Reporting to the Director of Organizational Development and Employee Health Services, the Occupational Health Nurse is responsible for actively participating in the needs assessment, development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the Occupational Health Program. This includes programs to address occupational hazards specific to the healthcare setting: biological hazards (e.g. tuberculosis, blood borne pathogens, influenza and other infectious agents); physical hazards, chemical hazards, and ergonomic/psycho-social hazards. It also includes proactive management of WSIB claims, and assisting the hospital to meet new and existing legislative standards, while supporting the values of the hospital – Respect, Accountability, Compassion and Teamwork.
- Ongoing support for all occupational/ non-occupational illnesses and injuries
- Assessing employee’s fitness to work and appropriate work restrictions
- Liaise with Directors, Supervisors, Human Resources, Employees, WSIB and Insurance Companies to ensure safe and early return to work, transitional work and permanent accommodation
- Following up on workplace injuries and incidents and participating actively in quality improvement initiatives
- Pro-active management of WSIB claims
- Ensuring compliance with OHA/OMA protocols around Communicable Disease Surveillance
- Providing pre-placement health assessments, primary care and immunizations to employees
- Providing education and training to employees on health and safety issues
- Providing ongoing development of best practices and create and review policies and procedures as required
Qualifications and Experience Required:
- Baccalaureate Degree In Nursing with current Certificate of Competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario
- C C.O.H.N. (C) certification or eligible for certification preferable
- Recent Occupational Health nursing experience in a unionized environment, preferably in a health care setting
- Demonstrated expertise in Occupational Health and Safety, WSIB claims management, wellness, early and safe return to work and attendance management programs
- Proven experience managing all aspects of WSIB, Short and Long Term Disability claims
- Strong working knowledge of relevant legislation, e.g. Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Human Rights Code
- Certificate or diploma in Occupational Health an asset
- Recent Emergency room or critical care experience an asset
- Certificate or diploma in Disability Management such as National Institute of Disability Management (NIDMAR) an asset
- Demonstrated excellence in decision making and critical thinking to perform detailed analysis, identify problems and recommend and implement solutions
- Demonstrated ability to be self motivated and work with minimal supervision, along with being an effective team player
- Strong organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to multi task within a fast paced and high volume environment
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with employees, union representatives and management at all levels
- Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, including documentation and presentation skills
- Demonstrated strong computer skills including Parklane, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
This position will contribute to ensuring there is a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.
Guelph General Hospital is committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment which provides equal opportunities to people with disabilities.
Qualified applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume with reference to Job # NU-15-001 to:
While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.