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Health & Safety Officer - Sunnybrook Research Institute - Regular Full Time (221397)

Toronto, ON, CA Posted: 4/26/2022 4:50:19 PM

Research Safety and Compliance office at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) provides research safety programs to create a safe work environment, and also to assist SRI staff and trainees in complying with safety regulations. Program elements include: Occupational Health & Safety, Biosafety & Biosecurity, Clinical Biosafety, Chemical Biosafety, Fire Safety, Radiation Safety and Laser safety.

Reporting to Research Safety and Compliance Manager and Biological Safety officer, this person will be responsible for the following:

Responsibilities:

- Manage and organize monthly Joint occupational health and safety (JHSC) meetings

- Organize JHSC inspections, follow up on corrective actions and ensure ongoing compliance

- Represent SRI in Sunnybrook Health Science Center (SHSC) Joint occupational health and Safety committee

- Over-sees the delivery of SHSC Occupational Health and Safety programs to ensure SRI compliance

- Participates in code response, safety incident/exposure investigation, root cause analysis and corrective action generation, follow up and completion.

- Maintain and manages current safety data sheets (SDS) and Pathogen safety data sheets (PSDS) for all controlled products; maintaining inventories of all chemicals and biological materials

- Assist with hazardous chemical, and biohazard risk assessments, mitigation and management

- Assists with other occupational hygiene risk assessment as needed (environmental air sampling, noise, ergonomics, physical hazards)

- Assists in projects to improve research and site safety and related regulatory compliance

- Assists in completions of orders, requests and deadlines for regulatory bodies (MOL, MOH, PHAC, CFIA, etc).

- Assists in development of safety training and strategies for training techniques

- Providing hands on safety training as needed

- Involved in Research Safety and Compliance program development and improvement

Qualifications and skills

- University degree required preferably from a scientific discipline. Graduate degree (MSc) is an asset

- Joint occupational health and safety certification

- Experience in health and safety programs and applicable regulations

- 3-5 years of related experience

- Well-developed communication skills (oral, written and presentation)

- Strong interpersonal skills

- Previous experience in a health care and research laboratories is an asset

- Proficient in Microsoft office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

- Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks

- Excellent attention to detail and highly motivated

- Works well independently as well as in a team environment

- Familiarity with Human Pathogen and Toxins Act/Regulations; Canadian Biosafety standards, Transportation of Dangerous Goods is strongly preferred.


Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Sunnybrook, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); AND have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Hospital’s obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.