Health & Safety Coordinator

May 3 2024
Categories Health, Security, Disability,
Woodbridge, ON • Full time

Job Description

About Walker

Walker Industries, a fifth-generation, family-owned company founded in 1887, operates from its base in the Niagara Region with facilities across Canada and the United States. We employ more than 1,200 people in environmental waste management and recovery, renewable energy, paving and construction, aggregates, and emulsions chemistries.

Growth and transformation are a natural part of our business and our employees evolve with us.

We are looking for a Health & Safety Coordinator at our Walker Grease Trap Services - Woodbridge location.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Health & Safety Manager, the incumbent coordinates the health and safety process within the Walker Environmental division (specifically the Organic Resource Recovery operation) to ensure that all employees are working in a safe manner and are properly trained to perform their job safely and effectively. The incumbent motivates and promotes safe attitudes and behaviours consistent with our Superior Safety Culture through field level engagement. The incumbent will be tasked with ensuring minimal disruptions to our operations caused by accidents, injuries, or regulatory violations. You will be exposed to inherently hazardous environments, various chemicals, biological waste, and physical hazards.

Education & Job Knowledge

Minimum college Occupational Health and Safety diploma or a university degree in OHS. Working towards a CRSP designation is an asset.

WHMIS and Adult learning theory would be an asset.


Greater than one year but less than or equal to two years of health and safety experience, preferably in a hazardous waste management or industrial setting.

Certificates, Licenses, or Registration

The incumbent must possess a valid Driver's License in order to travel to various work sites.

Travel Requirements

The incumbent will be required to travel to various work sites daily and overnight to perform health and safety audits, conduct training sessions, consult, and advise. The incumbent will be required to travel to sites in Ontario, Halifax, Alberta and to British Columbia. The nature of the work requires the incumbent to work overnight shifts from time to time for the purposes of site inspections during Grease Trap Services operations.

Physical Effort

Typically, this position would require long periods of sitting with the frequent requirement to stand or move about. The incumbent would be required to kneel, reach, stoop, bend, stretch, and carry moderately heavy (up to 30 lbs) objects like safety supplies and training material as well as light objects consistent with usual office materials such as paper, files, and other office supplies. During inspections and investigations, the incumbent may be required to squat, climb ladders to access different elevations, and crawl into or through confined spaces.

Working Environment

20% in the office and 80% in the field requirements.

Flexibility in working hours and locations is essential for this role in order to perform duties at multiple locations with varying shift start times and overnight work is a requirement. This role supports operations across Canada, as a result the incumbent needs to be available during core hours of operations in various time zones. There is a requirement to be on-call 24 hours per day, Monday through Friday in the event of an emergency.

Frequent exposure to dust, dirt, noxious fumes, weather conditions, and other sensory attributes may be experienced while performing on-site visits, operating a motor vehicle, and traveling by airplane (80%). On-site visits will expose the incumbent to uneven surfaces and moving machinery. The level of noise at any given time is moderate to extreme. The incumbent will be exposed to hazardous waste materials, this may deter potential candidates who are sensitive to such conditions or seeking an odourless work environment.


  • Promotes and reinforces superior safety initiatives throughout their area of coverage to ensure work is being completed in a safe manner while adhering to legislated standards and company Safety Management System (SMS) policies.
  • Provides assistance in creating site-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Plans, coordinates, and administers (when possible) health and safety training programs including SMS topics, new employee orientations, and start-up training.
  • Reviews workplace inspection reports, and safety meeting minutes to prepare and provide weekly/monthly accident/incident reports to the Health and Safety Manager, and the VP of Health and Safety to meet Key Performance Indicator (KPI) requirements. Follows up on concerns and recommendations.
  • Performs on-site inspections and audits of physical conditions of various business units to assess sites, compile results, and corrective action plans and communicate the results to highlight potential areas for improvement. Supports the sites in completing Hazard Assessments.
  • Provides support and mentoring to the Joint Health & Safety Committees for all business units by attending meetings when possible and reviewing minutes to ensure that issues and concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Provides support throughout the return-to-work process to ensure claims costs are controlled.
  • Provides site support for incident investigations.
  • As required, assists in the creation and distribution of safety alerts/safety innovations that are written by operations.
  • Support sites in safety talk facilitation when possible.


  • This position requires a demonstrated degree of initiative and judgment in order to organize and prioritize daily tasks. Courtesy, tact and diplomacy are required in dealing with colleagues in everyday working relationships.
  • Knowledge of legislative requirements of multiple jurisdictions as well as best practices.
  • Demonstrated presentation and facilitation skills are required to effectively train team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to pay close attention to detail and keep accurate records to track training requirements and record accident details.
  • Demonstrated computer software skills to produce documents, reports and presentations as required.
  • Business acumen - demonstrated understanding of quality standards relative to health and safety initiatives.
  • Able to work with limited supervision and to take discretionary action as required, exercise solid judgment in unusual circumstances.
  • Proficient in English, French proficiency is considered an asset.
  • Proficient communication skills, both oral and written, to disseminate information with clarity, in one-on-one or group situations, or over the telephone.
  • Professional manner, tact, diplomacy, and discretion in dealing with associates and senior management.
  • Thorough - makes sure work is done correctly and thoroughly, attentive to details, keeps accurate records.
  • Proactive - anticipates and initiates action to meet needs.
  • Adaptable - able to work with diverse personalities and styles.
  • Flexibility to respond to a range of different work situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to respect confidentiality and dignity of employees.
  • Fluent in legislative requirements for British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
  • Bilingual (English and French) is a strong asset.
  • Experience working in unionized environments.
  • Direct experience with Safety Software (EHS).

Experience the Benefits of Working at Walker

Career Support

  • Education reimbursement, training, and professional development opportunities
  • Internal advancement opportunities at all levels
  • Reimbursement of professional dues and tuition

Health & Well Being

  • Wellness subsidy to support healthy lifestyle
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Culture & Community

  • 2 paid volunteer days per year
  • Social and networking events

Salary/Wage & Benefits

  • Competitive salary including a bonus component ($58k-80k per annum)
  • Group health/dental/vision/prescription drug plans
  • Paid vacation days
  • Short-term and long-term disability plans
  • Term life insurance and critical illness
  • Retirement programs including Pension, RRSP and TFSA

To learn more, visit

Walker Industries Head Office

2800 Thorold Townline Road

Niagara Falls, ON

L2E 6S4

How to Apply

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please contact us with the "Need Help" button in the application.

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