Manager - Industrial Hygienist
$79,548.00 – 104,406.75
Open Until Filled
MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service, and rewarding opportunities to its employees.
This position is responsible for promoting occupational health and safety for Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) employees by developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and improving programs to ensure compliance with Federal and State occupational health regulations, as well as Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) and MTA requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting investigations and evaluations, and overseeing the remediation, of the following issues: lead and asbestos, mold, ergonomics, indoor air quality, chemical exposure hazard evaluation, industrial waste management, and other work-related health concerns affecting Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) employees and facility functions per heavy industry standards. This position will monitor existing industrial hygiene programs as well as develop and implement additional programs.
- Handle project management for remediation and abatement of lead and asbestos using service contracts. This includes but is not limited to assisting in revising and implementing the systemwide lead compliance program, managing consultants/contractors who conduct surveys to identify the presence of asbestos and materials containing lead, assisting in developing asbestos abatement and lead disturbance work procedures, and variance applications, reviewing various project submittals (e.g. specifications, variances, notifications, and permits) to determine conformance with asbestos/lead abatement programs, performing project inspections, and reviewing submitted final reports. Coordinate with the Business Service Center and/or and Connecticut Department of Transportation regarding payment of bills including reviewing bills against contractual requirements, unit processes, and estimates as well as tracking spending to identify trends and allocate funding properly.
- Track occupational health complaints and corrective action plans to ensure concerns are addressed and hazards mitigated. Develop and/or maintain databases and provide reporting as required for abatement and survey work at all Metro-North facilities, coordinate employee exposure data and reporting of monitoring results, track environmental waste removal, and maintain abatement records.
- Review and develop recommendations in response to purchase requests for materials such as chemical cleaners, solvents, lubricants, acids, and other industry-related products, including assessment of potential exposure concerns based on Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Develop work practices and Personal Protective Equipment requirements for use of materials as needed. Manage a product purchase and approval database to ensure non-duplication of product brand and storage, as well as the SDS database.
- Assist in evaluating and updating existing exposure risk programs including, but not limited to, Respiratory Protection, Bloodborne Pathogen, Lead Exposure, Silica Exposure, Confined Space, and Hearing Conservation, to ensure regulatory compliance.
- Coordinate Indoor Air Quality and exposure risk assessments via contracted Industrial Hygiene services, make recommendations for resolution, and develop corrective actions as needed to ensure compliance with Federal and State standards.
- Assist the Department with other safety-related initiatives including conducting field audits and inspections, reviewing safety-related plans and documents regarding contractor Health and Safety Plans (HASPs), and perform other duties as directed.
- Familiarity with applicable federal, state (New York and Connecticut), and local codes and regulations applicable to health and safety with strong knowledge of asbestos and lead regulations.
- Practical field experience in the areas of industrial hygiene monitoring and assessment, and familiarity with asbestos and lead abatement project management.
- Strong organizational and coordination skills with thorough knowledge of project management functions including the ability to work independently and/or simultaneously on multiple projects and adhering to deadlines.
- Excellent planning, time management, and organizational skills.
- Must be computer-literate, with working knowledge in a Microsoft Office Suite environment, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, Access, and PowerPoint or equivalent.
- Strong oral, presentation, and written communication skills and able to communicate effectively with various departments and levels of management throughout Metro-North, with other MTA Agencies, and with external stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to foster teamwork and effective working relationships.
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and discretion.
- Ability to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as required.
- Valid driver’s license to travel to various work sites, which might not be accessible by train, to perform inspections.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health, Safety, Environmental, or other related field.
- Minimum three (5) years of experience in related duties, which must include two (2) years of environmental remediation.
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience managing projects and/or programs.
- Must possess or be able to obtain within 9 months of hire or in a time frame subject to approval by supervision the following qualifications:
- EPA Lead Inspector
- AHERA Asbestos Management Planner
- OSHA 30-Hour General Industry
- OSHA Principles of Ergonomics
The following is preferred but other satisfactory combinations of relevant experience, education, and/or technical credentials will be considered:
- Graduate Degree in Occupational Health, Safety, Environmental, or another related field.
Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).
Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.
Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.
Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in their current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at www.mta.info
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Equal Employment Opportunity
MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.
The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.