corporate Health and Safety Services

  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jul 12, 2018
Full time Director

Job Description

The Director, Corporate Health and Safety Services leads the 3 sites at Providence, St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s Healthcare in consultation with the departmental leaders to develop and maintain a safe and healthy environment for hospital staff and clients. As the accountable leader for corporate wellness and safety for the three hospital sites, he/she sets the strategy for focus on metrics ,reporting ,education and programs (consistent with legislative, regulatory and internal occupational health and safety policies, procedures) that lead to overall best practice in corporate health and wellness in a hospital setting.

 Responsibilities & Activities:

  • Contributes to and facilitates the achievement of the specific objectives determined for Occupational Health and Wellness through the development and implementation of policies and practice to ensure successful realization of the corporate goals relate to employee wellness;
  • Ensures the department and organization is in compliance with applicable health and safety legislation, guidelines and standards;
  • Responsible for the design, evaluation and modification of OHS&W policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive;
  • Develops and implements compliance audits of operation for all locations to ensure compliance and regulatory creating synthesis and consistency across the Network.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert /leader within the Hospital providing insight on OHS&W matters;
  • Provides direction/leadership for management level staff and the team as a coach and mentor; defines accountabilities while directing and supporting the achievement of performance goals, within functional area of responsibility;
  • Provides leadership to ensure clinical, financial and organizational outcomes;
  • Collaborates with management to continually improve occupational health process to produce desired results;
  • Develops partnerships with federal and provincial agencies as well as regulatory bodies;
  • Liaises with union representatives;
  • Reports on metrics and analytics regarding OHS&W as well as forecasts/develops and manages the annual operating budget;
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge.


  • Owns and drives an occupational health, safety & wellness strategy ensuring a safe and healthy environment for hospital staff and clients;
  • Builds working relationships with key players to advance OHS&W internally and externally;
  • Communicates and provides advice to stakeholders and the community regarding health & safety;
  • Ensures that the Hospital’s Corporate Health and Safety Services are in compliance with legal requirements, health standards, corporate policies and collective agreements;
  • Maintains responsibility for making high level decisions throughout the day in order to navigates the organization to a health & safety culture;
  • Applies broad decision - making in the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, programs, and procedures to support the Hospital’s Corporate Health and Safety Services with a focus on continuous improvement;
  • Leads the development and maintenance of emergency response;
  • Leads the compliance of management of the joint health & safety committees across the three hospital sites;
  • Leads the employees that conduct the investigation of workplace injuries, accidents and near misses, ensures compliance with accident investigation techniques ,including preparing recommendations for prevention and ensuring implementation of corrective actions;
  • Oversees the development, coordination and facilitation of, H&S training registration, tracking and reporting. Strives to raise numbers of compliance of mandatory training related to health and safety across 3 sites;
  • Prepares and presents required presentations/updates/reports that will be presented to the Board of Directors and Quality Committee of the Board;
  • Responsible for assessing and making recommendations on multiple and varied requests for OHS&W information;
  • Leads the work related to audit with respect to maintaining the organizations quality certification;
  • Manages the delivery of counsel , guidance and advice on OHS&W issues/matters to managers, employees and volunteers to achieve excellence in service delivery;
  • Provides overall strategic leadership to set the direction , deliver activities to support OHS&W objectives/deliverables and implement procedures to mitigate risk.


  • University degree in healthcare or equivalent related field, required. RN required, BSN preferred;
  • Master’s degree in healthcare or equivalent related field, preferred;
  • Current Registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurse Ontario, required;
  • Current certificate in Occupational Health Nursing, preferred;
  • CPR certification, required;
  • Minimum five (5) years of senior leadership in a healthcare setting;
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered with a minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in the field of health and safety management or occupational hygiene;
  • Working knowledge of legislation and principles pertaining to health and safety; relevant federal and provincial legislation, such as the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Regulations, etc. and/or regulatory agencies to include OSHA, FMLA, ADA, Worker’s Compensations, CDC and Joint Commission;
  • Ability to explain and apply corporate policy and procedures and collective agreement provisions effectively;
  • Excellent computer and information technology skills, including MS Office applications;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to present material to different audiences up to and including the Board of Directors level;
  • Strong leadership ability exercising confidentiality in working with sensitive employee medical data;
  • Diplomacy when dealing with (both union and non-union), as well as external stakeholders;
  • Passion for employee wellness, safety and ability to execute both the strategy and the implementation of best practice;
  • Ability to make independent judgment and to act on decision on a daily basis;
  • Ability to delegate and hold team accountable;
  • Attention to detail, effective organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proven ability to manage time in a deadline-oriented environment;
  • Record keeping knowledge and systems knowledge;
  • Experience in preparation of reports as well as the preparation of graphs and spread sheets;
  • Statistical analysis skills;
  • Knowledge/understanding of financial funding models, funding formulas/adjustment factors and the implication on budget projections;
  • Knowledge of hazard control systems.

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