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Occupational Health & Hygiene Practitioner

Regular, Full Time
Competition #
Occupational Health & Hygiene Practitioner
Primary Function

The Occupational Health and Hygiene Practitioner, reporting to the Manager of Human Resources, will be responsible for improving workplace occupational health and hygiene by conducting inspections to identify environmental factors that could cause injury, illness, impairment, or harm well-being of employees. The Occupational Health and Hygiene Practitioner will also assist in the management of leaves, return-to-work, accommodations, wellness and other general health related programs and benefits provided by Halifax Water.

You will be responsible for your personal safety and that of your co-workers by observing all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations and Halifax Water’s Occupational Health and Safety Program Manual.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Conducts ergonomic assessments, making written recommendations ensuring proper workstation set up and processes to prevent related injuries.
  • Pre-employment medicals and work assessments: safe lifting and fit testing, spirometry testing, drug and alcohol and medical conditional requirements etc.
  • Oversees and manages Fit for Duty Policy and Stay at Work Policy.  
  • Coordinate with appropriate personnel, such as human resources, payroll and benefits specialists, insurers, union representatives, health care providers and applicable managers and supervisors, to help facilitate early and safe return-to-work and determine appropriate accommodations through physical demands analysis.
  • Oversee the corporate fitness program, reviewing as overseeing fitness requests, and developing further requirements/amendments to the program.
  • Oversee wellness promotion program including Psychological Safe workplace program.
  • Administration of immunizations (e.g., flu shots, HEP shots), medical renewals for drivers’ license, hearing testing etc.
  • Oversee or conduct indoor air quality, lighting assessments, noise/hearing conservation and respiratory protection.
  • Act as the primary liaison for the Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • Liaison with WCB, medical professionals and regulatory agencies. 
  • Promoting safe and healthy workplaces through a variety of mediums and programs, such as mental health and diversity initiatives. 
  • Responsible for infectious disease control (i.e. COVID) and blood borne pathogens and related activities around the prevention of spread, and promotion of corporate health measures. 
  • Other duties as required.
Reporting Relationships

Reports to:     Manger of Human Resources

Supervises:    n/a

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience


  • Post-secondary education in occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, or a related field. Education or experience in ergonomics and disability case coordination is an asset.
  • Must have an accredited health and safety certification such as one of the following: 
    • Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner;
    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH);
    • Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN);
    • Occupational Therapist (OT);
    • Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH); or
    • Registered Occupational Hygiene Technologist (ROHT).


  • Five years of related experience in an occupational health, hygiene, and safety background with related experiences as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and/or Industrial Hygiene. 
  • Proven job experience and post-secondary education degree in health profession with proven work history in conducting similar types of duties within a complex organization
Other Requirements


  • Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) or Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) etc. and/or degree in post- secondary degree in the health profession.
  • Valid NS driver’s license
  • Complete and pass background security check.
  • Must be willing to undertake and maintain the following safety training:
    • First Aid
    • Globally Harmonized System (GHS) (Formerly WHMIS)
    • Additional safety training as identified based on legislative and operational requirements
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Working knowledge and understanding of disability legislation and regulations, applicable occupational health and safety regulations, codes, standards, and best practices.
  • Previous experience using physical demands analysis and ergonomic assessment tools.
  • Effective interpersonal, diplomacy, and communication skills, with the ability to listen and gather information, present to groups, and create clear and concise written reports.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all areas of responsibility. 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Thorough knowledge of organization and reporting relationships.
  • Experience in software maintenance and understanding of network systems.
How to Apply

Applicants who applied previously for this competition do not need to reapply.

Completed cover letters and application forms [PDF] or resumes, stating Competition #HW22-08E must be received by 12 noon, January 28, 2022. Please forward to:


  • Halifax Water
    HR Department
    P.O. Box 8388, RPO CSC
    Halifax, NS
    B3K 5M1


  • 902-490-6934

Please note: Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

Conditional Items Required for Employment:

  • Satisfactory background check
  • Satisfactory pre-employment testing

Halifax Water is an equal opportunity employer.

Halifax Water’s goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the community we serve, at all job levels. Halifax Water believes a diverse workforce positively contributes to its success, and the success of our community. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, LGBTQ+ community, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Indigenous persons. Halifax Water encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter.