Occupational Hygienist-OHS

Mississauga

Job Description

ECOH has an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Hygienist to join our growing Occupational Health and Safety team. The Occupational Hygienist will provide occupational hygiene support to a variety of client types.  The Occupational Hygienist will help clients maintain workplace health and safety by identifying and evaluating, exposure to chemical, physical, ergonomic, and biological hazards and recommending control measures. The responsibilities of the occupational hygienist will vary depending on the industry, workplace, and the types of hazards affecting workers.

The Occupational Hygienist will assist in the oversight of consulting projects, which may include contract/proposal preparation, technical project management, report preparation/review, quality assurance, and financial management.  In addition, the Occupational Hygienist work with the Director, Health and Safety and various Project Managers to support business development initiatives, including maintaining current client relationships, as well as attracting new clients.  This position is suited to individuals seeking a key position with an established and expanding company, within a rapidly growing industry, and for those with an entrepreneurial spirit looking for progressive career advancement.

Roles & Responsibilities

Here is what you will be doing:

Site Activities and Assessments:

  • Working with field scientists to perform occupational hygiene, mould, IAQ, infection control and exposure assessments, and preparing investigation reports. May also include on-site inspection and sampling during abatement / remediation activities.
  • Scheduling inspections and meetings with clients/contractors.
  • Ensuring the wellbeing and safety of workers and building occupants relevant to work for which ECOH is responsible.
  • Identifying site issues or project concerns and recommending corrective actions.
  • Identifying hazardous conditions and practices in equipment, systems, products, and facilities. This includes observing and investigating work practices and the working environment to determine conformity to good occupational hygiene practice and legal requirements.
  • Identifying and evaluating methods to control hazards, such as engineering controls, administrative controls, and protective equipment.
  • Examining the probability and severity of accidents and illnesses that may result from hazardous practices and harmful exposure.
  • Testing and evaluating control systems, for example noise and ventilation systems, as well as personal protective equipment.
  • Conducting interviews with building maintenance staff and others to discuss operation of building systems, locations of identified problems, nature of occupant complaints and any other hygiene issues. This may include a physical review of building systems and occupied / service areas of buildings.
  • Liaison between clients and contractors.
  • Some work with our hazardous materials group (i.e. designated substance and asbestos surveys) may occasionally be required.

Consulting, Collection and Interpretation of Various Occupational Hygiene Samples:

  • Working with field scientists to conduct occupational hygiene surveys in accordance with accepted sampling and analytical methods.
  • Preparing and calibrating sampling equipment for field use.
  • Being comfortable entering hazardous environments, where adequate training and protective equipment and measures have been provided.
  • On-site collection of samples, including but not necessarily limited to mould, indoor air quality, noise and various chemical samples.
  • Interpreting and/or analyzing sample/data results in relation to legislative requirements and industry accepted guidelines and criteria.
  • Ensuring work is done in accordance with established quality control systems (e.g. use of AIHA-accredited laboratories).

Reports and Drawings Detailing Assessment Findings & Recommendations:

  • Preparing hand-written site inspection reports in a neat and legible manner.
  • Reporting of contractor performance.
  • Preparing written reports of findings, summarizing, collating and interpreting the result of field investigations.
  • Liaising with AutoCAD technologists to prepare drawings as required and when necessary to show the results of field investigations.
  • Anticipating hazards based on experience, historical data, knowledge of occupational hygiene and other information sources.
  • Ensuring timely and accurate submission of internal reporting documents (time & expense reports, purchase orders, etc.).
  • Preparing draft and final written reports.
  • Presenting results and providing advice to Project Managers and/or clients.

Qualifications

Here are the skills you will possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in occupational health, biology, physics, or a related field is required.
  • Certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is an asset.
  • At least 2 to 3 years of hygiene related experience, preferably in the consulting industry, is required.
  • Knowledge of occupational hygiene issues and experience with conducting exposure assessments, water damage, mould and IAQ investigations.
  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment, including (if required) respiratory protection devices, specialized clothing, work boots, hard hats hearing protection, etc.
  • Ability to lift boxes, equipment and or coolers not exceeding 20kg.
  • Ability to organize activities and accomplish tasks in assigned time frames.
  • Detailed oriented with respect to data collection and recording skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with project managers, clients and fellow staff and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to travel out of the city or province for short or long periods.
  • Must demonstrate strong initiative and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to work alone and/or in remote locations as required.
  • Valid driver’s license and adequate insurance must be maintained at all times.
  • General to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication and critical thinking skills