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Ithaca, New York
United States
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Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
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Academic/Educational sector
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Safety Engineer

Cornell is among the largest employers in New York State with nearly 18,000 employees between our campuses in Ithaca and NYC. We are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and egalitarian community, and have great respect for our varied backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations.

Department & Position Background:
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is committed to providing state of the art consultative services to assist Cornell University in fostering a safe and healthy campus environment. We are a team of health and safety professionals with expertise in industrial hygiene, safety management, employee training, and injury prevention. Our work involves interactions among many subject areas, including industrial hygiene, public health, and safety engineering. Our team develops and implements University-wide health and safety programs and training to provide employees with safe work procedures, and guidance to comply with applicable state and federal employee safety regulations. 

As compliance specialists for a self-sustaining university we have the pleasure of supporting and providing oversight for several impressive operations on our 2,300-acre main campus. For instance, main campus has 260 major buildings and over 1,000 union and non-union employees (custodial, maintenance, and grounds) to maintain utilities, and building conditions. In addition to this labor-power Cornell contracts approximately $125 million in capital construction and major renovations annually to keep our facilities pristine and further our research mission. The Utilities Production and Energy Management teams generate, transmit, and distribute the bulk of the utilities consumed on campus: chilled water, electric, potable water, and steam.

The combined heat and power facility include, two 15 MW combustion turbines with heat recovery steam generators, 5 package boilers, and two back pressure steam turbines. The chilled water facilities include Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling facility and three refrigerant based Chillers. The hydroelectric plant includes the plant, dam, penstock and campus interconnection. The water filtration facility, processes 3.6 MGD of potable water which serves approximately 35,000 student, faculty and staff on a 24/7 basis. 

Beyond the construction, facilities maintenance, and industrial operations our campus includes a 153-room hotel with two-eateries operated by seasoned hospitality professionals and students from Cornell’s world-renowned School of Hotel Administration. The Student and Campus Life organization manages residence halls, student events, athletic complexes, and Cornell Dining which is among the 10 best in the nation with more than 30 campus eateries. Cornell has a lot offer and is the perfect place for a health and safety professional to grow and get experience in a wide-range of industry types. 

Key Responsibilities:  
The Safety Engineer 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 conduct audits and inspections to ensure programmatic compliance, and provide solutions to audit 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.   

Core Qualifications:
A full list of core qualifications include but are not limited to the following: 

  • BS in safety sciences, EHS applied sciences, or related health and safety degree, or a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific field with health and safety work experience, and a minimum of 2 to 4 years’ experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in occupational health and safety.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Excellent computer skills, including MS Office programs and EHS management system.  
  • Ability to interact well with all levels of University personnel.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment including: air purifying & supplied air respirators, hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, and protective clothing.
  • 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.
  • Must have a valid Driver's license and a good driving record.
  • Certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) - Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is preferred.

Rewards & Benefits:

  • Work with a progressive leadership team and an ambitious division, and campaign.
  • Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day) and superior retirement contributions.

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information visit our website.

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