Expert Partner, Occupational Health and Safety
Success in health and safety management at Cirque du Soleil centers on the ability to cultivate relationships with members of each show team to ensure an open channel of communication. It is the primary responsibility of this position to plan, establish and maintain all required health, safety and environmental programs to assure the highest possible degree of safety on our work sites.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
· Strategically develop Health and Safety standards designed to ensure clarity of work practices, roles and responsibilities both for managers and for employees.
· Create committees involving key members of show teams to create, study and review written programs that effectively provide mitigation processes that reduce severity and likelihood of incidents and accidents.
· Support show teams to ensure they have developed site specific SOP’s in writing.
· Be the key conduit of communication with OSHA inspectors in the case of accident investigation, whistleblower complaints or the like. It is the responsibility of this position to be transparent and honest in the delivery of documents and information.
· Serve as liaison to authorities having jurisdiction as required.
· Work with the show teams to create and keep current all job hazard assessments.
· Audit training content to ensure that relevant and effective training is in place in recognition of job hazards. Review due dates for training to ensure compliance. Recommend training as required.
· Audit the TTM and ATM modules to review the status of hazard orientation for artists and technicians in relation to global hazards within the site, department specific hazards and cue hazards.
· Work collaboratively with Technical Management, Coaching, Stage Management, Performance Medicine and Artistic to understand risk mitigation measures they have employed and help to enhance programs as required.
· Ensure a near miss program is in place and communication standards help to share key learnings across our shows company wide.
· Ensure that Performance Risk Assessments and Special Event Risk Assessments are proactively created in writing and signed in conjunction with Coaching and Technical.
· Ensure show teams have appointed a Haz Com coordinator who ensures SDS documents are in place and training is provided prior to use of chemicals on site.
· Pause unsafe work conditions to assess and discuss actions that will improve work practices.
· Provide training as required from time to time on roles and responsibilities of health and safety for managers. Accident Reporting and Leadership in Safety are critical training for leads and up.
· Provide training from time to time for employees, artists and staff including but not limited to: COVID Safety Practices, Emergency Evacuation, Active Shooter Safety Standards, Bloodborne Pathogen Clean Up / Awareness, OSHA 10 and OSHA 30, etc.
· Provide yearly executive reports on status of health and safety across the division including: incidents, accidents, key learnings, OSHA investigations, training audit findings, etc.
· Ensure that written programs are current, relevant and revised in an organized manner on SharePoint so that show teams have full access to the library of documents.
· Perform yearly top to bottom work site inspections and provide a report to show teams. Provide a deadline for follow up of action items and ensure corrections are conducted effectively and documented.
· Confidentially handle any private complaints lodged by members of the team and investigate with the show team to ascertain if enhancements in work practices are possible.
· Perform documentation assessments for each production to ensure that documents are in place as proof of due diligence in engineering standards, welding, acrobatic equipment standards, etc.
· Ensure a clear understanding is in place for the acrobatic equipment policy stating that no modifications to acrobatic equipment may be made beyond the original design without a design review process.
· Audit PPE and equipment from time to time to ensure adequate safety gear is in place.
· Support Security Communication standards related to emergency events that you will send to show teams via Everbridge.
· Partner closely with the Health and Safety team in Montreal to share key learnings and support Corporate efforts in enhancing health and safety standards.
· Attend show Health and Safety Committee meetings when possible and share information that can help to enhance their culture.
· Support the affiliate operations in health and safety efforts.
· Exercise finesse and discretion in dealing with incidents and accidents and the confidential nature of information.
· Other related duties as assigned.
· Must be eligible to work in the United States.
· Must be willing to travel as assigned.
· Working knowledge of fire and safety related codes, State, County, Federal laws and regulations
· Working knowledge of OSHA, EPA and NFPA regulations
· Prior training facilitation experience of Safety related content
· 7 years’ experience in working in live entertainment health and safety management.
· Ability to write clear and effective training sessions, safety programs, policies and SOP’s.
· Working knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
· Ability to properly interpret and make sound decisions in accordance with safety laws, regulations and policies.
· Have interpersonal skills to deal effectively with all business contacts.
· Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency and help navigate crisis communication situations.
· Ability to work a flexible schedule including extended hours, weekends, and holidays.
· Ability to effectively communicate in English, in both oral and written forms.
· CSP certification an asset.
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin or ancestry.