Environmental Health and Safety Manager

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Full-Time Regular
445 5th Avenue (at 39th Street)


The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years.  With over 2900 employees and 93 libraries throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, NYPL is the nation's largest public library system. 


The Environmental Health and Safety Manager (EHSM) is responsible for the health and safety of all New York Public Library (NYPL) Staff, Patrons and Visitors; this is achieved through regular inspections of NYPL properties for hazardous and occupational safety issues, documenting deficiencies and recommending corrective action.  The EHSM is the lead administrator for the Worker’s Compensation Program, managing claims from first report through close out.  The EHSM directs the Environmental Health and Safety program including development and implementation of associated training.  

Principal Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Associate Director of Facilities Operations and in collaboration with the HR leadership team and the Facilities Leadership team, the Manager:

  • Develops and manager the Library’s health and safety program in order to ensure safe working conditions for staff and the general public
  • Conducts Environmental Health and Safety facility audits and reports.
  • Partners with the Security Team to create and/or update Evacuation Plans and coordinate drills
  • Maintains compliance and record keeping with applicable City, State, Federal, OSHA and NFPA workplace safety standards and health codes for all New York Public Library (NYPL) locations.
  • Collaborates with the Total Rewards team on the Workers Compensation Program, including
    • Participation in workers compensation claims review and annual renewal of workers compensation insurance plan
    • Conducting site visits to evaluate and assess incidents
  • Parterns with the Learning and Development team to create a comprehensive safety training program to promote good ergonomics and general safety in the work place
  • Identifies occupational hazards and recommends abatement actions to prevent or eliminate work exposure
  • Works in conjunction with HR, Finance, Facilities, insurance carrier loss control agents to effectively maintain the loss control program
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual risk management reports, as well as real time web-based reporting, summarizing NYPL’s current state of coverage and vulnerabilities
  • Coordinates externally with insurance brokers, insurance carriers, safety personnel, subcontractors, vendors and sub consultants. Collect policies, programs, training records and work plans (scope), continually working through issues until resolved
  • Acts as an independent review and evaluation body on behalf of NYPL to ensure that insurance/risk-related issues and concerns with the Library are being appropriately evaluated, investigated and resolved
  • Manages special projects as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Risk Management, or related field
  • CSP and/or CIH strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years relevant experience (Occupational Safety and Health and/or Risk Management)
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments, with a high degree of accuracy, and meet deadlines in a high pressure complex environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (verbally and written)
  • Demonstrable experience with regulatory agencies
  • Strong computer skills with experience using MS Office Suite and Google Suite products
  • Must have a valid Driver's License and a clean driving record

Work Environment

Urban Public Libraries throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Physical Duties

Lifting, standing, sitting, climibing ladders and other physical duties associated with safety inspections.


35 hour work week.  
Evenings and weekends as required.

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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