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Health and Safety advisor, town of cochrane

The Town of Cochrane is located in the breathtaking Bow Valley corridor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. With a population of over 30,000 people, and growing steadily every year, Cochrane is a thriving town, surrounded by world-famous ranch country. Our western heritage is reflected in the Town’s architecture and our friendly people. The Town of Cochrane welcomes innovative and skilled individuals to join our team of over 250 employees.

As the Town of Cochrane Human Resources department, we support the incredible workforce that is pivotal to making the Town of Cochrane a fantastic community to live in.  We are very passionate about our Community!  As our team grows we are excited to recruit for a Health and Safety Advisor

A Healthy and Safe Working Environment is one of our core values at the Town.  We recognize that the health and safety of each employee is of primary importance.  We are committed to managing and coordinating all activities and programs to prevent workplace injuries and work-related illness, and maintaining safe working conditions at all locations.  The Town complies with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code and any other applicable legislation. We continually strive to improve occupational health and safety performance.

As the Health and Safety Advisor, you will provide subject matter expertise, coaching, and resources to Town leaders and staff to prevent occupational incidents, injuries and illness. This is achieved through fostering a prevention culture and ensuring required programs, business processes, resources, communication practices and measures are in place.

If you want to make a difference in our community and have at least 3 years demonstrated experience, we welcome your application for our Health and Safety Advisor position.  

Why should you consider working for us?

Our employees enjoy many benefits including competitive public sector pay, comprehensive health and dental benefits package, professional learning and development opportunities and the opportunity to work with other talented municipal professionals. 

As an organization, the Town of Cochrane has a focus on investing in people.  This is not a boring municipality.  We are growing into an organization with a focus on transparency, critical thinking, curiosity, reflection and innovation.  We support experimentation as part of the growth process and strive for continuous improvement.  We are municipal employees, and we are accountable to all the residents of the Town of Cochrane.  Want to be a part of this exciting time?

As the Health and Safety Advisor, you will:

  • Ensures continuous improvement of the Town of Cochrane’s health and safety program by assisting with developing policies, procedures and processes that are consistent with those set by the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) and the Alberta Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) legislation.
  • Coaches and provides advice to managers on a variety of health & safety issues both occupational in nature and in accordance with related company policy, collective agreements and legislative requirements.
  • Assists with the review, development and implementation of health and safety policies, programs, processes, and provides the necessary tools to ensure standardization and alignment with the Town of Cochrane’s business strategy and legislative requirements.
  • Engages with staff by visiting various work locations; creates and implements Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) based on field observations.
  • Ensures the Town’s occupational health and safety program conforms to the AMHSA standards to maintain our Certificate of Recognition (COR) and follows the Alberta OH&S legislation.
  • Participates with the annual Health and Safety program audits, both internal and external, and provides the necessary pro-active support and resources to stakeholders throughout the process.
  • Part of the Town’s Health and Safety Committee to address and share health and safety incidents, metrics, industry trends, best practices and new or emerging legislation.
  • Provides regular updates to the Health & Safety Supervisor on different safety trends and issues based from work site observations, recommends risk mitigation strategies.
  • Works with the Health & Safety Supervisor, Human Resources, and section Managers to seek opportunities for early and safe return to work following occupational and non-occupational illness or injury.
  • Key contributor to workplace incident investigations with managers, including identifying root cause for incidents, recommending and documenting corrective/preventative action(s) and coordinating workers’ compensation claims, as required.
  • Provides coaching and support to leaders and staff.
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships with staff, external associations, agencies and service providers, responding to request for information or queries as appropriate.

If many of the following characteristics and skills describe you, we want to meet you!

  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years occupational health and safety experience, ideally in a municipal government or public sector environment.
  • Completion of a recognized OH&S Management Diploma or Degree program.
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or demonstrated progress towards certification.
  • AMHSA Auditor Certification is considered an asset.
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license.

The Town of Cochrane is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all of its employees.  As a Town of Cochrane employee you must take reasonable care to protect your health and safety and that of others present at Town worksites, perform work safely, follow all relevant health and safety legislation, Town directives and procedures and attend all identified orientations and training.

Still interested?  Here’s how to apply:

  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit your resume, and a letter stating how your experience match the required qualifications, skills and abilities for this position
  • All qualified candidates will be requested to complete an online suitability survey
  • Applications for this position will be accepted until 9pm MST on August 28th, 2022 at www.cochrane.ca/jobs

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.


Updated: August 15, 2022