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Director of Environmental Health & Safety

Director of Environmental Health & Safety

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Capital Planning & Facitilies Mgmt
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Capital Planning, Facilities M

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Under the leadership of the Vice President of Capital Planning and Facilities Management, this position will provide guidance and leadership to Brooklyn Public Library on safety, health and environmental issues. The role will manage the Library's EHS programs, accident prevention activities, and ensure compliance with city, state, and federal safety, health and environmental regulations. The position will also be responsible for developing and implementing programs, strategies, policies, training and procedures to identify, reduce and/or eliminate risks; and to align with Brooklyn Public Library’s policies and procedures.



  • Establishes and promotes the maintenance of a safe, accident free environment, and a healthy workplace with environmentally-sound practices, by performing duties personally or through coaching of employees, supervision and the Library leadership.
  • Establishes and implements a safety program focused at both addressing and resolving leading causes of employee injuries.
  • Formulates and implements local safety, health, and environmental strategies and procedures to be followed by local personnel, which are designed to identify and resolve risks, and are in compliance with city, state and federal safety, health and environmental laws and regulations, and are consistent with the Library's  policies and procedures.
  • Applies statistical process analysis techniques when studying and analyzing occupational injury and illness data (near misses, root causes and hazards to safety and health) by department and across operations.
  • Provides guidance in the identification and correction of the root causes on or near misses/accidents and subsequent development of corrective programs and continuous process improvement for the prevention of accidents.
  • Provides guidance to employees and select functions, including engineering, maintenance and facilities, on the design and use of equipment, fire and other emergency protection/procedures, and related safety programs.
  • Stays current on any changes in the regulations and sharing of best practices.
  • Personally mentors employees, supervision and the Library’s leadership team to improve the technical, leadership and communication skill base in safety, health-related, and environmental areas.
  • Teams with the Human Resources department, along with internal and external medical personnel and workers' compensation coordinators, to optimally manage injury/illnesses cases, and to maximize the potential of an effective restricted work program where employees are safely and quickly brought back to productive and legitimate work, consistent with medical restrictions.
  • Directly participates in regulatory agency and insurance company inspections, and the investigation of serious accidents and injuries.
  • Manages asbestos assessment and abatement projects performed by qualified asbestos abatement contractors across the portfolio of facility buildings.
  • Serves as site safety officer on building construction projects, including developing construction site health and safety plans (HASPs).
  • Develops task-specific job safety/hazard analyses (JSA/JHAs) for construction and maintenance activities, such as: electrical work, HVAC mechanical and plumbing work, building demolition and construction, custodial services, and ergonomic/office activities.
  • Pre-qualifies sub-contractors based on safety records, including OSHA metrics, and performs safety audits of sub-contractors and employees.
  • Provides health and safety training to building trades and office professionals on subjects such as: confined space entry, electrical safety, asbestos and chemical hazard identification and safe handling/disposal, noise/hearing protection, ladder safety, ergonomics, slips/trips/falls.
  • Utilizes instrumentation/sensors to measure and monitor environmental hazards.
  • Enforces job site rigging and Material Handling Safety requirements.
  • Enforces OSHA regulations at job sites.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Safety, Life Sciences, Engineering or related degree required   
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in similar environment
  • Certified Safety Professional  
  • Driver's license with a clean record 
  • Experience leading safety programs, committees, and root cause accident investigations
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing
  • Exceptional problem solving, conceptual, analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong aptitude for details
  • Proven, professional presence that commands the respect and trust of customers and employees at all levels with the organization
  • Possess flexibility and adaptability in reacting to new situations or when working in a new environment
  • Self-starter with a positive "can do" attitude; a "hands-on" individual who enjoys a challenge and is dedicated to getting the job done with minimal support and direction
  • Collaborative leader and team player
  • Ability to listen, capture and translate inputs and new challenges coming from consumers and colleagues interfacing them 
  • Characterized by integrity and high professional standards
  • Ability to persuade Library employees towards sustainable practices
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills for negotiating, presenting and resolving complex and controversial issues and responding effectively to sensitive inquiries and complaints
  • Strong ability to work effectively and independently within time constraints and changing priorities
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Must be able to climb stairs, ladders, and be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Wear respiratory equipment as needed