Metrolinx - Senior Safety Officer, Occupational Health and Safety & Environment

  • 28 Sep 2020 3:44 PM
    Message # 9270272
    James Calder (Administrator)

    Senior Safety Officer, Occupational Health and Safety & Environment (Competition#OCC0013)

    Employee Status:


    Bargaining Unit:


    Pay Range:

    $82,810 - $111,447


    277 Front Street, Toronto

    Closing Date:


    Metrolinx is connecting communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx operates GO Transit and UP Express, as well as the PRESTO fare payment system. We are also building new and improved rapid transit, including GO Expansion, Light Rail Transit routes, and major expansions to Toronto’s subway system, to get people where they need to go, better, faster and easier. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    We embody our values in everything that we do. We Serve with Passion, Think Forward, and Play as a Team. If you can relate, we want to hear from you!

    Our Occupational Health and Safety & Environment team is seeking a Senior Safety Officer to supervise the administration of the safety program and monitor ongoing alignment with legal and regulatory requirements and the Metrolinx Safety Management System (SMS).

    What will I be doing?

    • Implements safety management programs to eliminate hazards, mitigate risk, and align with the Metrolinx Safety Management Systems; implements corrective action plans to ensure non-compliance issues are addressed appropriately
    • Reviews incident investigations reports; tracks and analyzes accident and injury trends to identify areas for improvement and development, and recommend intervention strategies that enhance safety awareness and reduce accidents; prepares safety performance reports for management review
    • Leads and performs safety assurance audits and inspections of the work of business units and external contractors to identify safety hazards associated with the work performed
    • Leads and coordinates the continual development of safety initiatives with applicable internal/external resources
    • Leads and coordinates with a variety of internal departments to establish annual safety objectives and performance indicators; coordinates with management to develop safety goals, objectives, safety initiatives, and actions plans
    • Liaises with external contractors and safety representatives, and reviews contracts and safety management plans for adherence with safety programs; provides recommendations to meet Metrolinx’ safety requirements
    • Leads and performs risk assessments to eliminate or reduce hazardous effects on the public, passengers and employees; validates corrective actions plans; works with business units on the implementation of corrective action plans.
    • Reports on and investigates critical incidents and those with high-risk potential; investigates or provides close-out of investigations performed by external contractors; coordinates or facilitates complex investigations
    • Collaborates and liaises with external stakeholders, including other transit agencies, and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
    • Liaises and works collaboratively with the broader safety division and business units with respect to hazard identification and control, contractor monitoring, regulatory requirements, accident investigation, and notifications to external authorities
    • Provides direction and active leadership, participates in various meetings, and represents the passenger and public safety group at conferences, committees, presentations, and other events
    • Interfaces with external public agencies, associations, and affiliated groups to stay apprised of industry trends, regulations, and technologies
    • Liaises with external contractors to establish and approve deliverables; monitors contractor compliance with timelines and budget constraints, and monitors adherence to contractual agreements
    • Provides direct supervision and technical expertise to contractors and/or Safety Officers in the execution of their role or mitigation of safety risks; assists with staff training and mentoring; and conducts performance assessments for review by the Manager
    • Leads the development and implements safety related programs and practices throughout the department; trains internal staff, and audits contractor safety

    What skills & qualifications do I need?

    • Completion of a degree in safety or related discipline – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent
    • Minimum six (6) years’ experience developing, coordinating, and monitoring safety programs and activities
    • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation is an asset
    • Knowledge of the interpretation and application of legislative and regulatory requirements including best practices, procedures, and processes governing occupational health and safety, road transportation and/or rail transportation (e.g. Highway Traffic Act, Railway Safety Act, Occupational Health & Safety Act)
    • Ability to assess, prioritize, and respond to manage emergency situations
    • Knowledge of transit operations, property management, and facility operations to contribute to the identification and mitigation of potential safety risks and disruptions to operations
    • Analytical and problem solving skills to examine incidents and problems, detect root causes, and resolve issues
    • Interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills to lead consultations and negotiate/resolve issues
    • Interpersonal, public relations, and oral/written/presentation communication skills to represent Metrolinx with a range of internal and external stakeholders, partners, and contractors, and to prepare safety plans, reports, briefing documents, and policy/procedure recommendations
    • A valid Ontario Class "G" driver's license is required

    Unusual Working Conditions:

    • May be required to work evenings and/or weekends, or an extended work day
    • Works outdoors at locations throughout the Metrolinx network, in all types of weather conditions and at all times of the day or night
    • Frequent exposure to properly controlled hazards (e.g. train movements, vehicle movements, designated substances, fumes, and flammable / combustible agents); required to wear / use personal protective equipment (e.g. hard hats, hearing protection, protective eyewear, protective clothing, fall protection, respirators, and protective footwear)


    Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

    Application Process:

    To apply for this position, please submit your resume online through the Current Opportunities page

    All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Metrolinx will be using email to communicate with you for all job competitions. It is your responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence, we recommend that you check your email regularly. If no response is received, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing the opportunity. Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.

    We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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