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Safety and Health Field Professional

Job ID 2755 Date posted 08/03/2021

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
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, scientific staff, employees, senior staff and trade unions. Fieldwork venues include: large experimental equipment; laboratories (chemical, biological, physical, nanomaterials, etc.); construction sites; and physical plants (infrastructure and maintenance). 

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, and developing safety procedures (with a focus on electrical safety).
  • 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 spaces, clinical facilities; construction projects; roof work; and field conditions in or adjacent to chemical, radiological, biological and/or hazardous material work areas.
  • 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); environmental compliance, storage of wastes, and chemical hazard awareness for hazardous and flammable chemicals in laboratories and other areas.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires a Bachelors’ degree in an engineering discipline (industrial, safety, chemical, mechanical, electrical) or other scientific area such as occupational health, industrial hygiene, chemistry or a related field.
  • Must have at least three years work experience showing increasing autonomy in responsibility as a practicing health and safety professional.  
  • Must demonstrate ability to present ideas and concepts orally and in writing in a clear and concise way to communicate technical information and interact with team members with diverse backgrounds and levels of understanding including: senior management; line workers; engineers; chemists; trade workers; etc.
  • Professional experience must demonstrate the ability to effectively initiate and drive projects or programs with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to communicate and work with technical and scientific staff to assist in hazard identification and risk assessment.
  • Understanding of best practices of industrial and occupational safety/health programs, OSHA regulations; pertinent laws, ordinances, rules and regulations (e.g., EPA, NEC, NFPA);
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record is required. 
  • Working Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in a Research and Development environment.
  • Experience at an accelerator/reactor facility
  • Qualified to submit for certification as: Occupational Health and Safety Technologist, Associate Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional, or Certified Industrial Hygienist EIT/PE
  • Experience and knowledge in areas of electrical safety, lock out tag out, and electrical safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of fall protection, confined spaces, ladder safety, compressed gas and chemical safety, noise, respiratory protection.
  • Experience with Spill Response.

Environment, Safety and Health Requirements (Review Job Assessment Form (JAF):

  • 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 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 Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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.

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required either by November 17, 2021 or at the start of your employment if after November 17, 2021.

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Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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