Safety Advisor
Canada Bread
 Largo, MD
Bimbo Canada (formerly Canada Bread Company, Limited) is a leading producer and distributor of packaged fresh bread and bakery products with brands such as Dempster’s®, Villaggio®, POM®, Bon Matin®, Ben’s®, Vachon®, Hostess®, and Sara Lee®. Dempster’s is the national brand leader and a market leader in the health and well-being segment of bread products in Canada. The company operates 19 bakeries and employs approximately 4,550 associates across Canada. It seeks to create value by leading innovation in products and service delivery in the bakery industry, enhancing distribution services and processes, and continuing to grow premium white and whole grain breads, tortillas, bagels, rye, buns and rolls, and snack cakes.


As an independent business unit of Grupo Bimbo, Bimbo Canada seeks to grow value-added bakery segments by focusing on health and well-being, and penetrating new bakery segments and channels of distribution. The business plans to grow by delivering continued product innovation in other bakery and snacks categories.

The Safety Advisor is responsible for ensuring the effective application and maintenance of the Canada Bread safety & wellness program across multiple plants and distribution centres in order to:

  • Promote a culture of accident prevention and accountability through collaboration and participation by all associates

  • Be an agent for the effective implementation of the ISO45001 safety standard (roadmap) and safety practices that minimize risk and reduce costs related to workplace injuries and/or non-compliance fines and penalties

The scope of the Safety Advisor will be focused in three main areas:


a) Operating – Develop, evaluate and ensure the effective implementation of safety and wellness policies, procedures and practices for legislative and corporate compliance and effectiveness; conduct technical safety audits; make recommendations to address deficiencies, mitigate risk and improve programs.


b) Personnel – Provide advice and guidance to supervisors, managers and Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC’s); constructively engage team to influence the accomplishment of safety objectives and opportunities and in balancing the importance of associate safety with business needs.

c) Financial – Make recommendations regarding necessary remedial steps that may involve significant financial expenditures and that will reduce the company’s financial liability; make recommendations for safety equipment purchases and/or training expenditures; contract the service of external consultants to assist with specialized health and safety matters and/or issues.



  1. Develop and maintain occupational safety and wellness policies and procedures to facilitate and ensure compliance with legislative and corporate requirements. Provide advice, guidance and support to operational management and JHSC’s in the development of safety related initiatives and procedure.

  1. Coordinate and assist operational management in the execution of safety and wellness objectives.

  1. Interpret and provide advice and guidance to operational management pertaining to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 16, Sched. A, and other applicable statutes and regulations.

  1. Regularly audit facility performance against elements of the safety program including but not limited to confined space, working at heights, LOTO, internal scorecard, accident investigation, safety task observations, safe work practice (SWP) documentation and other items as directed. Provide options to mitigate or eliminate gaps.

  1. Maintain the accident tracking log, track and analyze statistics/data to facilitate the prioritization of mitigation strategies.

  1. Liaise, guide, and act as a resource for the JHSC’s in the plants and distribution centers to ensure legislative and corporate compliance.

  1. Advise operational management of training requirements to ensure legislative and corporate compliance and conduct or arrange such training in areas including but not limited SWP, LOTO, new hire orientation, hot work, heat stress, TDG, forklift certification, etc.

  1. Participate in the investigation of the causes and effects of workplace accidents to identify and determine effective remedial actions and to ensure remedial action plans are implemented.

  1. Search and source out appropriate health and safety equipment, tools and devices to ensure the best and most cost effective equipment for use in conducting workplace assessments or for use by departments in their daily operations (e.g. respirators, air monitoring devices etc.).

  1. Other duties as assigned.




This role is best suited to an individual who has a Community College Diploma and/or University Degree in Occupational Health and Safety or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and three (3) years’ related experience.  This role requires someone who has a high degree of self-management discipline, who can work with minimum direction and manage competing priorities and workload. 

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record developing and coordinating safety programs, conducting accident investigations, developing and delivering safety training and carrying out health and safety responsibilities in an industrial or construction industry environment.  This will be supplemented with a solid working knowledge of and experience interpreting with relevant legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 16, Sched. A, the Building Code Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 23 and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 4.


Candidates should possess a demonstrated awareness of current and emerging occupation health issues including hazard identification and risk assessment, ergonomic design, protective equipment and clothing, confined space entry, working at heights, energy control, hearing conservation, and constructor safety.


Given the profile of this role, candidates should have advanced communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills to effectively influence and secure the cooperation of others, and to facilitate positive work relationships and deal with contentious situations and issues.   Excellent analytical, investigative, and problem-solving skills including knowledge of effective workplace safety audit techniques are required.   A demonstrated knowledge of adult learning techniques and principles as well as the ability to develop effective training programs would be highly valued skills in this role. 

From a technical perspective, candidates must have a good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of applications – email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.

***Please note all offers of employment at Bimbo Canada are conditional upon the successful completion of a pre-hire background check. This may include anything up to and including a criminal history check, reference checks and/or credit check.

Bimbo Canada is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all interested individuals; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job seekers with disabilities who require accommodation during the recruitment process or would like more details about accessibility should contact Bimbo Canada Accessibility at