Position Description

Industrial Safety Specialist (Afternoon Shift)
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The Historic Waste Program Management Office (HWPMO) is responsible for the administration of Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) in the Port Hope region as well as for the management of historic low level radioactive wastes across Canada. PHAI is a federal initiative to clean up low-level radioactive waste situated in the Municipality of Port Hope and the Municipality of Clarington. The project involves remediating several contaminated sites to established clean-up criteria and consolidating the waste in a new engineered mound (one in each community). The remediation and construction aspects of the project are subject to CNSC hearings and environmental approvals. In addition, the Port Hope portion of the PHAI is executed in close coordination with Cameco Corporation's Vision In Motion renewal project, and the Municipality of Port Hope's public works projects. The PHAI has a very high public profile and is a top priority for the Government of Canada and the PHAI communities. The project is sponsored by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and led by CNL. CNL provides high-level strategic direction and oversight to the project via the General Manager, HWPMO.

There are four different types of work environments at the PHAI including industrial operations, field activities, construction and office environments. The ultimate goal is to optimize workplace health and safety of employees, visitors and contractors of the PHAI by promoting safe work practices and injury and illness prevention through program development and education in all work environments using a collaborative network of OSH professionals, specialists and services providers.

The Industrial Safety Specialist reports to the Section Head - Safety, and is responsible for providing support to the HWPMO team by ensuring the implementation and effectiveness of the HWPMO's Safety Culture and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program.


  • Develop and deliver OSH training to HWPMO personnel and contractors including job and area-specific training such as ergonomics and confined space entry.
  • Demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
  • Act as main point of contact for OSH matters with HWPMO Operations and Office staff
  • Conduct inspections (equipment, structure, material or process) related to HWPMO Operations and Office and inform management on areas identified which may cause problems/errors/defects or are not in compliance with laws and provincial/federal regulations governing the health and safety of individuals.
  • Conduct independent verification of the implementation and effectiveness of the HWPMO OSH programs.
  • Periodically undertake reviews to assess the effectiveness of the HWPMO health and safety program.
  • Monitors compliance to the OSH Program and procedural requirements through informal safety walkabouts, participation in formal workplace inspections and OSH audits.
  • Follow up and investigate incidents/accidents to identify causes and to recommend how such events might be prevented in the future. Work may require use of Apparent Cause Analysis (ACA), Root Cause Analysis, etc.
  • Prepare OSH compliance reports.
  • Other duties, as required


  • Occupational Health and Safety Professional Certificate recognized for CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) designation or equivalent. If incumbent does not have the designation, must be capable and willing to obtain within a reasonable period of time. Industrial Hygiene certification is desirable.
  • Five years of safety related and relevant experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience gained in a nuclear environment.
  • Demonstrates "safety first" attitude; ensures activities are conducted with CNL, public and employee safety foremost in mind.
  • Ability to maintain and grow safety knowledge including industry best practices and pending changes in legislation.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication (active listening, oral expression/comprehension; written expression/comprehension) and training/presentation skills.
  • Resource, observe, receive, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources.
  • Physically fit, able to be physically active (standing, walking) for many hours a day. Able to manage stairs, ladders and other egress equipment to enter all site and building areas including confined space. Able to use personal protective equipment including a respirator.
  • Near vision, ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Strong short-term memory, ability to remember what is seen and heard for reporting.
  • Problem recognition and analytical capabilities for problem solving is essential for supporting the improvement of safety across HWPMO projects. Must have the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong:
  • Inductive reasoning, ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive reasoning, ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Analyze data or information; identify the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Evaluate information to determine compliance with standards: use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, federal/provincial regulations, or standards.
  • Identify objects, actions, and events: identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Critical thinking, use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Must be capable of acting as an authority in industrial safety legislation relating to general operational systems, construction and demolition environments.
  • Must be willing to develop and maintain expertise in specific federal and provincial legislation that affects occupational health and safety within the HWPMO projects. Knowledge of CNL OSH Program would be considered an asset.
  • A working knowledge of radiation protection principles would be an asset. Must be willing to undertake and successfully complete formal and on-the-job CNL Radiation Protection training relevant to this position.
  • Must be familiar with Incident/Event investigation process.
  • Must have a general knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Familiar with office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as the development of databases, health and safety statistics and word processing. 


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