Safety and Emergency Specialist

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Job Title:
Safety and Emergency Specialist
Job Category:
Health, Wellness and Safety
Job Type:
Permanent Full Time
Date Posted:
May 29, 2024
Closing Date:
July 1, 2024
Work Location:
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Job Description

If you take pride in being compassionate, honest, professional and safe, consider an exciting and rewarding career at Shannex. Our communities offer more than a place to work – they welcome and celebrate Great People who inspire meaningful connections while Leading the Way to Better Living™.


We are searching for a Safety and Emergency Specialist to join our Health, Wellness and Safety Team based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Meaningful Benefits

You will be surrounded by supportive and talented team members who make our communities great places to live, work and visit. As an established and respected organization in the healthcare sector, Shannex offers opportunities for growth, development and advancement. And at the end of every day, you will know you’ve made a measured difference in the lives of our residents. Additional benefits include:

  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits plan including an Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Access to virtual healthcare 24/7 for FREE through the group health benefit plan
  • RRSP program (with employer matching)
  • Vacation accrual (begins immediately) and travel insurance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Access to thousands of vendors offering perks and discounts through our WorkPerks program
  • Access to continuing education and training through Shannex’s Centre of Excellence
  • Opportunities to be part of sector innovation and continuous improvement initiatives
  • Recognition and Rewards for service excellence and safety

About the Opportunity

  • Develop, assess, monitor and adjust the Health and Safety program and related documents to address trends in incidents, hazards, injuries and tasks across all job positions.
  • Provide strategic oversight of Fire and Emergency preparedness for all sites.
  • Develop, assess, monitor and adjust fire and emergency resources, guidelines and training.
  • Review and stay updated on regulatory changes to determine updates to the Health and Safety Program, Fire and Emergency plans.
  • Provide advice, recommendations and act as a resource for health, safety and emergency matters.
  • Recognize health, safety and emergency issues with company-wide implications and recommend appropriate solutions.
  • Monitor emerging compliance requirements, develop strategies to respond to compliance risk; conducting regular compliance audits and follow- up inspections.
  • Create and distribute safety communications and alerts in collaboration with the Communications team.
  • Analyze injury statistical data to develop prevention strategies; delivering safety training and education to support staff competency and compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Co-lead monthly Corporate Risk Management meetings.
  • Prepare deliverables for new buildings related to health, safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Support orientations for new buildings; and health, safety, and emergency needs through transition to operations.
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external, to meet organizational needs and provide effective support.

About You

In addition to placing high value on continuous improvement, collaboration and accountability, you bring:

  • A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution and certificate or diploma in emergency management or a related discipline that includes courses in emergency planning, response, and hazard and risk assessment, is required.
  • Minimum of 7 years of Safety and Emergency Preparedness experience
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional / Technician (CRSP® / CRST), or Certified Health & Safety Consultant (CHSC®); Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor CHSMSA
  • MSc degree considered an asset
  • A passion for the healthcare sector and/or ensuring seniors have access to quality accommodations, services and care.

About Us

It all began in 1988 when our Founder, Joseph Shannon, purchased a single nursing home in his hometown of Sydney, Cape Breton. For 35 years, Shannex has grown as a trusted provider of senior accommodations, services and care in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario. Our industry-leading services are inspired by residents and delivered by Parkland Retirement Living and Lifestyle Residences, Shannex Enhanced Care, Faubourg du Mascaret, and a home care division of team members who create an exceptional resident experience and a positive, fulfilling work environment where every voice matters.   

If you’re ready to join the Shannex team of Great People, apply today!

Great People is a core value at Shannex based on the belief that our team members are the spirit and foundation of the organization.  Shannex believes equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging is about creating a culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals, where every person is treated fairly and where racism and discrimination are not tolerated. At Shannex, every team member belongs.

All applications are kept in strict confidentiality.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.