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Ithaca, New York
United States
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IH Specialist: Single site
IH Specialist: Multi-site
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Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
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Academic/Educational sector
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Senior Industrial Hygienist (IH)

With minimal oversight from the Manager, Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Prevention, the Senior Industrial Hygienist is responsible for health and safety programs for the Ithaca campus and outlying facilities, except for the Weill Medical College & Qatar. The Senior Industrial Hygienist provides technical and regulatory management for industrial hygiene required to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace conditions that may cause injury or illness. This may include development of regulatory guidance documents, conducting qualitative and quantitative industrial hygiene exposure assessments, and identifying exposure-related engineering controls.  The position will manage the work of consultants, providing technical reviews, and response. 

As an industrial hygienist for a self-sustaining research 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. 

The incumbent must effectively work independently and with a variety of diverse staff, faculty, and students.  Stakeholders include facility and project managers, research community, Environmental Health & Safety Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other local, state and federal agencies.    

The specific compliance programs assigned are identified under the Duties and Responsibilities section. All programs under this Specialist function must be in a sustainable state of “in-control and capable” functionality. 

The incumbent must effectively work independently and with a variety of diverse staff, faculty, and students. Must seek to understand the university’s diversity priorities and goals as well as understand that broad perspectives lead to more effective decision-making and incorporate these into their work. Must contribute to a respectful working environment.  May supervise student employees and program interns. 

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene or related field
  • At least 5 – 7 years of related work experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to interpret ACGIH, CDC, NIOSH, DOL standards, regulations, and exposure limits in an industrial and/or research environment.
  • Extensive experience in industrial hygiene developing sampling campaigns, performing qualitative and quantitative exposure assessments, and utilizing IH software systems to maintain records.
  • Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) – CIH, or actively working to achieve certification.
  • Proven track record of being successful with limited supervision and completing work on time.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office programs, database management, EHS software applications.
  • Ability to interact well with all levels of personnel within an organization
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment including: air purifying & supplied air respirators, hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, and protective clothing.
  • Must have a valid Driver's license and a good driving record.
  • 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.
  • Ability to pass a background check as required by Cornell.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) - CIH
  • 10 years of related work experience.
  • An understanding of the specialized functions of industrial hygiene and the principles and use of specialized equipment and instrumentation.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with health and safety compliance management programs.
  • Experience with EHS management systems such as ISO 14001, ISO 45001, OSHAS 18000, ANZI Z0, or VPP.
  • Experience working directly with external agencies, and their regulations or consensus standards: ACGIH, CDC, DOL, OSHA, NIOSH, NIH, DOH, USDA.

To apply for this opening online, please click the "Apply for this job" link on this page! When applying, please remember to attach your application materials (Resume/Cover Letter/CV need to be uploaded at the same time, and in the same place) in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the Experience section of your application, use the ‘Drop Files Here’ box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Please note:  Cornell Employees must apply through the Internal Cornell Career site.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.