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Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator

Toronto - Ethel Av., ON

A Sustainable, Forward Thinking Protein Company

Maple Leaf Foods is a leading meat and plant-based protein company, employing over 11,500 people and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are proud of our roots, which trace back well over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we are committed to creating shared value – creative business value through addressing some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to build a more sustainable food system, which provides nutritious affordable food, operates within planetary limits, cares for animals responsibly, and meaningfully engages with our communities to advance a more just society. We are advancing bold changes within Maple Leaf and more broadly within society to pursue our vision. We deeply believe this is the sustainable path to growth

Our job is to make great food

Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong values-based culture, where our people are deeply engaged in work that is purposeful, fast-paced and challenging.We cultivate an open, non-bureaucratic and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and accountability. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement

Raise the Good in Food

We have united behind a shared purpose – to Raise the Good in Food. This spans a dramatic transformation of our flagship Maple Leaf brand, replacing anything artificial with simple, natural ingredients; investments and process changes to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025; building a diverse and inclusive culture where all talent thrives; becoming a leader in animal care; and advancing food security through our charitable foundation, the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.

Our Leadership Values 

Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

The Opportunity

The Coordinator, Occupational Health and Safety will report to and assist the Occupational Health & Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager in the ongoing development and enhancement of the facility’s Occupational Health and Safety program.  This involves providing technical support, training, implementation, and maintenance of the program to and for all employees and visitors, as well as the administration of both work and non-work related claims.  They will be required to work closely with managers, supervisors, and individual employees to promote Occupational Health and Safety issues in the facility, as well as develop safer, healthier and more efficient ways of working.

The Coordinator, Occupational Health and Safety coordinates Occupational Health and Safety systems within the facility, identifies hazards, assesses risks to Occupational Health and Safety, and ensures appropriate safety controls are in place.  The Coordinator, Occupational and Safety is also responsible for coordinating training, communications, involvement, and accountability--supporting incident prevention and compliance programs.

A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:

  • Promote Occupational Health and Safety, Security and Environmental plans, goals, and objectives.
  • Provide support to hourly and salaried staff by having a visible presence on the production floor.
  • Foster good staff relationships to gain commitment from all employees.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with Corporate Tier 2 policies, Tier 3 standards, and Tier 5 standard operating procedures.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with legislative requirements.
  • File Workers' Compensation reports, ensuring all required information is clearly presented and reported to the Board within timelines outlined in the Workers’ Compensation legislation. 
  • Assist employees in filing claim reports when required. 
  • Report applicable medical history, attendance, financial information, job history, etc. to the appropriate insurance carrier.
  • Challenge and appeal any claims with a questionable incident.
  • Assist with the rehabilitation of employees after incidents or injuries, and ensure return-to-work placements are conducted productively, consistently within restrictions, and in a cost-effective manner.
  • Produce reports and statistical information.
  • Perform administrative duties of data entry and filing.
  • In the absence of a Manager or Supervisor, Occupational Health and Safety, develop and communicate Occupational Health and Safety systems, including facility policies and procedures.
  • Develop and deliver safety training to all newly hired employees, outlining all safety policies and programs, identifying roles and responsibilities, and obtaining acknowledgement from each employee. 
  • Conduct job safety analyses (JSA), safe work procedures (SWP), and physical demands descriptions (PDD).
  • Provide support to and follow up with the supervisors regarding incident investigation reports; specifically, identifying root causes and following up on outstanding or ineffective corrective actions.
  • In the absence of a Manager or Supervisor, Occupational Health and Safety, prepare weekly safety messages for supervisors.  This includes determining the appropriate topic and ensuring that the supervisor is prepared and able to deliver the required information effectively.
  • Monitor departmental safety activities including safety meetings, inspections, training, task observations, investigations.
  • Seek continuous improvement to Occupational Health and Safety programs by assisting in monthly department safety inspections, periodic and annual audits, and the implementation of subsequent action plans.
  • In the absence of a Manager or Supervisor, Occupational Health and Safety, assess training requirements for management, supervision, and Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee members, as well as coordinate appropriate training sessions.
  • Conduct and coordinate training sessions for management, supervisors, and employees on Occupational Health and Safety practices, legislation, and industry changes.
  • Reduction/elimination of incidents and injuries.
  • Reduction of Workers’ Compensation costs through incident prevention and remediation.
  • Maintain safety management systems (i.e., adherence to laws, regulations, and policies) for due diligence purposes.
  • Represent company to external auditors and enforcement authorities.
  • Reinforce company values.
  • Maintain positive relations with employees, management, and external enforcement agencies.
  • Promote impact of programs on employee health and productivity.

What we have to offer you:

  • Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Professional and career development opportunities
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program

What you will bring:

  • 1-2 years of general manufacturing experience, or where without local Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) support, 1-2 years of experience in an OHS role is required.
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety, Certificate or diploma program in Occupational Health and Safety, or College diploma or university degree in any discipline (with preference to the sciences).
  • Significant knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety legislation combined with training in hazard recognition, assessment, and control.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Effective team player.
  • Computer skills--desktop applications, Occupational Health and Safety and Human Resources applications.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in all aspects of Occupational Health and Safety.

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our employees.  As part of this commitment, we have adopted a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022 and to show proof of vaccination.   In keeping with this policy, successful candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination by March 31, 2022 (or prior to their first day of work if the start date is after March 31, 2022).  We will of course consider accommodations for anyone unable to be vaccinated following human rights and other applicable laws
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.


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