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Safety Specialist - Environmental Health and Safety - Columbia

Job ID 00797496 Location Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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New York, New York


Day (United States of America)


Drive environmental health and safety of the highest caliber

Safety Specialists Make It Possible

Safety Specialist – Days

As New York’s #1-ranked hospital (U.S.News & World Report), NewYork-Presbyterian strives to lead in all aspects of our operations, including environmental health and safety. Support NewYork-Presbyterian’s Environmental Health and Safety initiatives aimed at creating the safest and healthiest environment possible for patients, staff and the community.  Join our team and take this opportunity to help drive our continued success.     

Safety Specialist - Environmental Health and Safety

Support general safety programs including indoor air quality, chemical hygiene, hazard communication, personal protective equipment and blood-borne pathogens. Assist with hazardous waste management and disposal to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. Provide safety-related training to staff. Perform environmental and occupational health and safety audits, and recommend solutions/improvements for identified issues.  As part of our fast-paced, tight-knit team, you’ll have access to a career ladder and exposure to senior leadership.  Join us, and build a solid foundation for your future in this field with one of the nation’s best hospitals.  

  • Assists in hazardous waste management and disposal, ensuring hazardous materials are properly manifested, labeled, stored, and transported according to OSHA, EPA, and NY DEC/NYC DEP regulations; assist with spill cleanup.
  • Provides training, guidance and advice on all safety related issues, to major administrative units including Facilities Operations, Environmental Services, Laboratories and Pharmacies
  • Responsible for development of environmental health and safety programs and recommendations for program improvements.
  • Responsible for Regulatory Compliance ensuring all requirements are met.
  • Review all hazardous waste vendor documentation and act as liaison.
  • Responsible for various reporting and dashboards of program for departmental review.
  • Assists with general safety programs including indoor air quality; chemical hygiene; hazard communication; personal protective equipment; bloodborne pathogens.
  • Performs environmental and occupational safety audits of all facilities.
  • Recommends general safety policies and establish procedures for compliance with governmental regulations on occupational/environmental health and safety issues.
  • Attends project meetings for new/ongoing construction in assigned area.
  • Aids in root cause analysis of employee incidents and accidents.

Required Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Public Health, Engineering, Industrial Hygiene or Science
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of industrial hygiene, environmental and occupational policies/principles, and regulatory requirements
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

Join a healthcare system where employee engagement is at an all-time high. Here we foster a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion. Enjoy comprehensive and competitive benefits that support you and your family in every aspect of life. Start your life-changing journey today.

  • #1 in New York, "America's Best Hospitals 2021-2022." - U.S.News & World Report
  • 2021 "Employees' Choice Awards: Best Places to Work" - Glassdoor
  • 2021 " Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma" - Fortune
  • 2020 "America's Best Employers in New York State" - Forbes
  • 2020 "Working Mother 100 Best Companies" - Working Mother
  • 2020 "Best Companies for Multicultural Women" - Working Mother
  • 2020 "Best Workplace for Men in Nursing" - American Association for Men in Nursing

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