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Workplace Health Consultant


UBC Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada


$7,071.58 - $10,169.00 CAD Monthly

Employment Type

Full-time, Temporary

Job Summary

This is a one year term appointment for leave coverage.

The Workplace Health Consultant provides leadership and expertise across the University to prevent and reduce the incidence and severity of occupational disease and musculoskeletal injuries and to support UBC staff and faculty thriving in a healthy, safe, and accessible workplace. As a part of the interdisciplinary Workplace Health Services (WHS) team, the Workplace Health Consultant develops and delivers campus-wide innovative and evidence-based programming, builds strategic and influential partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, identifies and implements collaborative learning opportunities, and provides subject-matter expertise to support and promote employee health and safety across UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan campuses.

The Workplace Health Consultant provides occupational health expertise and assessments across complex and diverse portfolios and work settings including office, laboratory, animal care services, food services, childcare, building services, mechanical shops, and dentistry.

Job Duties

• Develops, implements, evaluates, and continuously improves the University’s Ergonomics and Occupational & Preventive Health (OPH) programs to support employees thriving in a safe, accessible, and healthy workplace and ensuring compliance with federal and provincial legislative regulations (WorkSafeBC, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Immunization Guidelines, BC Centre for Disease Control, etc.).

• Oversees and is accountable for the operations of the OPH program across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

• Influences occupational disease and ergonomic injury prevention through strategic partnership-building and collaboration with faculties, departments, and administrative units.

• Advises and provides subject-matter expertise to Heads, Senior Managers, Safety Committees, and Safety and Risk Services to eliminate/minimize the risk of occupational disease and musculoskeletal injury.

• Oversees and develops systematic evaluation and analysis of UBC’s occupational disease trends statistics.

• Determines evidence-based recommendations to reduce the incidence and severity of occupational injury and disease across the University. Negotiates and facilitates the implementation of these measures.

• Conducts formal ergonomics and occupational health risk assessments by assessing work environments, analyzing risk factors, and applying ergonomic and occupational health principles to develop effective control measures. Creates written reports, including exposure control plans, for distribution to departmental senior managers and other key stakeholders.

• Evaluates the outcome of risk reduction strategies and makes evidence-based recommendations to refine or enhance such strategies, as needed.

• Liaises with physicians, rehabilitation service providers, other health professionals and insurers (e.g. WSBC, ICBC).

• Identifies and leverages knowledge translation opportunities. Designs and delivers presentations and training for staff, faculty and departmental units based on ergonomic and occupational health needs of the University and in support of UBC’s strategic plan.

• Educates and guides staff and faculty on safe work procedures, hazard controls, and medical surveillance protocols based on risk assessment in compliance with regulatory standards and researching evidence-based best practice techniques.

• Consults with the internal and external specialists (e.g. BCCDC, WSBC, etc.) and other stakeholders to develop protocols, practices and procedures to ensure compliance with provincial and federal regulations and to support a safe and healthy workplace.

• Conducts Job Demands Analysis (JDA) assessments and develops reports.

• Provides technical expertise and guidance on ergonomics and occupational disease-related incidents/accidents (I/A); leads ergonomics-related I/A investigations when necessary; provides expertise and occupational health content for University-wide exposure control plans; evaluates exposure incidents and determines reporting to the WSBC Occupational Disease Exposure Registry.

• Analyzes program statistics and other metrics to evaluate program development, inform strategic planning, and include in annual reporting.

• Collaborates with researchers from different disciplines at UBC to conduct joint research initiatives that evaluate innovative approaches for occupational disease and injury prevention.

• Oversees the procuring of ergonomic loaner equipment, determining equipment suitability and prioritizing distribution based on need.

• Provides technical expertise to designers, project managers, and purchasing managers on ergonomic factors to both reduce the risk of injury and create the right conditions to support healthy work performance.

• Negotiates with external vendors to procure ergonomic equipment to secure the most cost-effective office ergonomic equipment solutions for the University.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Employee Benefits

In 2023, UBC is once again recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for our leadership in offering an exceptional place to work with progressive and forward-thinking programs. Among the reasons cited for UBC making the list:

UBC's commitment to help employees and the campus community explore mental health — through the annual Thrive event, a month-long series of activities and, as part of the health benefits plan, offers a generous mental health practitioner benefit of up to $3,000 annually.

Supporting employees through various stages of life, from maternity leave top-up payments for mothers-to-be and flexible work options to phased-in retirement work options for those in the later stages of their career.

Retirement planning assistance services and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan.
Beautiful campuses, including access from the Vancouver campus to a hiking trail along the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea.

What You Bring

Minimum Qualifications:

• Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of four to five years of related work experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own
• Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in ergonomics, occupational or public health is preferred.
• Experience conducting ergonomics and occupational health risk assessments across a wide variety of work environments.
• Experience working in a large, complex, unionized environment.
• Demonstrated ability to think critically and strategically, and from an organizational perspective, to translate into practical, implementable solutions appropriate to the organizational context.
• Proven skills in leadership, strategic thinking, and operational effectiveness.
• Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills are required to implement programs across a diverse group of staff and departments.
• Effective people management and coaching skills.
• Ability to communicate well, make and deliver effective presentations, and prepare senior level reports.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and resolve conflict.
• Demonstrated experience managing projects, meeting deadlines, and resolving unexpected and/or ambiguous situations or issues.
• Commitment to personal learning, development, and improvement in pursuit of own objectives and those of the team and organization.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and electronic records management systems.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out a Candidate Referral Form. 

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