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Occupational Health Practitioner/Health And Safety Coorinator - PFT

Choose Collingwood General & Marine Hospital:

Explore a role with Collingwood General & Marine Hospital (CGMH) and live your ideal lifestyle. Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, you have the opportunity to enjoy the 4-season recreational community.

CGMH is a 70-bed facility serving more than 60,000 permanent residents and 3.5 million annual visitors to the communities of Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview and the Blue Mountains. CGMH is an acute care hospital providing emergency care, diagnostic services including lab, imaging and cardio respiratory therapy, as well as two inpatient units (medicine and surgery). In addition, CGMH provides care in specialty areas including obstetrics, orthopaedics, intensive care and surgery. The Hospital also provides outpatient care including dialysis and a wide range of clinics including mental health and rehabilitation services. There are endless opportunities for families, adventure seekers, boaters, foodies and so much more.

Corporate Culture:

At Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, we are anchored by our vision, mission and values and guided by our strategic directions. If you exhibit the core values of CGMH; Inclusive, Caring, Accountable, Respect, Excellence, Teamwork, Adaptable, we want you to join us in providing exceptional services to our patient and their families.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Vice President People and Organizational Development, the Occupational Health Practitioner/ Safety Coordinator will work in co-operation with employees, management, People Services, the hospital's Occupational Health Physician and community based health care providers to ensure a physically and mentally safe and healthy workplace for all employees.

This position is responsible for the delivery of established occupational health programs, protocols and services; including disability management, immunization programs, assessing submitted employee medical documentation, communicable disease surveillance program compliance and other related functions as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The Occupational Health Practitioner/ Safety Coordinator provides expertise, guidance and consultation on an ongoing basis to managers, People Services and employees in the management of complex non-occupational (STD/LTD) and occupational (WSIB) cases, return to work and accommodation processes, in the context of Human Rights Law, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Attendance Support, Accommodation, and Return to Work policies and procedures.
This position provides leadership, guidance and expertise with respect to implementation of a health & safety strategy, standards, policies & related processes, and legislative requirements, along with acting as a resource to the Joint Health and Safety Committee.Through the development and delivery of various programs, Occupational Health Practitioner/ Safety Coordinator helps to maintain healthy and safe employees that can assist the organization in achieving the annual goals of the hospital and enabling OUR PEOPLE pillar in the CGMH strategy.


  • Four year Bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Occupational Health or other related health profession
  • Current Certificate of Competence with the applicable RHPA College
  • Certificate in Disability Management or equivalent
  • Current Certifications in CPR and First Aid
  • JHSC part 2 certified
  • Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in Occupational Health and Safety with knowledge and practical experience in the return to work and accommodation of non-occupational and occupational files of all employee groups, working with managers and external service providers (i.e. WSIB Adjudicators, Insurance Carrier and legal representatives, etc.), in a unionized work environment.
  • One year management experience required, preferably in a health care environment.
  • Must strive to continuously provide a safe and supportive environment for patients, staff, physicians, and volunteers
  • Must adhere to the duties of workers, as stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Must have an ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal) in the English language in order to provide excellent communication with team members, patients and families. Ability to communicate in additional language(s) is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of disability legislation and regulations, including Duty to Accommodate, Employment Equity Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Human Rights Legislation, Accessibility Ontario Disability Act (AODA), Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply policies, procedures, collective agreements, legislative guidelines.
  • Proven ability to analyze physical and cognitive job demands and employee abilities information.
  • Advanced computer and organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experience and styles.
  • Ability to deal with difficult situations, demonstrate confidentiality, tact, discretion and judgement. Ability to interact positively in partnerships/relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, attention to detail, ability to manage high case load.
  • Strong facilitation, negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills with the ability to appropriately delegate.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislative requirements and commitment to remaining abreast of changes.
  • Ability to facilitate, coach, mentor and lead individuals/groups to achieve quality outcomes and provide exceptional service.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to adapt quickly to new situations/challenges
  • Demonstrated appreciation and respect for protocol, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work efficiently independently and in a teamwork environment.
  • Dedicated to continuing professional growth & development
  • Must be able to perform all bona fide and essential duties of the position, which may include physical demands
  • Must have demonstrated excellent attendance/performance record
  • Diploma (DOHN) and/or Certification in Occupational Health Nursing (COHN-C) an asset
  • Educational preparation/courses in Leadership or Management an asset

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manages a large and complex occupational (WSIB) and non-occupational (STD/LTD) case load,and coordinates and manages the return to work and accommodation process:

