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Health & Safety Specialist

Hamilton, ON

 The Opportunity:

As part of Maple Leaf Food’s Operations team, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Company’s Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) programs, policies, systems and reports for the Heritage Plant. This position will ensure legislative and Plant compliance with occupational health and safety by “on the floor” involvement with operations.  This position will include but not limited to; assisting in the development of safe work procedures, training, claims management and assessing/controlling risk to reduce/eliminate accidents/incidents which cause personal injury and/or property damage. The goal of this position will be to standardize safe work methods and recognize high impact behaviours to achieve a world class health and safety program.  The successful candidate will be involved in all Health & Safety activities related to the Heritage Plant. 

Any MLF team member interested in being considered for this role are encouraged to apply online by july 22. Applications received beyond that date are not guaranteed consideration.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Develops and constructs Safe Work Procedures (SWP) identifying the basic job steps and tasks and their associated hazards and risks and develops safe operating procedures and hazard controls towards sustaining our OHS maturity and growth.
  • Responsible for enforcing the businesses Golden Rules and other site programs through cross functional team meetings.
  • Maintain OHS metrics and documentation with the ability to present this information to applicable parties
  • Design and deliver training programs for workers, management, and Safety Committee members to comply with legislative requirements and improve Health, Safety, Emergency and Security.
  • Assist in the reduction of Health and Safety risks and hazards through onsite behavioral observations and targeted audits
  • Support Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (PSRs) for installation of a new equipment, structure, protective element or process, or modifications to an existing apparatus, structure, protective element, or process; such reports are to detail the measures (steps, actions, or engineering controls) necessary to bring the construction, addition, installation or modification into compliance with the applicable regulations.
  • Review and monitor on-site Contractor OHS programs and compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Respond to and provide support in accident response, including first aid and support proper investigation and follow up is completed.
  • Support emergency management activities including drills, tabletop exercises, evacuation support and respond to support the incident command structure in the event of an actual emergency.
  • Maintains content and data analysis of supporting software for the site programs under the purview of the department, including and not limited to SAP, iWarehouse, iNet, Alchemy Sistems, and other PPE or vendor specific platforms.
  • Maintain records and documentation for all programs under your purview.  
  • Ability to ensure integrity of data and confidentiality of employee information
  • Ability to support and influence multiple levels of management within an organization

What You’ll Bring:

  • 3-5 years of experience in progressively responsible H&S roles
  • Previous experience working supporting a large client group in a fast-paced environment within specified time frames is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential
  • Knowledge of compliance and regulatory training of all personnel working onsite
  • Computer proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of software – MS Excel, MS Word, MS Power Point & Outlook
  • Previous experience working with regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Labour or Ministry of the Environment would be an asset
  • Knowledge in WSIB claims management would be considered an asset

What We Offer at Maple Leaf Foods:

  • Being part of a high-performance, people-focused company that has an inspiring and unique vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, and a deep commitment to sustainable protein across North America.
  • An inclusive company culture and a work environment that keeps our people safe, rewards excellence, and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that offer flexibility to meet your individual or family needs, including programs focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. These benefits start on your first day of employment.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan with company matching that starts on your first day of employment.
  • Learning and development opportunities, including workshops, ‘speaker series’ events, and resources that allow you to develop your skills and progress your career.
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program that supports continuous learning and development of our team members through investment in eligible degrees, diplomas, professional certification, or trades programs.
  • Supporting our deep commitment to community impact, we offer up to two paid days annually to volunteer at a cause of your choice.

About Us:

We’re a carbon neutral food company on a purposeful journey to Raise the Good in Food through better nutrition, safer food and workplaces, more humane animal care, and environmental sustainability efforts that protect our planet. We care about our communities and commit to reducing food insecurity in Canada. Join us on the journey. Let’s build a better future, together.

We’re passionate about food. For more than 100 years, we’ve made delicious, healthy protein that Canadians love under iconic national and regional brands, like Maple Leaf®, Schneiders®, and Greenfield Natural Meat Co.® We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.
  • We are carbon neutral.
  • We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
  • We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.
We’re a global food company with more than 13,500 team members. We operate sites in 20+ locations across Canada. We also have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and do business in Asia.

A diverse and inclusive work environment

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

We embrace a strong, values-based culture

Our eight Leadership Values are our north star. They guide the decisions we make for all our stakeholders: our consumers, our customers, our people, our communities, our shareholders, and the environment.
  • Doing What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

Disclaimer:  Please note that salaries posted on sites other than the MLF Careers Page are not a reflection of Maple Leaf Foods and are an estimated salary range provided by that particular job board.  Maple Leaf Foods offers competitive wages and an attractive total rewards package, which will be discussed during an interview with our Talent Team.


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