Sr Specialist - Environmental Health and Safety

Job Info

Aug 14, 2023


Posting Expiration Date: Sep 25, 2023

Schedule Type: Full-Time

Minimum Salary: $95000

Maximum Salary: $120000

Organization: Environment Health & Safety

Department: EHS Operations Support

Section: EHS OPS Manhattan Electric

Location: NY-New York-E16 St New Service Center

Job Description

Mission Statement

  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison), Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R), and Consolidated Edison Transmission (CET) employees are required to follow health, safety, and environmental policies, EEO, Standards of Business Conduct, and all other applicable company policy and procedures. We all share a responsibility to advance the company’s mission by excelling at our three corporate priorities – safety of our people and the public, operational excellence in all that we do, and ensuring the best possible customer experience.

Core Responsibilities

  • The Senior Specialist is responsible to provide Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) support so that work activities, including construction, operation, maintenance and retirement of our energy systems, are conducted safely and in a manner that complies with all federal, state and local regulations in addition to Company procedures and protocols. Work closely with operations personnel to support the Company's commitment to Environmental, Health and Safety Excellence. Facilitates efforts to achieve a zero harm and 100% compliance culture.
  • Ensures implementation of Company safety, health and environmental programs for our employees.
  • Adhere to the Company's EH&S programs and provides support so that safe practices are followed and the environment is fully protected in accordance with Company policy and governmental regulations.
  • Engage and support a culture of teamwork, honesty, integrity and openness regarding environmental, health and safety issues.
  • Interaction with Operating Groups:
  • Perform EH&S incident analysis; complete entries into the Safety and Health Information Management System (SHIMS) and fulfill reporting requirements (as required).
  • Work with operating managers, planners, supervisors and field crews to continuously improve our safety culture and compliance with Environment and Health standards.
  • Conduct and participate in the performance of regular hazard assessments to ensure that all potential EH&S liabilities associated with work activities have been identified and appropriately addressed.
  • Conduct, provide feedback and document onsite Job Site Safety Exchanges, inspections and assessments of company and contractor personnel regarding work practices.
  • Work with operating areas to provide EH&S input in developing, critiquing, and revising operating area procedures and work practices.
  • Provide EH&S assistance in investigations and Close Call and/or Time out resolution.
  • Provide advice, counsel and information on EH&S matters to all levels within the operating area.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of EH&S-related programs.
  • Assist with spill reporting and EH&S response, including emergency off-hour response and evaluation.
  • Work with union safety teams and union/management safety committees to promote team work, develop trust and advance our safety culture.
  • Conduct periodic self-assessments to predict and prevent noncompliance.
  • Implement plans, programs and strategies that effectively protect our workers and the public from the potential hazards associated with our work activities and negative impact to the environment.
  • Work to integrate and promote human performance initiatives into our work practices to achieve operating excellence and prevent incidents that may result in injury, environmental issues, vehicle collisions, and equipment damage or other impact.
  • Coordinate and facilitate EH&S-sponsored training sessions and meetings with field personnel. Interact with managers, planners and supervisors to gauge effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Coordinate the company's response to environmental incidents such as spills and releases so that reporting, cleanup, response operations and waste management are conducted safely and in compliance with all regulatory and company requirements.
  • Monitor and track internal and external spill reporting and spill close-out requirements.
  • Provide EH&S support as required in the maintenance, repair and improvement of equipment and ensure implementation, update and modification of SPCC plans, Hazardous Waste Management and Contingency plans, and Risk Management Plans (as applicable).
  • Maintain needed systems to manage required recordkeeping, including reports, filings, and permits.
  • Provide assistance as required in the management of environmental compliance programs and plans such as SARA and chemical reporting.
  • Perform contractor oversight activities to measure compliance and EH&S performance in accordance with applicable procedures and the Contract Administration Manual. These oversight activities will also include pre-work review of environmental, health, and safety plans (eHASP) for acceptance.
  • Interact with other EH&S tenants and operations personnel to ensure safety and environmental compliance, including safe material storage at our work locations (as applicable).
  • Perform other related assignments as required, including response to emergencies 24 hours/ 7 days a week.
  • Assists in reviewing and observing operation and maintenance department activities to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare and present topic-appropriate materials to communicate EH&S-related information and requirements to mixed audiences that may contain field employees as well as various management levels.
  • Perform other related tasks and assignments as required.

