With general oversight from the Manager, Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Prevention, the Health & Safety Specialist is responsible for health and safety programs for the Ithaca campus and outlying facilities, except for the Weill Medical College & Qatar. The primary function of the position is to manage health and safety programs, and provide technical support to stakeholders. S/he will develop, implement and manage policies, programs, and procedures that promote a safe, responsible, healthful and compliant work environmental for all faculty, staff and students. This position will perform audits, conduct qualitative and quantitative exposure assessments, and identify exposure-related engineering controls that may be needed as a result of findings. S/he will provide service, technical support and compliance guidance to the University, and act as a liaison with the University and external agencies.
The goals of the programs managed are:
Zero injuries and a fatality free workplace
Ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local safety & health regulations.
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for the Cornell University community.
The specific compliance programs assigned are identified under the Duties and Responsibilities section. All programs under this Specialist function must be in a sustainable state of “in-control and capable” functionality.
The incumbent must effectively work with a variety of diverse staff, faculty, and students. Must seek to understand the university’s diversity priorities and goals as well as understand that broad perspectives lead to more effective decision-making and incorporate these into their work. Must contribute to a respectful working environment. May supervise student employees and program interns.
A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science, or a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field with industrial hygiene work experience and at least 2 – 4 years’ of related work experience, or an equivalent of education and experience.
Strong knowledge and experience in industrial hygiene.
Proven track record of completing work on time.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent computer skills, including MS Office programs and database management.
Ability to interact well with all levels of personnel within an organization
Ability to wear personal protective equipment including: air purifying & supplied air respirators, hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, and protective clothing.
Must have a valid Driver's license and a good driving record.
Ability to work and lift and/or move 20-50 pounds while wearing protective equipment and clothing, including respiratory protection devices, and have manual dexterity.
Ability to pass a background check as required by Cornell.
Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) - CIH
4 – 6 years of related work experience.
An understanding of the specialized functions of industrial hygiene and the principles and use of specialized equipment and instrumentation. Including conducting qualitative and quantitative exposure assessments.
Strong knowledge and experience with health and safety compliance management programs.
Experience with EHS management systems such as ISO 14001, ISO 45001, OSHAS 18000, ANZI Z0, or VPP.
Experience working directly with external agencies (OSHA, DOL, PESH, NIOSH, NIH, DOH, USDA).
Experience in an academic or research institution setting and working in a diverse culture strongly desired.
Internal Number: WDR-00020138
About Cornell University
Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.