Occupational Health and Safety Officer (GMG/AM 4)

Department of Correctional Services


Occupational Health and Safety Officer (GMG/AM 4)

  • Deadline: Apr 26, 2019

Job Purpose


Under the direct supervision of the Director, Employee Relations and Occupational Health and Safety,  the  incumbent  is  responsible for  administering  all  Occupational  Health  and  Safety matters for the Department, for the promotion of a healthy and safe work environment, in keeping with the Occupational Safety and Health Act.



Key Responsibilities


     Manages the development and implementation of the Departments Occupational Safety and Health policies and strategies in keeping with approved regulations and guidelines by the competent authorities;

     Evaluates practices, procedures and facilities to assess risk and adherence to the law, encourage  cooperation  and  consultation  for  continuous  improvement  in  safety  and

health levels;

         Interprets and implements Governments OSHA and policies;

         Ensures that new or revised policies are implemented and fully understood;

     Maintains  network  links  with  Occupational  Health  and  Safety  practitioners  to  keep abreast of new developments and best practices;

     Identifies  areas  where  health  and  safety  improvements  are  needed  and  develops proposals to rectify same;

         Provides  accurate  and appropriate advice  to  the  Director,  Employee  Relations  and

Occupational Health and Safety on all Occupational Health and Safety issues of the




     Monitors the implementation of policies concerning Occupational Health and Safety and conditions of work to ensure compliance with terms and agreement of labour contract and international best practices;

         Investigates Health and Safety related complaints and prepares reports;

         Maintains and updates Emergency Response plans and procedures;

         Investigates and reports on accidents/incidents at the work place;

         Conducts Occupational Health and Safety seminars;

     Conducts Occupational Health and Safety research to underpin the development of approaches/strategies to deal with specific challenges;

         Researches past arbitration decisions, grievances related to Occupational Health and

Safety and implement measures to mitigate;

         Designs, develops, conducts and analyzes staff satisfaction surveys;

     Develops and implements recommendation arising from staff satisfaction surveys and other research;

         Facilitates the timely resolution of grievances and Industrial Disputes stemming from

Occupational Health and Safety issues;

         Consults with stakeholders to address Occupational Health and Safety issues;

     Investigates and participates in matters relating to Occupational Health and Safety and ensure the correct procedures are followed with a view to arrive at amicable resolution;

     Develops  and  establishes  an  active  programme  for  OSHA  that  supports  the  legal framework and employment policies for the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) (employer)

and  participates  in  implementing  appropriate  systems  for  a  healthy  and  safe  work environment.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


         Excellent knowledge of the Staff Orders

         Good knowledge of Labour Laws and Industrial Relations practices

         Good knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and practices

         Knowledge of regulatory standards and compliance requirements

         Computer literate in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Projects

         Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and critical thinking skills

         Excellent oral and written communication skills

     Excellent planning, organizing, conflict management, time management and negotiating skills

         Good presentation skills

         Strong leadership and motivational skills

         Good decision making skills and analysis

         Ability to work in a team

         Ability to conduct investigations and produce reports accordingly



Minimum Required Qualification and Experience


         Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or Occupational Health and Safety or Risk

Management or equivalent qualification and training;

         Specialized training in Occupational Health and Safety;

         Three (3) years’ experience in a similar capacity.





Applications   accompanied   by   résumés   should   be   submitted    no   later   than   Friday, 26th April, 2019 to:


Senior Director

Human Resource Management and Administration

Department of Correctional Services

5-7 King Street



Email hrm@dcs.gov.jm



Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

  • Employer Department of Correctional Services
  • Salary Grade GMG/AM 4
  • Starting Salary (Gross/yr) $1,343,620.74 JMD
  • Max Salary (Gross/yr) $1,597,142.22 JMD
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