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree and three (3) years of operating experience in EH&S field or work on electric distribution system or
  • Associate's Degree and four (4) years of operating experience in EH&S field or work on electric distribution system or
  • High School Diploma/GED and 5 years of operating experience in EH&S field or work on electric distribution system and

Preferred Education/Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree Environmental/Physical Science and Engineering preferred Two (2) years of relevant experience in the EH&S field and or Electric Operations preferred
  • Associate's Degree Environmental/Physical Science and Engineering preferred Three (3) years of relevant experience in the EH&S field and or Electric Operations preferred

Relevant Work Experience

  • Must possess strong leadership skills, initiate and champion change, and have the ability to influence and persuade others in order to improve work practices/processes. Required
  • Must demonstrate proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and/or an ability to quickly become proficient with database packages including Microsoft Office, SHIMS and EMIS. Required
  • Must be a highly motivated individual. Demonstrate a strong Commitment to Excellence, and understand the vital importance of personal accountability. Required
  • Ability to effectively interact with various levels of personnel. Required
  • Strong team player. Demonstrated ability to obtain results. Required
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and ability to successfully complete multiple tasks without compromising quality or timelines. Required
  • Must possess strong oral and written communication skills and have the ability to effectively interact with customers, support staff, regulatory agencies, and various levels of management. Required
  • Must be able to deliver exemplary customer service and develop a team spirited work environment in support of Con Edison's Corporate Values. Required
  • Must be flexible in handling multiple work assignments, changing priorities and various deadlines. Required
  • Must have knowledge of Con Edison's Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Procedures and General Environment, Health and Safety Instructions, as well as familiarity with Electric Operations procedures relevant to typical Electric Operations field activities. Required
  • Experience in safety and environmental incident response such as manhole/vault fires, asbestos releases and environmental spills Preferred
  • Completion of Company CEHSP program as soon as possible. Successful completion of position-specific EH&S as applicable. Preferred
  • Must be able to develop concepts into successful safety and environmental programs. Preferred
  • Must demonstrate a broad understanding of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) related to Electric Operations Preferred

Skills & Ability

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to lead/manage others
  • Excellent collaboration and team building skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple priorities

Licenses & Certifications

  • Driver's License Required

Physical Demands

  • Must respond to system emergencies
  • Must work at field locations in all weather conditions
  • Must perform extended driving through heavy traffic and severe off-road conditions
  • Must carry tools and materials, climb ladders and scaffolds, and enter confined spaces
  • Must work in an environment that includes heat, noise, confined spaces, and high elevations
  • Must climb ladders and stairs
  • Must work on elevated platforms, scaffolds, catwalks, roofs, or equipment
  • Must enter underground vaults through manholes
  • Must work in inclement weather and adverse conditions (i.e., excessive heat, cold, noise, confined spaces)
  • Must work with and in the vicinity of high voltage and/or other high-energy systems
  • Must be approved and able to wear either a full- or half-face respirator without facial hair or other condition that may interfere with the seal, in accordance with OSHA regulations.
  • Must climb in and out of manholes and excavations
  • Must stand, walk, and climb ladder and stairs for a whole shift
  • Must walk, stand, lift, climb, bend, kneel, stoop, and/or reach
  • Must travel to company locations to work on storm restoration and heat contingencies
  • Must wear all necessary personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including; fire retardant clothing and safety harness
  • Must work rotating shifts, including nights, midnights, weekends, and holidays
  • Must use their personal vehicles and transport, store, and secure company laptop computers and other job related equipment in the vehicle. Reimbursement for use of personal vehicle is available through the company mileage procedure.

Other Physical Demands

  • Must be able to respond to Company emergencies by performing a System Emergency Assignment to restore service to our customers.
  • Position requires extensive walking, stair and ladder climbing.
  • Must be physically able to wear a respirator and work in difficult environments (heat, noise and confined spaces).
  • Must be able and willing to travel within Company service territory, as needed.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Technical Difficulty Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison), Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R), and Consolidated Edison Transmission (CET) are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of the individual’s actual or perceived disability, protected veteran status, race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, domestic violence victim status, or any other actual or perceived status protected by law.