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Environmental, Safety and Health Field Professional

Job ID 2724 Date posted 06/25/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

This position is in the Safety and Health Services Division The position also directly supports the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) both of which operate as part of BNL’s Environmental, Safety and Health Directorate (ESHD). Maintaining and protecting the safety and health of BNL employees, the public and the environment is our mission. Our professionals and technical staff provide expertise in support of the overall BNL mission by use of both field deployed Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) personnel, an Industrial Hygiene Lab which provides monitoring equipment, sample preparation, and respirator fit testing and a RCRA-permitted Waste Management Facility.

Position Description

The candidate will serve as an Environment, Safety and Health Representative (ESHR) to advocate and provide technical resources on matters of the environment, health and safety. Primary responsibilities include providing professional knowledge and expertise in the administration, support and implementation of environmental, health and safety programs to assure compliance with regulatory agency guidelines, consensus standards and institutional policies.

This hands-on position involves partnering with line management representatives, employees, senior staff and trade unions. Fieldwork venues include: laboratories (chemical, biological, physical, nanomaterials, etc.); construction sites; physical plants (infrastructure and maintenance) and large experimental equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Identification of job hazards, exposure evaluation and development of controls; preparation of written training material and job procedures.
  • Preparation and presentation of briefings, classes and seminars on environmental, health and safety topics; consultation with others on compliance with Department of Energy, OSHA and national consensus standards and requirements.
  • Conducting environmental, health and safety inspections and tracking remedial efforts; and conducting project design reviews, work planning, construction/experimental reviews, fabrication and operations activity reviews.
  • As the Environment, Safety, and Health Representative, the candidate will act as a technical resource to recommend and conduct: general safety reviews (e.g., fall protection, scaffolds, etc); industrial hygiene monitoring for health and safety compliance (e.g., chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors); general environmental compliance oversight with a focus on RCRA and other regulated wastes in laboratory settings, and chemical hazard awareness for hazardous and flammable chemicals in laboratories and other areas.
  • Requires use of equipment designed to inspect, test, monitor and measure safe levels of environmental and safety hazards.
  • Work locations may include: chemical laboratory, research, clinical facilities; construction projects; roof work; and field conditions in or adjacent to chemical, radiological, biological and/or hazardous material work areas.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in industrial engineering, safety engineering, occupational health, industrial hygiene, chemistry or a closely related field.
  • Must have three years minimum work experience showing increasing independence in responsibility as a practicing environmental, health and safety professional.  
  • Knowledge of basic RCRA large generator requirements along with at least one year of managing or overseeing management of RCRA hazardous waste.
  • Must demonstrate ability to present ideas and concepts orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner to communicate technical information and interact with individuals with diverse backgrounds and levels of understanding including: senior management; line workers; engineers; chemists; trade workers; etc.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Professional experience must demonstrate the ability to effectively initiate and lead projects or programs with minimal supervision. 
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record is required.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of industrial and occupational safety/health programs; pertinent laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; principles and techniques of employee training; and report preparation and statistical analysis.
  • Must demonstrate a broad knowledge in and familiarity with mechanical systems, including test equipment.
  • Experience with Spill Response.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience in a Research and Development environment.
  • Qualified to submit for certification as: Occupational Health and Safety Technologist, Associate Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist.
  • A strong background in health and safety regulations and building codes is highly desirable.
  • Experience and knowledge in areas of electrical safety, lock out tag out, fall protection, confined spaces, ladder safety, chemical safety, asbestos, noise, respiratory protection and similar.
  • Experience with Federal, New York State and Suffolk County environmental regulations especially CWA, CAA, EPCRA, NYS Petroleum Bulk Storage Regulations, SCDHS Article 12, etc. 
  • Familiarity with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard and the ability to explain how the concepts apply to Laboratory operations.
  • 8 Hour HAZWOPER certification.
  • Experience with Spill Response.
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Certification
  • Sustainability experience; DOE Smart Labs program, EPEAT, DOE Green Buy, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
Environment, Safety and Health Requirements
  • Must be capable of climbing ladders and scaffolds to perform inspections and tests, and must be able to perform visual examinations of mechanical devices and test articles.
  • Frequently is required to stand; walk for extended periods; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. 
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include color and close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.
  • Required to wear respiratory protection, hearing protective devices, basic construction personal protective equipment and other safety equipment.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle for travel onsite.


The position may require working after hours or occasional weekends to respond to emergency or non-emergency situations.

Successful candidate will be placed at the P-5 or P-7 level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge, education and skills.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  •  Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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