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Advisor, Ergonomics

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


Reporting to the Manager, Injury Prevention within the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), the Advisor, Ergonomics develops and maintains programs related to human factors/ergonomics and liaises closely with other team members to promote employee well being throughout the PHSA.   Duties and accountabilities include working with representatives of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to ensure legislated requirements are met, performing work sites assessments, developing safe procedures for lifting/moving patients, presenting information seminars on injury prevention and participating in return to work programs by providing technical advice on ergonomics. The Advisor prepares statistical reports for the Manager and others and provides recommendations regarding equipment requirements.


The Advisor provides leadership to others by providing expertise in the area of ergonomics including the development and administration of injury prevention programs throughout the PHSA. The Advisor performs ergonomic work assessments, assesses the effectiveness of existing programs, monitors expenditures related to ergonomics and injury prevention and identifies issues requiring the attention of the Manger, Injury Prevention. Develops and recommends new programs and initiatives that would enhance ergonomic programs within PHSA.

The Advisor uses considerable creativity and problem solving to align ergonomic related issues with the overall goals and objectives of Employee Wellness and Safety department. The Advisor provides sound decision making and guidance in a challenging climate and deals with issues and responsibilities that are diverse and require the ability to determine when consultation with other Employee Wellness & Safety staff is required.

The Advisor works closely with other team members of Employee Wellness & Safety in the development and implementation of injury prevention programs and collaborates with other department Managers and Directors to implement ergonomic improvements. Works with Human Resources in the assessment of work areas, and provides technical advice regarding workplace modifications and improvements.

Externally, the Advisor collaborates with colleagues in other facilities to maintain best practice and works with WCB, in order to ensure that programs meet legislated requirements.


What you'll do


  • Contributes to the development, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of injury prevention programs for staff including a musculoskeletal program through methods such as reviewing the unit/department learning needs through observation of work activities, discussion with unit/department supervisor/staff, and analyzing departmental statistics and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) data, including costs.
  • Selects modules/materials and /or develops training modules/materials to reduce back injuries and presents the musculoskeletal injury prevention education sessions to staff, in conjunction with other team members, by performing activities such as conducting formal sessions using materials such as videos, slide presentations and/or overheads, and demonstrating/teaching safe work procedures/practices relative to patient/material handling. Evaluates educational sessions by writing summary report in order to facilitate staff adherence to recommended procedures.
  • Performs ergonomic work site assessment by methods such as providing individual consultation/training, meeting with the supervisor and/or individual, observing the individual’s work activities, demonstrating/teaching safe work procedures/practices to individual, and preparing written findings outlining recommendations to reduce risk of musculoskeletal injury.
  • Develops and/or updates patient lifting and transferring procedures by methods such as reviewing WCB requirements, analyzing hospital statistics for musculoskeletal injuries, writing/revising procedures, and forwarding to management to ensure that procedures are current and implemented as required.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of musculoskeletal injury prevention programs by methods such as analyzing WCB and agency injury statistics and conducting periodic audits of work activities. Revises the content of ergonomic education program accordingly.
  • Participates in other Employee Wellness & Safety programs such as the Graduated Return to Work program by collaborating, consulting, and providing expert technical advice to other team members, departments, and unions to address musculoskeletal injury issues.
  • Collaborates with other Employee Wellness & Safety staff to coordinate activities related to musculoskeletal injury prevention by attending meetings and providing expert technical advice.
  • Participates in departmental planning by providing input with respect to the musculoskeletal injury prevention program’s mandate and operational requirements to Employee Wellness & Safety.
  • Compiles program/department statistics through methods such as gathering data from WCB, Occupational Health and Safety reports, and staff training records, to ensure the required statistics are assembled to facilitate identification of injury trends.
  • Provides recommendations about ergonomic equipment/furniture through methods such as researching current literature, meeting with sales representatives, and writing and forwarding recommendations to requesting department to facilitate the purchase of equipment.
  • Participates in the development of agency and/or PHSA wide policies relating to musculoskeletal injury prevention and related equipment by methods such as reviewing WCB requirements, researching current literature and programs in other facilities, analyzing hospital injury statistics, and drafting policies for approval.
  • Maintains and updates knowledge of musculoskeletal injury prevention by methods such as reviewing journals, videos, publications, and WCB regulations/requirement, attending seminars/lectures, and identifying new theories/trends/programs to ensure that information provided in consultations and teaching sessions is accurate, current and complete.
  • Develops or participates in research studies by identifying topics, formulating hypotheses, developing methods, making proposals, and gathering/analyzing data to improve work practices related to musculoskeletal injury prevention.
  • Participates in the selection of new staff within the Employee Health & Safety department, by attending panel interviews, competency assessments, and by providing input and/or recommendations to final hiring decision.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

What you bring

A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Baccalaureate Degree in Human Factors (Kinesiology), Occupational Therapy, or Rehabilitation Medicine plus three (3) years’ of recent related experience in development and implementation of a musculoskeletal injury prevention program and one year of related teaching experience and group facilitation in a tertiary level hospital environment.

Ability to teach, demonstrate, facilitate, motivate and coach others. Ability to develop educational programs and materials. Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to function as a team member. Ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others. Ability to work independently and be guided by standards of practice, WCB regulations and PHSA standards. Excellent analytical and investigative ability. Ability to use related equipment including the human resources information management system, word processing, spreadsheet, database and internet tools. Physical ability to perform the duties of the role.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.



Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
Location: 1333 W Broadway, Vancouver

Salary Range: $65,254 - $93,802 /year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
Hours of Work

Requisition # 134863E


What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

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PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.