  • Manages the application of disability income for short-term disability (STD) by verifying and approving access to the program.
  • Maintains liaison with the Occupational Health Physician for ad hoc medical assessments.
  • Liaises with department managers, insurance company representatives, government agents, treating-physicians, and all other professionals in the management of the claims process.
  • Acts as a consultant to the WSIB Claims administrator on all work-related illnesses and injuries, and to the People Services on all employee health related matters.
  • Researches and gathers all relevant case information through collaborating with a range of contacts (e.g. Managers, WSIB, Insurance carrier, HR staff, relevant legislation and bargaining agents).
  • Develops, implements and makes recommendations to support early and safe return to work plans.
  • Develops delivery of training materials to managers; participates in preparation and sits on grievance arbitrations, represents the employer at all WSIB hearing and Human Rights Tribunals.
  • Prepares quarterly reports highlighting the progress of non-occupational and occupational matters for the Senior Leadership Team.

Establish and lead the Occupational Health & Safety program for the Hospital including:

  • Ensures leader and employee awareness of potential health and safety hazards associated with the workplace, promoting compliance with legislative requirements.
  • Provides environmental surveillance by identifying high risk working areas, collecting baseline, and ongoing screening as necessary.
  • Establishes ongoing electronic reporting database.
  • Provides monthly/quarterly (or more often if required) reports to the Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors and Joint health and Safety Committee regarding Occupational Health indicators, initiatives and statistics.Participates in rounding with Senior Leadership as assigned.
  • Establishes and maintains in-service education records relating to Health, Safety and Wellness initiatives.
  • Manages WHMIS/GHS MSDS database/internal inventory of GHS products
  • Active participation in the Hospital's Health and Safety Internal Responsibility System, which includes maintaining accountability for the defined responsibilities listed in applicable legislation, policies and procedures.

Develop, design and implement effective policies and procedures regarding occupational health and health and safety requirements, and develops rollout plans as applicable:

  • Overall accountability for all Occupational Health & Safety policies and procedures, developing new ones when needed, reviews and revises on an annual basis, to reflect collective agreements, legislative laws & regulations, and hospital accreditation standards.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of related legislation, Hospital collective agreements in relation to management employee sick leave, and Hospital policies and procedures, to collaborate on corporate policies.
  • Directs leaders and employees to appropriate policies, procedures & legislation, advises on interpretation, and ensures managers and employees remain aware of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Rounds regular with customers to solicit input to continuous improve services and provide innovative solutions.

Establishes, monitors and manages accurate employee health records including:

  • Health surveillance and communicable disease screening through pre-placement and periodic health assessments as required in relation to the employees ability to perform the job and in compliance with legislation.
  • Liaise with Infection Control to identify communicable diseases exposures and outbreaks and complete appropriate follow up for employees as per OHA guidelines.
  • Employee WSIB and STD/LTD progress notes, accesses HRIS to complete documentation.

Supports the Attendance Assistance and Wellness programs:

  • In conjunction with People Services, develops and implements an effective attendance support program.
  • Identifies employees with absence concerns through a process that clearly outlines expectations and outcomes, working with leaders to address the concern.
  • Participates in the Healthy Workplace Committee ensuring best practices in accordance with OHS are considered.
  • Assists in the management, promotion and referral of the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) ensuring employee confidentiality, satisfaction and quality of service.
  • Works closely with leadership and employees to ensure a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace which embraces the hospital's values.

Team: People Services

Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time

Start Date: August, 2019

Hours of Work: Mon - Fri, 37.5 hours per week.Please be reminded that as a Hospital, in order to provide the necessary patient care, our operations run 24/7. Therefore, depending on the program for which you are applying, it may be an expectation that you are available to work week days and weekends, as well as all shifts - days, evenings, and nights.

Hourly Wage Range: $41.42 - $48.02


This position includes a comprehensive non-union benefit plan, including but not limited to extended health and dental coverage, life and accident insurance, paid vacation and sick days, short/long term disability plans, HOODIP pension plan, Employee & Family Assistance Program and access to CGMH Perkopolis discounts.


If you are interested in joining our inspiring team, please apply online before 11:59pm EST on the posting close date by submitting an updated copy of your resume and cover letter in PDF or Word format.

Due to the volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please be advised that as part of the mandatory screening process CGMH requires professional references, verification of academic training, professional accreditation, plus a current Police Vulnerable Sector Check.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. We encourage all qualified individuals including visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2s+ persons, and others who may contribute to a diverse workplace to apply. If contacted regarding a competition, please advise Human Resources of accommodation measures you may require during our selection process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

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