Safety Manager - Vancouver Drydock

Location: Vancouver, BC
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2016
Expiration Date: 26 Sep 2016
Job Type: Full-Time

Company Summary:

Be part of the winning team. Seaspan is looking for talented employees to apply for rewarding work in the shipbuilding industry in North Vancouver and Victoria, BC—to fill jobs in our operations, ashore, management, service and at-sea teams.

Whether you’re a shipbuilder, tradesperson, project manager, planner, scheduler, engineer, or are a safety, IT or finance professional, you’ll find a fulfilling career in one of our two amazing locations. All Seaspan employees are entitled to:

- compensation and benefits that provide an excellent standard of living on Canada’s beautiful West Coast
- training, mentorship and broad opportunities for advancement and skills development
- a progressive work environment that supports health, fitness, safety and diversity
- support for families, including scholarships and summer job placements for your children
- job security—with multiple operations, a wide range of satisfied clients and our $8 billion federal contract, we will be building ships for decades to come.

From the beginning, we were “In It to Win It,” and now the work begins to build Canada’s shipbuilding future, right here on the West Coast of British Columbia. Seaspan was awarded a coveted $8 billion federal contract to build seven new non-combat ships. We’ve been building ships in Vancouver since 1902, and now we’re sharing our passion with a new generation of shipbuilders.

Job description:

The Safety Manager for Vancouver Drydock and the W Building, located in North Vancouver, is responsible for the implementation and on-going maintenance of the safety management system.  The Safety Manager initiates and monitors safety programs, develops policy and procedures, overseas the audit program, liaises with external auditors (i.e. LRQA) and plans safety training.  The role ensures regulatory compliance and that all managers, supervisors and employees receive the appropriate training and education to fulfill their roles safely.


- Implements the safety management system in line with applicable OHSAS standard through coaching and instruction to Managers and Supervisors on their individual legal obligations and assisting them to integrate these duties into daily activities.

- Updates and maintains the safety management system on an ongoing basis ensuring it remains current and relevant.  Responsible for leading the Third Party OHSAS audits.

- Develops and recommends strategies on the implementation of safety management systems, education and training programs, accident prevention initiatives, industrial hygiene (prevention of exposure), engineering controls, first aid provisions, emergency response, fire safety, accident investigations and injury reporting protocols.

- Assists in the development and implementation of the health and safety training program (s).
Produces the internal audit program, for the formulation of action plans (that are subsequent to the audit) and for achieving full compliance with audit recommendations.

- Manages the safety team in terms of personal performance, expectations, AMS goals, motivation and team building.  Establishes actions plans with the Safety Coordinators and conducts quarterly reviews on progress and completion of action items.

- Assists the Director, Safety & Environment on all regulatory appeals i.e. WCB Order, Administrative Penalties and Prosecutions, WCB Assessments, Federal Directives or Prosecutions and handles all incident investigations where there is a risk of prosecution.

- Acts as an internal resource for divisional/operational Managers with regards to the company’s health and safety policies.  Monitors and reports levels of compliance to the Director, Safety & Environment.

- Communicates and works with Union leaders on safety policy development and implementation.  Assists the Director, Safety & Environment to search for consensus so that safety policies are accepted by the Union leaders.

- Develops and implements procedures that will ensure consistency during work activities.  Takes a lead role in risk management, hazard assessment; task analysis training in risk control, corrective actions and monitoring effectiveness of new and existing control measures.

- Inspects the worksite and conducts vessel visits, spends time talking to and listening to employees. Communicates how initiatives are being received and how effective they are with Managers.

- Networks and shares information with various external bodies i.e. local emergency response, fire departments, local council, Transport Canada, Transportation Safety Board, HRDC and Worksafe BC to ensure good relationships are developed, to keep informed of any regulatory changes and to become a stakeholder in any review bodies.

- Assists the Director, Safety & Environment on various safety issues that impact the wider industry group, i.e. Council of Marine Carriers, Joint Industry Safety Committee, and any Worksafe BC working groups.

- Partners with Managers and coaches them on how they can contribute and influence change through their own actions.  Apprises Managers of new and forthcoming legislative changes and internal policy changes.

- Leads the monthly safety/operations management reviews.

- Oversees accident investigation and develops/implements a root cause analysis system.  Collects data, develops trends and communicates the common reasons why accidents are occurring in work sites.

- Oversees the Safety Corrective Action System and ensures completion of corrective actions that are raised.  Links the corrective action system to the accident investigation/root cause analysis process so that Safety Coordinators and Managers can review accident data and trends.

- Maintains the Health and Safety Manual and Master’s Standing Orders (Section C) ensuring the information is current, relevant and up to date.  Develops innovative methods to transfer/communicate information to supervisors and employees.

- Researches and implements specific projects as directed by Director, Safety & Environment.

Education and Experience

- Completion of a diploma or degree in Occupational Health and Safety.
- A minimum of 5-7 years experience in safety compliance, with at least 3 years spent in health and safety management role in the shipbuilding or marine transportation industries.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Enrollment in or completion of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation is required.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

- Solid understanding and application of Health and Safety Regulations in BC and Canada, including Worksafe BC Regulations, Canada Labour Code Part II, Marine Occupational Safety and Health 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.

- Demonstrates the 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.

- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

- The ability to support Managers and Supervisors with their safety responsibilities.

- Strong leadership ability and sound judgment skills.

- Ability to develop innovative solutions that will impact behaviour and continually draw focus on personal safety as being the top operating priority.

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.

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