Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator

  • Merritt (Thompson-Nicola Regional District)
  • Marketing

Job description

Are you a resourcer?

Veolia helps its customers to improve their energy efficiency, better manage their buildings, their water and wastewater and transform their waste into resources. We do this by finding safe, cost-effective and innovative solutions that we provide to our many clients (companies, garages, hospitals, municipalities, etc.). These make us THE global reference in the environment.

To fully participate in Canada's circular economy, we can count on more than 1500 employees like you! Currently, we are recruiting our next resource person whose role will be:

Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator located in Merritt, British Columbia.

Merritt Green Energy is a 40MW biomass electric generating plant currently in operation in British Columbia, Canada. The plant started commercial operation in the 1st quarter of 2018 and is currently in the later stages of commissioning, testing and tuning. The plant is operated and maintained by Veolia with a staff of approximately 24 FTE under a 30 year guaranteed performance contract. The plant will also be supplied by Veolia with 200,000 oven dry tons of biomass fuel per year.


The Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Coordinator is responsible for planning, collaborating on, implementing, and maintaining a variety of site and corporate health, safety and environmental programs to assure the highest degree of workplace safety for employees, as well as compliance with all related regulatory requirements.

The EH&S Coordinator will be tasked with developing a comprehensive EH&S program and be responsible for safety training, employee & visitor onboarding, writing and implementing safety programs, conducting regular safety meetings as well as onsite safety audits.

The EH&S Coordinator is expected to continue their professional training and development and to continually improve their skills and obtain increasingly greater qualifications.

Primary responsibilities:

· Adhere to applicable safety and environmental standards, regulations and company policies
· Provide safety support and information to employees
· Identify safety training needs and develop safety training initiatives
· Assist in Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment activities
· Participate in the development and updating of Job Safety Analysis/Risk Assessments as required
· Perform internal safety audits and be available to participate in Corporate EH&S audits
· Promote safety awareness through communication and specific training activities
· Co-Chair plant's JOSH Committee meetings and communicate best practices with other sites
· Conduct effective EH&S related training for employees, contractors and visitors
· Assist in the development and implementation of EH&S related policies, procedures and programs to assure compliance with all national, provincial, local and company-specific regulations & requirements
· Conduct EH&S related workplace inspections and participate in accident/incident investigations to identify root-cause and appropriate corrective actions
· Properly respond to day-to-day EH&S related issues in a timely and efficient manner
· Maintain required detailed record keeping and EH&S related documentation; report EH&S required data to Corporate Office
· Monitor and report on plant safety goals and objectives
· Ensure employees understand EH&S and regulatory requirements required to maintain a safe work environment.
· Support Emergency Preparedness Procedures and conduct & evaluate Emergency Response Drills at site
· Manage the site SDS system
· Evaluate plans, drawings and specifications related from a safety perspective
· Liaise with other Veolia business units and corporate head office on matters concerning workplace safety, health and environmental issues.
· Direct, coach, train, orient and work effectively with other staff
· Successfully manage and complete all EH&S related work assignments and duties in a timely manner
· Coordinate with HR on Workers Compensation and Return-to-Work matters
· May provide supervisory oversight to Contractors
· May have the opportunity to assist and work at the other business units for short assignments.
· May be required to assist and work at the other plant (in Ft St James) for short assignments
· Must participate in professional development, both internal and external and must continue professional education and certification
· Other related duties as assigned

Ideal candidate profile

Qualifications :


·  CSP certification or safety management diploma (2 year), ideally related to workplace safety or hygiene
·  3 years' experience in an industrial environment
·  Practical knowledge of Canadian Safety regulatory requirements
·  The candidate must possess a valid BC Class 5 driver's license.
·  Possess excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively interact with employees at all levels in a construction environment
·  Effective communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills and demonstrated supervisory skills are highly desired


·  Solid computer skills: proficiency with spreadsheet, email, and word processing software required; Google suite of applications preferred
·  Working knowledge of Safety Management Software (Intelex) applications will be an asset.


·  Previous experience in an industrial setting would be an asset
·  Preferred First-Aid (L3)/CPR/AED Certified
·  Previous experience working with the Trades, maintenance or in construction
·  Material handling and exposure to heavy equipment will be an asset
·  Experience working with biomass


Be able to work for prolonged periods in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions. Be able to tolerate dust and other airborne particles and work around other materials such as biomass, diesel and lube oils. Under certain conditions while working in the plant, may be required to wear a respirator and/or fall protection equipment. Required to wear safety equipment and FR clothing where appropriate. Requires frequent stooping, bending, climbing, reaching and carrying, use of hand tools (shovels, brooms, sledgehammers, picks) and moving heavy objects. Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and to enter and work in confined spaces.


Monday Friday, 40 hours per week. Must be available for overtime if required by site and be willing to relocate to Merritt B.C.


Occasional travel to the sister plant in Ft St James, BC or to the Vancouver, BC head office may be required.