Senior Chemical Specialist

We Have a Big Name – and a Big Mission

We’re the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. But you can call us CCOHS.

We’re a federal government corporation focused on a single mission: upholding the right of everyone in Canada to a healthy and safe workplace where they can thrive. Our tools and resources are designed to give employers and workers across the country the information they need to stay healthy and safe, both physically and mentally, on the job.

And that’s where you come in. We need your chemical health and safety expertise to help us get this important information into the hands of our key stakeholders. Our chemical databases, software, WHMIS-related factsheets, and other resources are making a big impact across Canada. As an integral part of our Chemical Services team, you’ll help us have an even greater impact.

So if the idea of making a difference and being part of a culture that values innovation, professional growth, and your overall well-being excites you, we encourage you to read on.

About the Role

  • As a Senior Chemical Specialist, you will support the planning and plan implementation of the Chemical Services Unit and other assigned project teams. You’re the subject matter expert for chemical health and safety and are responsible for the final approval of content for projects, products, and services.
  • Leveraging your expertise, you will provide advice on technical content and to staff about chemical health and safety matters. You will research, analyze, write, and review health and safety-related content for projects, communication tools, presentations, e-courses, OSH Answers, publications and other services. Applying critical appraisal methods, you will edit technical health and safety content for accuracy, balance, clear language, and completeness to ensure CCOHS standards are met.
  • As the designated technical lead for the chemical software and database production team, you will share your knowledge and guidance to ensure regulatory compliance and support ongoing maintenance. As a subject matter expert, you’ll represent CCOHS through various committees, national meetings, working groups, and in the media, while maintaining a high level of awareness regarding national and international initiatives and priorities, as well as stakeholder needs.

What You Have

  • Master's degree in occupational hygiene, occupational health and safety, or a related field and at least ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Broad background and in-depth understanding of chemical hazards and their controls.
  • Knowledge and industrial experience in industrial hygiene including emergency response.
  • CRSP and/or CIH/ROH designation is preferred.
  • Knowledge of toxicology, with related legislation and regulation including TDG, WHMIS, and GHS is required.
  • Ability to evaluate and summarize scientific information within real world context.
  • Excellent internet research skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to understand e-learning software packages.

Who You Are

  • A supportive, respectful team member with project management skills, who treats others equitably and thrives in an environment where new ideas and collaboration are encouraged.
  • An avid researcher who is skilled at critical appraisal, writing, analyzing, synthesizing and reviewing technical chemical health and safety content in a variety of formats.
  • An enthusiastic believer of providing exceptional, efficient service in a clear manner.
  • An excellent communicator who connects well with stakeholders and clients.

Job Description


Within the range of

$100,695 to $122,019 (CCOHS-11) per annum.

Full-time, permanent, unionized position

Application Deadline

Friday, December 1, 2023

Quote File Reference Number: GE-083

Vacancies: 1

To Apply

If you are excited by this opportunity, we want to hear from you. Send us your application in confidence to ​ quoting File Reference Number GE-036.

Attach resume as an MS Word or PDF document.

This competition is open to residents of Ontario only.


Here at CCOHS, we promote work-life balance, encourage personal development, and foster respect, civility, and inclusion. For more reasons why this is a great place to work and information on our comprehensive benefits and federal public service pension plan, visit our Careers page.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please contact Human Resources at All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Note: Attaining Reliability Status Security Clearance is a condition of employment for all CCOHS positions. This position is temporarily remote – future travel to facilities may be required. All resumes are maintained confidential and are kept on file for a period of six months.

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