Occupational Health And Safety Officer (GMG/AM 4)

Reference
VAC-31352
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Environment, Health & Safety, Government & Public Sector
Location
Kingston
Salary
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
15/04/2019
Expiry Date
03/05/2019
The incumbent is responsible for administering all occupational health and safety matters for the Department, for the promotion of a healthy and safe work environment in keeping with the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manages the development and implementation of the Department’s Occupational Safety and Health policies and strategies in keeping with approved regulations and guidelines by the competent authorities;
  • Evaluate practices, procedures and facilities to assess risk and adherence to the law, encourage cooperation and consultation for continuous improvement in safety and health levels.
  • Interprets and implements Government’s OSHA and policies;
  • Ensures that new or revised policies are implemented and fully understood;
  • Maintains network links with occupational health and safety practitioners to keep abreast of new developments and best practices;
  • Identifies areas where health and safety improvements are needed and develops proposals to rectify same;
  • Provides accurate and appropriate advice to the Director, Employee Relations and occupational Health and safety on all occupational health and safety issues of the Department;
  • Monitors the implementation of policies concerning occupational health and safety and conditions of work to ensure compliance with terms and agreement of labour contract and international best practices;
  • Investigates health and safety related complaints and prepares reports;
  • Maintains and updates Emergency Response Plans and Procedures;
  • Investigates and reports on accidents/incidents at the work place;
  • Conducts Occupational Health & Safety seminars;
  • Conducts occupational health and safety research to underpin the development of approaches/strategies to deal with specific challenges;
  • Researches past arbitration decisions, grievances related to occupational health and safety and implement measures to mitigate;
  • Designs, develops, conducts and analysis staff satisfaction surveys;
  • Develops and implements recommendation arising from staff satisfaction surveys and other research;
  • Facilitates the timely resolution of grievances and industrial disputes stemmingfrom occupational health and safety issues;
  • Consults with stakeholders to address occupational health and safety issues ;
  • Investigates and participates in matters relating to occupational health and safety and ensure the correct procedures are followed with a view to arrive at amicable resolution;
  • Develops and establishes an active programme for OSHA that supports the legal framework and employment policies for the Government of Jamaica (employer) and participates in implementing appropriate systems for a healthy and safe work environment.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent knowledge of the Staff Orders
  • Good knowledge of Labour Laws and Industrial Relations practices
  • Good knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and practices
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards and compliance requirements
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent planning, organizing, conflict management, time management and negotiating skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Strong leadership and motivational skills
  • Good decision making skills and analysis
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to conduct investigations and produce reports accordingly

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or Occupational Health & Safety or Risk Management or equivalent qualification and training;
  • Specialized training in Occupational Health and Safety;
  • Three (3) years’ experience in a similar capacity;

 

While we thank all applicants for their interest, please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

 

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