University of Alberta

Trades Hazmat and Safety Support Coordinator

Maintenance Division

Competition No.  -    S103939851
Posting Date  -    Aug 12, 2019
Closing Date  -    Aug 19, 2019
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $53,288 to $71,948 per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    40

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Trades Hazmat and Safety Support Coordinator (THSSC) within the Operations & Maintenance team will demonstrate skilled excellence in the knowledge and application of their work. These skills will be evident in how they approach problems and demonstrate care in their work. They will uphold the safety of themselves, their team members, the students, and faculty with the highest regard and will act as safety champions. The THSSC has a forward thinking and preventive mindset in how they coordinate work and in how they build working relationships. At all times they must be mindful of budgets set by their supervisor with the intent of delivering efficient services to the greatest advantage of the University. They shall demonstrate an eagerness and willingness to learn new skills and new approaches while being contributors into a team environment to the best of their ability.


Hazardous Material Disposal

The Trades Hazmat and Safety Support Coordinator shall be responsible to perform the following tasks independently:

  • The THSSC shall engage in creating and maintaining job hazard analysis, safe work practices, field level hazard assessments, and standard operating procedures
  • Make sites containing loose asbestos-containing materials safe
  • Coordinate asbestos abatement work in an effective and efficient manner through collaboration with the safety department by ensuring pre-contractor work preparation is complete, coordinating building occupant notifications, arranging abatement contractor meetings, and collaborating with U of A Trades and external contractors
  • Maintain continual awareness of the progress status of all ongoing abatement removal projects
  • Review air monitoring reports and upload them into a report database
  • Ensure abatement sites are thoroughly cleaned upon completion of work
  • Discuss with the supervisor and get approval for the abatement contractor quotes, purchase orders, and change orders
  • Inspect abatement worksites for quality assurance through collaboration with the safety department
  • Coordinate with the safety department and provide permission to use spaces upon completion of abatement 
  • Coordinate the re-insulation work of piping and pipe fittings that have been abated.
  • Coordinate with the safety department and Interact with faculty and staff to resolve issues related to asbestos abatement
  • Handles administrative duties and monitors deadlines to ensure project deadlines are met and follows up on pending matters. Initiates required reports and studies; compiles and analyzes data for projects

Maintenance of the Computer Database and the Compiling and Analyzing of Data 

  • Develop a training program for the trades personnel in collaboration with Strategic Portfolio Services (SPS) group utilizing the Asset Works system
  • Work with the supervisors, foremen, 2ICs and the journeymen, train them on the use of Asset Works to generate reports related to trades activities such as:
    • KPI Safety Training Records
    • Work Codes
    • Work Order Housekeeping Desktop Optimization
    • Assets
    • Work Assignments
    • Phase Management Updates
    • O&M Organization Structure for Planning and Scheduling and work order management
    • Preventive Maintenance
    • Key Module Implementation
  • Present the training programs/materials to the supervisors, foremen and the 2ICs through the following methods: Video presentation, PowerPoint, One-on-One discussion, review of the standard operating procedures and hands-on training utilizing computer-based training tools

The Trades Hazmat and Safety Support Coordinator shall be responsible to perform the following tasks in conjunction with the supervisors, foremen, 2ICs and U of A safety group:

  • Ensure asbestos abatement contractors are complying with the relevant safety standards and safe work practices and ensure they are performing their work in a professional manner.
  • The THSSC shall promote the use of Environmental Health & safety’s (EHS) online incident reporting system within the portfolio
  • Participate in site investigations in collaboration with the safety department in response to safety concerns raised
  • Consult with F&O Safety Division for accident/incident (including near miss) investigations, reviews incident reports and follows up with supervisors as required
  • Review, edit, and occasionally create clear scopes of work for abatement contractors.
  • Collaborate timing of abatement execution with the facilities managers, supervisors and the building occupants
  • Communicate work progress with U of A Trades while keeping the safety division informed on abatement related activities
  • Act as the main point of contact for asbestos abatement contractors in the event of incidents.
  • Assist with problem-solving alongside asbestos abatement contractors and U of A Trades
  • Work with U of A Trades in identifying areas where asbestos-containing material may be present.
  • Sample and prepare potential asbestos containing material for testing
  • Occasionally clean up small releases of asbestos-containing material that is categorized as "low risk" 
  • Coordinate the safe removal of lead paint

In their hazardous material disposal role, the THSSC shall be mindful of established job time/material budgets and shall employ accepted Job Hazard Analyses, Safe Work Practices, Field Level Hazard Assessments, and Standard Operating Procedures


  • Minimum High school diploma is required
  • Safety certification required
  • 3-5 years of work experience as an abatement contractor, abatement consultant, or abatement project coordinator required
  • OHS secondary education is considered an asset
  • Journeyman trade ticket is considered an asset
  • Working knowledge of OHS Act, NIOSH, CSA is considered an asset
  • Valid Alberta driver’s license is required
  • Ability to write reports, and procedural manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from faculty and staff
  • Ability to develop ideas that will result in major improvements in existing methods, services, and programs.
  • Must possess excellent knowledge of business software such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications
  • Background in construction or oil and gas industry would be an asset
  • Must have good communication skills and ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Detail-oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to work on own initiative with minimal direction, to identify issues requiring attention

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.