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HSE Programs & Process Specialist

Company: Vancouver Shipyards
Company - Location: Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC


The HSE Programs and Process Specialist will be responsible for the administration and coordination of Seaspan’s Health & Safety Management System, ensuring that the program meets regulatory requirement and is well-supported and managed across all shipyards (Vancouver Shipyards, Victoria Shipyards, Vancouver Drydock).


  • Develop, implement and maintain Safety Management System  programs, standards, policies, procedures and compliance training.
  • Assist the Senior Director, HSE on all regulatory appeals i.e. WCB Order, Administrative Penalties and Prosecutions, WCB Assessments, or Prosecutions and takes a leadership role in managing critical incident investigations.
  • Provide direct leadership in the planning, execution and management of third-party consultant qualitative exposure assessments and pro-actively identify industry safety and health hazards.
  • Play an active role in the identification of hazards and implementation of regulatory, health, safety and other program changes.
  • Communicates and works with Union leaders on safety policy development and implementation.
  • Review proposed use of hazardous chemicals, advise on control measures and provide recommendations for corrective measures under the accepted industry standards for the hierarchy of control.
  • Partner with Managers and Advisors in mentoring their activities to facilitate change through their own actions.
  • Apprise Managers of new and forthcoming legislative changes and internal policy changes.
  • Prepare formal comments on new rules and regulations for submission to Government agencies and understand when to seek assistance from attorneys, other experts, and governmental officials to assess and act on health and safety circumstances.
  • Review health and safety advisor’s incident reports, job hazard analyses and participate in root cause investigations.
  • Conduct/manage safety, hygiene, hazardous materials and/or health hazard management projects.
  • As necessary, prepare trending and analysis reports, including analysis of hazards and recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Review engineering and operating processes/procedures to ensure safety, health and environmental hazards have been identified and addressed through appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Provide on-call emergency response support on occasion.
  • Other tasks as required and assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Post-Secondary degree or diploma in a health or natural science-related discipline (e.g. Risk Management, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health & Safety, Physiology, Human Factors,) is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience with safety management systems and process safety management implementation, preferably in industrial construction, shipbuilding/ship repair or manufacturing industries;
  • Completion of professional registration or designation is required. (i.e. CRSP, CSP, ROH, CIH etc.).
  • Involvement in the assessment and quantification of hazard exposure profile of prior organizations and experience in developing and designing a risk-based approach to quantify and mitigate these exposures to safety and health hazards.
  • Experience in a recognized leading industry employer such as Power Generation, Pulp & Paper, Oil & Gas and/or Mining.
  • Industry membership (e.g. Canadian Society of Safety Engineering) is preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Working knowledge of Industrial Safety and Hygiene related regulatory standards and other applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to anticipate the needs of customers and provide exceptional stakeholder service by ensuring programs, standards, policies and procedures are effectively implemented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to work closely with field teams and Management, and coordinate work with other appropriate technical resources.
  • Solid understanding and application of Health and Safety Regulations in BC and Canada, including Work Safe BC Regulations and the Workers Compensation Act.
  • Ability to successfully implement safety management programs and policies in a multi-union environment.
  • Solid understanding of accident causation and prevention.
  • Competent at carrying out internal and external audits.
  • Knowledge, training and experience with safety management systems development, auditing, and execution of performance standards, (I.e. OHSAS 18001:2007 - Health and Safety Management, ISO 14001:2004 - Environmental Management, ISRS, Certificate of Recognition Programs).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization and to collaborate with line managers and staff in order to achieve excellent health and safety standards.
  • Ability and initiative to work independently and exercise strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership ability and sound judgement.
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions that will impact behaviour and continually draw focus on personal safety as being the top operating priority.
  • Must be able to handle rapidly shifting priorities and multiple projects concurrently, requiring resolution of complex problems in stressful situations.
  • Superior analysis and problem-solving abilities, coupled with strong decision-making abilities.

This position requires the successful candidate to:

  • Have and maintain a valid Driver's License. 
  • Travel occasionally within British Columbia and meet requirements including appropriate documentation necessary to travel within Canada.

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Note: Unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted

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