Welcome To Halifax Harbour Bridges - Applying For The Safety - Summer Student Position

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) maintains and operates the Angus L. Macdonald and A. Murray MacKay Bridges that span Halifax harbour.

With annual traffic volume in excess of 32 million crossings million HHB’s mission is to provide safe, efficient and reliable cross-harbour transportation infrastructure in a cost effective manner.  HHB employees take pride in the bridges, and are motivated, results-driven individuals who enjoy challenges and are committed to continuous learning.  At HHB it’s safety above all; safety of our employees, safety of our bridges and safety of the traveling public.  That is why we believe this is a fundamental focus and a shared responsibility of everyone that works with us.

The Safety Summer Student will act as administrative support to the Safety Manager to effectively coordinate tasks to enhance Halifax Harbour Bridge’s (HHB) Safety program, and the overall safety culture at HHB.  Following HHB safety policies, procedures, standards, Safe Work Practices, and reporting requirements.  Maintaining positive working relationships with coworkers and contractors.  This position will help to review and develop safety policies and procedures, support the Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC) work, and assist in solving safety issues, coordinating audits and inspections, tracking corrective actions and incident data, reviewing safety documents, and performing other safety–related duties as assigned

The Safety Summer Student is Student/Temporary employee; an employee who is employed with the understanding that their term of employment will be temporary and terminated on a specific date or upon completion of a specific assignment on a full-time basis. Student employees do not accumulate service time and are not eligible for company benefits; with the following primary responsibilities being in Health & Safety Support (80%), Safety Projects (15 %) and Continuous Improvement (5%)


  • Contributes to identify safety improvements and propose methods for resolving or improving worker safety.
  • Collecting and reviewing safety documentation to support company due diligence and ensure the safety of HHB employees.
  • Tracking documentation for Safety KPI data collection and reporting requirements related to safety training files, government forms/records, Job Hazards Assessment (JHA) forms, safety/incident reports, safety observation cards, and contractor orientation records to ensure compliance with HHB safety standards.
  • Supporting companywide health and safety initiatives by responding to any questions or concerns.
  • Booking and tracking safety training sessions, toolbox meetings, and other formal safety meetings.
  • Booking pre-employment testing and renewals of expired certifications.
  • Processing contractor paperwork and orientations: verifying orientations are complete, and paperwork is received and fully complete, updating the Safety Manager on outstanding items and tracking their follow-up to completion.
  • Conducting weekly contractor safety audits.
  • Observing Painters work onsite (accompanying the Paint Supervisor), ensuring employees are in compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Assisting with workplace inspections and Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC) projects.
  • Attend a JOHSC meeting as a guest, take notes, and contribute ideas where applicable. 
  • Completing job-related safety training and skills development as required.
  • Coordinate the booking of ergonomic assessments for any staff that have not had an assessment completed.
  • Update the Safety bulletin boards to ensure that the information is current.
  • Implement regular bi-weekly safety communication on The Span to keep safety top of mind.
  • Update the Safety Orientation document and the Power Point presentation (with visuals) to keep it current and accurate.
  • Ensure version control of Safety documents – keeping current versions within the safety drive folder (and achieving the other versions), and ensuring that the current versions are on The Span (HHB intranet site).
  • Prepare for the annual Safety Audit.
  • Nurtures, promotes, and champions HHB’s world class safety program.
  • Aides in the propagation of a safety culture throughout the organization.
  • Supports the continuous investigation of opportunities to increase the efficiency of processes, measure the effectiveness, and identifies ways to continually improve the quality of the processes. 


  • High School diploma and currently enrolled as a full-time student in a relevant Occupational Health & Safety program at Nova Scotia Community College.
  • General knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its application.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of administrative and health and safety policies/procedures, training syllabuses, investigation reports, and audit reports/action planning tools.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, building and maintaining network relationships
  • Highly organized multi-tasker, self-motivated, able to work without supervision or extensive direction.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, with a high proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications.
  • Skilled in data compilation, tracking, collation, analysis and report development.
  • Able to work at extreme heights (170 – 320 feet).
  • Clean driving record and a valid Nova Scotia Class 5 Driver’s licence (a drivers’ abstract will be required).

Must pass a pre-employment identity and criminal background check. The hours for this position are 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (35 hours a week) Monday to Friday but may occasionally require extended hours (weekend and/or evening).

Working Conditions

This position requires the incumbent to work in both an office environment at HHB with minimal physical effort demands; and at times on or under bridge decks, and outdoors in the environments of the bridge approaches and properties. Due to the nature of this position, mental stress varies as this position is required to respond to emergency situations, troubleshoot issues, and deal with investigative issues and matters that can be highly complex and time sensitive. Sensory attention is required for a large and significant amount of reading, processing detailed investigative documents, tracking and developing database and statistical data, developing reports and observing and listening.


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.  At Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB), we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women or Persons in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


The collection of self-identification data is a central piece of HHB commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This data provides information on the diversity of the population applying for employment with us. This information increases HHB's capacity to monitor our progression on increasing EDI in our recruitment.

 How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit your resume as well as completing all pre-screening questions by 4:00 pm Friday, April 27th, 2021 through our on-line posting to: https://bit.ly/32eiB1Pwww.indeed.ca (What: Safety Summer Student ; Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia).

   HHB appreciates all applications however only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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