The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Safety Advisor


Department: Protective Services and Safety Resources

FTE: 1.0

Status: Permanent

Competition No.: 17034-C

Salary Information: The salary range is $4,327.44 to $5,834.14 per month (Applied Science, Phase 5). The starting salary will commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: Reporting to the Safety Coordinator, the Safety Advisor provides health, safety and environmental management consultation according to best practice and the University’s Safety Management System to build a high performance culture at the organizational, unit and individual level.

The Safety Advisor will work to provide health and safety consultation services to proactively manage and address client needs and requests.  The Safety Advisor will need to coordinate and liaise with stakeholders to ensure appropriate supports are available and program requirements are being met. Other responsibilities will include supporting LSC processes, training, ergonomic assessments, coordinating, scheduling and conducting workplace/worksite inspections, and provide recommendation/corrective actions for improvement as well as conduct/facilitate incident investigation.

Nature of Work: The Safety Advisor position requires regular interaction with clients including consultation, providing advice and process development in support of client needs.  Effective time management and priority setting skills are critical as this position works in a relatively unstructured environment.  The Safety Advisor requires excellent relationship development and client service skills to build rapport and trust with clients.

Working in an environment of continuous change, shifting priorities and frequent interruptions, work volume can be high and complex requiring concentration to manage multiple activities and competing priorities. The Safety Advisor exercises technical, analytical and process driven problem solving and discretionary decision making to manage competing requests and priorities. This position requires regular exercise of discretion regarding confidentiality issues.

Confidentiality and discretion is required as this position is privy to some confidential and sensitive information.

Typical Duties:

  • Support client needs by providing professional consultation services
  • Liaise with Safety Resources staff to ensure program requirements and processes are effectively communicated and delivered to clients
  • Conduct ergonomic assessments
  • Support the development of locally appropriate procedures and processes to support client requests
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct inspections in support of department programs and to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Maintain a high level of client service to facilitate collaboration with client units
  • Conduct incident investigation with college/units, supervisor and other resources as needed
  • Develop, review and maintain procedures to ensure internal processes meet current compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Develop and deliver safety related training material
  • Ensure communications are effective, both internally and externally
  • Ensure participation in professional community, which enhances the reputation of Protective Services and Safety Resources and the University
  • Other assigned duties.

Education: Relevant post-secondary education or OHS Practitioner Diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  A Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation would be an asset.

Experience: A minimum five years of work experience in health, safety and environmental field with knowledge of occupational health and safety standards, regulations and legislations, experience conducting inspections and investigations and experience communicating finding and recommendations.  Previous experience working in a unionized post-secondary academic environment preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability to build productive working relationships
  • Proven ability to lead and engage clients
  • Strong working knowledge of the Saskatchewan OHS Act and Regulations
  • Experience managing and leading health and safety programs
  • Ability to collaborate with others in support of an agreed upon outcome
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Effective planning and organizational skills including managing competing priorities and time management
  • Understanding and demonstrated ability in adult training principles
  • Proficient computer skills

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Applications will be accepted until filled. 

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Pat Hauser at 306-966-8838.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.