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Safety Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Nakina
  • 2024-04-28

Nakina Lumber Inc.

Nakina Lumber Inc.

Position Title: Safety Coordinator
Posting ID: ST2024-01
Posting Date: Refreshed February 28, 2024
Job Type: Permanent full-time
Salary: Contingent upon knowledge, skills and experience
Hours/Shifts: Monday – Friday: 7:30-3:30pm and as required.
Work Site: Nakina, in-person

Company Overview:

Located in beautiful northern Ontario, Nakina Lumber Inc. (Nakina Lumber), a subsidiary of the Buchanan group of companies, is a fully functioning lumber mill, manufacturing finished lumber products from trees harvested from the Ogoki Forest. With up to 120 employees at any given time, Nakina Lumber provides a variety of employment opportunities for individuals, from general labourer positions, which require no prior experience, to skilled trade positions, such as industrial electrician, millright, saw filer and heavy equipment mechanic. Various supervisory opportunities also exist, across all aspects of the operation. Nakina Lumber is committed to ensuring at least 75% of its workforce is indigenous and is further committed to supporting the local economy through its targeted recruitment across Greenstone and the three First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls. Nakina Lumber is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Certified).

Why Nakina Lumber?

Steady, year-round employment; on-the-job training; opportunities for advancement; healthcare benefits (drug, dental, vision, extended healthcare); life and disability insurance; pension; free, on-site parking with electrical hook-up; free bus or van transportation to and from the worksite, for Monday to Friday dayshift, for those without personal transportation; provision of personal protective equipment at no cost to employees; a subsidized lunch program; access to an on-site Counsellor & Case Manager; a friendly, supportive environment committed to employee success. Assistance with relocation expenses and temporary accommodation may also be available.

Position Overview:
Reporting to the General Manager, the Safety Coordinator for Nakina Lumber leads a culture of safety, in collaboration with the broader management team and oversees the company’s health and safety program. The Safety Coordinator ensures compliance with provincial legislation and regulations, supports continuous improvement activities as they relate to workplace safety and provides education and ongoing development for the employee team in their understanding and application of the Internal Responsibility System (IRS).


• To reliably attend work for scheduled shifts.
• To develop, amend and review all company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), collaboratively with the appropriate supervisor(s), and policies and procedures.
• To work safely, in compliance with all SOPs, policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
• To further develop, roll out and ensure compliance with the company Health and Safety Program.
• To provide leadership for the company’s continuous improvement activities as they relate to health and safety.
• To provide ongoing education and support for employes so as to enhance and optimize the Internal Responsibility System (IRS).
• To provide leadership in the establishment and maintenance of a culture of optimal health and workplace safety.
• To provide leadership for the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee.
• To conduct routine safety inspections, record and report site non-compliance to the appropriate site supervisor.
• To support the company’s Return to Work program.
• To ensure and oversee subcontractor and visitor compliance with health and safety requirements.
• To respond to and investigate employee concerns around health and safety.
• To conduct incident investigations and ensure external reporting obligations are met.
• To work in partnership with established project teams for the purpose of completing job hazard analyses.
• To liaise with external agencies, as required (e.g., Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Environment, etc.).
• To monitor company-wide inspections and maintenance of all site safety equipment.
• To address concerns directly with the appropriate supervisor, or lead hand in the absence of the supervisor, in a timely manner, and to support problem solving around the concern(s) brought forward.
• To conduct oneself in a manner that contributes to a culturally safe, inclusive and respectful workplace.
• Other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time.


• Completion of a Degree, Diploma or Certificate program in Occupational Health & Safety or a relevant field of study.
• Extensive knowledge of provincial legislation and regulations as they pertain to Occupational Health & Safety.
• A minimum of three (3) years relevant experience.
• Experience sitting on and/or chairing a Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee.
• Experience in the development of and/or roll-out of a robust Occupational Health & Safety Program.
• Experience completing Health & Safety inspections and in the management of external audits.
• Experience working in a lumber mill or manufacturing environment considered an asset.
• Experience in the development of learning curricula and the delivery of training considered an asset.
• Knowledge of adult learning principles.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office.
• Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks, with minimal supervision.
• Receptive and responsive to receiving direction and supervision.
• Access to a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required.
• An ability to commit to reliable and consistent attendance.
• A strong work ethic.
• An ability to focus in a loud environment, surrounded by lots of activity.
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
• An ability to climb stairs.

Interested candidates, please forward an up-to-date copy of your resume and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources at

***This is an equal opportunity position***
In order to ensure equal opportunity during the recruitment and selection process, Nakina Lumber provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request.

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