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Occupational Health & Safety Manager

The Valens Company, 230 Carion Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Req #79
October 13, 2021

The Company:

At Valens, we believe in creating products for those who need them. We do things the right way without ever cutting corners. Whether it’s medical or recreational, local, or international, we’re pursuing meaningful extraction, formulation, product development and testing to bring purposeful cannabis to the people.

We each have our unique story, but we have a common goal of creating exceptional products with the end user in mind. We celebrate team wins, big and small, by recognizing the role that everyone has played in it. It is about growing together, learning together and making a positive difference.


The Location:

  • Don’t miss this opportunity to help build and shape the growing cannabis industry!
  • Live, work and play in the sunny Okanagan where nature is at your doorstep.
  • Immerse yourself in an environment where championing the individual is not just a motto, it is a daily practice and how we succeed as a team.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Occupational Health and Safety Manager is responsible for implementing, coordinating, updating, and maintaining continuous improvements for the organization’s Health and Safety Program. This will be accomplished by fostering a positive safety culture, and ensuring that all direct reports, staff, employees, and job sites are kept up to date on all Health and Safety related information and documentation. This position oversees Health & Safety Officers. 

As an Occupational Health and Safety Manager you will:

  • Lead the Health and Safety Program at all sites, monitor its effectiveness, and collaborate with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) with the purpose of improving workplace health and safety.
  • Manage performance of Site Health and Safety Officers and ensure the Health and Safety Program is consistent at all facilities.
  • Ensure the company is legally compliant with all Provincial and Federal regulations.
  • Provide monthly metric & trend reporting to the SLT for the following: incidents, near-misses, loss time days, injury by department and inspection findings.
  • Develop and implement safety initiatives, controls, and procedures to address safety risks in the workplace. This can include developing/delivering training and the implementation of the hierarchy of controls.
  • Notify the Vice President of Operations and other relevant parties of any proposed changes to the operations, which will significantly alter the findings of the risk assessments and safe systems of work.
  • Monitor worker certifications and arrange training/recertification when necessary.
  • Participate and assist in the JOHSC monthly inspections, meetings, and activities, and ensure AED, ETV equipment and First Aid Inventory are maintained.
  • Act in collaboration with Health and Safety Officers to lead and mentor first aid attendants and ensure appropriate first aid coverage is available across all shifts at all times.
  • Work with Health and Safety Officers and appropriate departments to ensure all near miss and safety investigations are completed, determining root cause and corrective actions.
  • Ensure all programs remain current with changing requirements/regulations and is responsible for ensuring the Health and Safety Program is reviewed annually.
  • Develop and review Standard Operation Procedures (SOP’s)/Safe Work Practices and ensure they are current.
  • Submission of Form 7 documentation in a timely manner on all incidents. Key liaison to applicable Provincial Workers Compensation governing body (WorkSafe BC, WSIB).
  • Responsible for facilitating the company’s Return to Work/Recovery at Work program, working with HR and the appropriate department manager to expedite the process.
  • Work towards obtaining and maintaining the AgSafe Certificate for Recognition (COR).
  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the organizations Emergency Evacuation Program and First Aid Protocols for all locations.

As an Occupational Health and Safety Manager you bring:

  • Degree or diploma in a related field (i.e. HSE or OH&S)
  • 5-7 years of prior leadership experience in the field of Occupational Health and Safety.
  • NCSO designation considered a strong asset.
  • Experience overseeing safety program in multiple facilities in different provincial jurisdictions.
  • Experience with the manufacturing industry.
  • A strong understanding of OH &S provincial legislation pertaining to WorkSafeBC and WSIB.
  • Experience developing and implementing an Environmental Program considered an asset.
  • Occupational hygiene related issue resolution considered an asset
  • Exemplary verbal and written English skills, with strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Current OFA3 Certification or willingness to undergo training.
  • Committed to maintaining mutually respectful relationships with others.
  • Ability to effectively manage time, responsibilities, and priorities.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Committed to continuous improvement and fostering a culture of safety.
  • Successful criminal record check is required.

As a valued member of the Valens team, you will enjoy:

  • Competitive total compensation and incentives
  • A top-notch extended benefits package including medical, vision and dental
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative environment that fosters growth and continuous learning

We are grateful for the interest in this role from all candidates, however, we will be contacting only those that are selected for next steps in the hiring process.  

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

The Valens Company is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a welcoming, inclusive, diverse, and safe workplace where all of our team members have equal opportunity to succeed. We know this begins with recruitment. To honor our commitment, Valens encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, ages, and abilities. 

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