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Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Peterborough, ON, CA

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.  we are committed to excellence in every business initiative. BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT NEC) has achieved an enviable international reputation for excellence in the supply of nuclear fuel and fuel handling systems and service for CANDU reactors in both domestic and international markets. Our success is the result of our commitment to our employees, customers, quality & EHS initiatives.

 

We are looking for an Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist for our Peterborough, Ontario site. 

 

BWXT NEC's Fuel Assembly Operations group is involved in the manufacture, development, testing, parts supply, and service of on-power refueling, reactor maintenance, and nuclear medicine delivery tooling sold around the world. We are the original designer of the automated systems that allow 24/7 on power refueling of CANDU reactors and aim to solve some of the Nuclear Industry’s most challenging problems. Today, BWXT’s equipment is being used in most of the nuclear power plants in Canada and is critical to delivering carbon free energy production and lifesaving medical isotopes.

 

At BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada (BWXT NEC) in Peterborough, we assemble CANDU® fuel bundles for CANDU® reactors.  Natural uranium pellets are produced at our Toronto facility and zirconium-alloy tubes are manufactured at our Arnprior facility. These components are then shipped to our Peterborough operation, where they are assembled into fuel bundles that meet the stringent requirements of reactor operating conditions.

 

Our Peterborough facility (along with our Toronto facility) is licensed by Canada’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. BWXT NEC is committed to meeting all of its license requirements.

 

The Peterborough community invites you to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy life. We have an abundance of recreational opportunities, festivals, and entertainment that is fueled by culture, nature and homegrown culinary experiences. Friendly people, inspiring landscapes and incredible lakes are waiting for you in the heart of cottage country. The region is home to 140,000 people (approx. 83,000 in the City of Peterborough) in addition to the charming towns, townships and villages that make up the County. We offer the best of all worlds here and we’d like you to get to know us a bit better. http://peterboroughed.ca/why-peterborough/live/

 

JOB SUMMARY

 

The EHS Specialist reports to the EHS Manager. The EHS Specialist has no direct reports.

 

This role requires regular interaction with other departments The EHS Specialist works frequently with outside vendors and contractors, especially so when those entities are working on site in Peterborough.

 

The EHS Specialist will provide direction and assistance to the Nuclear Fuel Assembly Operations and support the overall site in order to meet environmental, health, safety and regulatory objectives.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Develop and implement the facility’s environmental programs (air, water, waste) ensuring compliance with environmental policies and procedures.
  • Develop and implement the facility’s radiation protection and industrial hygiene programs ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Coordinate the functions of the As-Low-as-Reasonably-Achievable (ALARA) Committee and Beryllium Committee.
  • Maintain employee Nuclear Energy Worker and Beryllium Worker classification information, liaise with Occupational Health Services in arranging employee medicals and follow-ups.
  • Produce the annual compliance reports required under the CNSC site license.
  • Support regulatory inspections (CNSC, MOECP, ESDC, Transport Canada, etc.).
  • Administer and maintain the facility’s asbestos management program.
  • Administer and maintain the facility’s respiratory protection program.
  • Perform duties of Transportation of Dangerous Good lead and maintain the business Emergency Response Assistance Plan for transportation.
  • Maintain and ensure compliance to business management system documents.
  • Lead and participate in investigations and root cause analyses and associated reporting.
  • Complete annual audits and self-assessments.
  • Maintain safety risk assessments for routine operations.
  • Issue and approve EHS Work Permits for non-routine tasks.
  • Participate in the evaluation of facility changes.
  • Deliver EHS training.
  • Actively participate in decision-making and management of the Health and Safety Program.
  • Establish proactive health and safety programs for accident and injury prevention (e.g., ergonomics).
  • Provide technical and compliance guidance to employees and management.
  • Assist site leadership in developing/improving employee and management skills to execute their responsibilities in the health and safety program.
  • Revisions to documentation associated with EHS policies, procedures and associated documentation.
  • Keep abreast of current regulations and government legislation and revise procedures/programs accordingly.
  • Complete annual self-assessments.
  • Complete accident investigation reports.
  • Committee activities (WSC, Ergonomics and ALARA).
  • Maintain and update hazard analysis information and risk assessment information.
  • Participate in staff and management meetings.
  • Implement programs for the recognition, evaluation, and control of physical and chemical hazards.
  • Complete assigned Compliance Calendar Actions.
  • Complete assigned Action Tracking System Items.
  • Support the EHS needs of the shop floor by attending to issues brought from shop supervision.
  • Perform responsibilities documented in the EHS Procedures (i.e., Confined Space Entry Program, Hot Work Program, New Employee Training etc.) and the Radiation Protection Manual and the Beryllium Safety Manual.
  • Evaluate new processes, chemicals, projects, plans, specifications, and work procedures, facility changes, and equipment prior to their purchase/use/implementation at the facility through review of Change Notices [1].
  • Assist with the evaluation and selection of Personal Protective Equipment and safety devices.
  • Aid and assist the Director, EHS & Regulatory as required.
  • Perform training as documented in Section 4.3.
  • Approve EHS Work Permits for contractor work prior to start of project.
  • Participate in emergency response planning, training, drilling and event response as part of the site emergency organization.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Post-secondary education in a related field or minimum 4 years direct EHS experience.
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable Canadian EHS regulations and standards.
  • Knowledge of Canada Labour Code Part II.
  • Hands-on problem solver.
  • Proficient with MS Office software.
  • Knowledge of ISO 14001.
  • Must be available for rotating on-call periods.
  • High level of proficiency with data analysis and management including spreadsheet tools, MRP systems, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability in project planning / execution, including development of processes / procedures and process improvements.
  • Very strong communication and interpersonal skills.

 

DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS

 

  • Prior experience with handling of Natural Uranium and Beryllium.
  • Prior experience with Regulators and Licensing activities.
  • Prior experience working in a unionized environment is preferred.
  • Experience with manufacturing environments.
  • Technical writing experience including procedures, customer responses, technical reports.
  • Experience in cost-estimating of equipment and facility projects.
  • Experience in the nuclear industry is considered an asset but not required.

 

WHY JOIN BWXT? 

 

  • Work within the growing and exciting nuclear industry as well as with talented and collaborative teams!
  • Competitive salaries
  • Employer-paid pension plan
  • Profit sharing plan
  • Bonus plan
  • Competitive Health and Dental benefits
  • Educational Refund Program
  • Life insurance… and so much more!

 

If you see yourself in a challenging, rewarding career at an extremely diverse, innovation-driven company, this is the perfect place to ramp up your career.  BWXT's supportive environment and free flow of information will encourage you to imagine, build, solve and lead.

 

We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

 

BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. embraces diversity of thought, values individuality, encourages new perspectives and provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended or any other category protected by federal law.


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