Manager, Public Works, Health & Safety Program

Manager, Public Works, Health & Safety Program

The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community. The City of Richmond offers competitive pay programs, comprehensive benefits and attractive incentives. If you are looking to make a difference, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada”, then please apply.


Reporting to the Director of Public Works, the Manager – Public Works Health and Safety Programs plays a critical role as part of the Public Works management team and will liaise closely with Human Resources. This position will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise, direction, planning, leadership and ensuring compliance in all aspects of health, safety and return to work/stay at work processes at the Works Yard.  

Examples of key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and ensure compliance with new or existing corporate, departmental or WorkSafe BC occupational health and safety programs and/or regulations.
  • Manage occupational and non-occupational claims, oversee the Stay at Work, Return to Work and Duty to Accommodate processes and affected staff.
  • Research, gather and perform analysis of all reportable attendance management issues.
  • Provide counsel and guidance to Public Works staff in relation to regulations, best practices, modified duties and short and long term medical issues. 
  • Provide leadership to employees and management on  Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulatory compliance.
  • Develop and update related safety programs and safe work procedures.
  • Provide recommendations at the departmental and corporate level to improve safety programs and safe operating practices.
  • Conduct and monitor completion of workplace safety audits, risk assessments and inspections as required.
  • When deemed necessary, halt all work being performed until a safety issue is resolved, and execute emergency scene management for work related accidents and/or incidents.
  • Lead and manage incident investigations and ensure corrective actions are identified, documented and implemented.
  • Assess needs, coordinate and provide safety related training for all staff. 
  • Liaising with the Budget and Training Coordinator, and coordinate delivery of safety training and related programs (i.e.: hearing tests).
  • Identify the need for, oversee, and conduct industrial/occupational hygiene sampling and analysis when required.
  • Identify and manage Standard Operating Procedures, Safe Work Procedures and Guidelines.
  • Manage the Works Yard Health and Safety Committee and actively participate as an employer representative and co-chair. Work closely with unionized OH&S representatives and ensure meetings are effective, scheduled and documented.
  • Develop and complete action plans relating to findings and corrective actions in inspections, audits, safety committee meetings, management meetings and investigations.
  • Undertake hiring process and oversee the work of subordinates.
  • Manage communicable disease protocols, site plans, safety checks and communications for Public Works. Liaise with Human Resources and other departments. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Considerable regulatory knowledge and demonstrated practical application of Occupational Health and Safety policies in an operations environment as well as related programs and Disability Management policies and programs.
  • General knowledge of medical terminology as related to claims and disability management.
  • Knowledge of how relevant legal framework such as Human Rights Laws and Privacy Legislation applies to the work.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including technical writing, facilitating meetings, presentations, and the ability to lead, influence and promote teamwork.
  • Innovative and vision-orientated with demonstrated ability to undertake both strategic planning and implementation.
  • Proficiency in Windows applications, Microsoft Office Suite, PeopleSoft, IPS, and REDMS or similar Document Management System.
  • Ability to effectively manage change and assist people in adapting to change at all levels.
  • Ability to compile, draft and maintain case files, correspondence, spreadsheets, reports, presentations, statistics and minutes.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight time frames.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Skilled in coaching, mentoring, dispute resolution, attendance management, and progressive discipline practices.
  • Ability to prepare and manage budget allocations and expenditures.
  • Excellent relationship building skills are necessary to be able to foster and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality. 
  • Ability to successfully clear a Police Information Check.

Qualifications and Experience:

Completion of post-secondary Diploma or Degree specializing in Occupational Health and Safety, or Certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), or other related post secondary education is required. Five to seven years experience in health, safety and wellness positions with a leadership focus. Experience in a municipal environment is preferred. Valid Driver’s Licence for the Province of BC is required.

Working Conditions:

Duties are performed in an office environment.  May encounter upset or unpleasant customers.

The City of Richmond requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or request an accommodation (on legal ground as defined in the BC Human Rights Code) during the recruitment process.

Additional Information:

Employee Group: Exempt
Position Status: Regular Full-Time
Duration of Appointment: NA
Salary Range: $97,536 – $121,920
Hours of Work: 7:15 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday on a compressed work-week schedule.
Application Posted: 5/6/22
External Closing Date: 5/27/22
PCC#: 1288
Openings: 1

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