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Keeping Our Patients, Visitors and Staff Safe

Opportunities in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) works to keep our patients, employees, and visitors safe. EHS upholds MSK's dedication to protecting the environment through prevention, preparedness, and effective response.

EHS is a diverse group of about 40 passionate staff members. Together, we use knowledge and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds to shape EHS programs that are implemented enterprise-wide from industrial hygiene to ergonomics.

We provide several services and functions throughout MSK, offer technical assistance, and have staff on-site and available for any EHS issue or emergency 24/7, 365 days a year. We serve all MSK facilities including clinical, research, and administrative facilities, a total of over 40 locations and growing.

EHS offers career opportunities for all types of job seekers, from entry-level to experienced, to grow with our EHS team. We offer generalist, specialist, administrative, and leadership roles depending on applicants’ interests and career goals.

EHS at Memorial Sloan Kettering

MSK’s growth as an institution has also lead to the growth of our construction safety program. EHS is involved in all construction projects at MSK to ensure that job site and surrounding areas are safe during pre-construction, construction, and post-construction phases.

All EHS staff are trained to respond to a variety of different emergencies, incidents, or issues whether they be in New York City, New Jersey, Westchester, or Long Island. Any given time or day, EHS is the first point of contact for indoor air quality issues, fire alarms, life safety emergencies, floods or water leaks, gas leaks, physical safety issues, and more.

Additionally, our Emergency Management team plans, conducts exercises, and continuously improves MSK’s strategies for handling any and all types of emergencies. 

Our Environmental Management program entails general environmental compliance and waste management, spills, oil handling and storage, air emissions, wastewater, chemical use reporting, and any other general environmental management functions at MSK.

EHS handles all matters related to fire and life safety training, drills, protection systems, extinguishers, hot work, event safety, and more. Our department assesses all instances where there is a possible impairment to fire or life safety to ensure appropriate interim measures are in place. EHS also manages fire system vendors responsible for testing and maintaining MSK buildings.

EHS is the point of contact for all matters related to chemical, biological, and hazardous materials enterprise-wide. This includes general safety, handling, storage, waste, and spills not just patient care space, but in the hundreds of research and clinical laboratories within MSK.

Our wide reaching chemical safety program addresses chemical storage and inventory issues, hazard communication, chemical exhaust ventilation, and any other chemical safety-related issue.

Similarly, our biological safety program extends to all areas of MSK including both clinical and research arms. EHS conducts biosafety assessments, training, and is involved with the Institutional Biosafety Committee. EHS also manages biological material shipments.

EHS conducts PPE assessments and all respiratory fit testing for the institution to ensure that our employees are protected from exposure to chemical and biological agents.

EHS implements and oversees all programs related to health and safety including:

  • Ergonomics
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Physical Hazards (Facilities Safety)
  • Injury Prevention
  • Office Safety

Our team also administers an Industrial Hygiene program to address all matters regarding exposure monitoring and control. This includes the Respiratory Protection Program and other elements of the Personal Protective Equipment program.

One of EHS’s responsibilities involves regulatory compliance including all local, state, and federal environmental health and safety standards. EHS staff members are often involved with inspections and permitting and provide resources and advisement in preparation for surveys or other regulatory activities.

Safety Advisor Program

The Safety Advisor program was created to enhance EHS reach across MSK. Safety Advisors work as EHS generalists assigned to specific MSK locations geographically, or to serve as general responders for the institution 24/7 based out of our York Ave location. Safety Advisors are trained in all EHS programs, services, and functions to:

  • Respond to emergencies, incidents, and technical requests
  • Conduct inspections and surveys
  • Perform fit testing and fume hood certifications
  • Manage hazardous waste and disposal
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Perform training
  • And serve as EHS’s first line of defense for safety matters

"MSK really cares about the health and safety of their employees. While I don't work with patients directly, I have the reward of helping our staff do their jobs more efficiently and comfortably." 

Lisa Zakhari Ergonomist

"Some of the most rewarding experiences have been working with different departments to recover the clinical space after emergencies or to improve patient's experiences. "We care" is not only a slogan, but it's a reality at MSK." 

Ying Zhen Senior Industrial Hygienist

"I consider myself lucky because I leave with a sense of pride and fulfillment at the end of each day knowing that my day to day work was critical in ensuring the safety of the MSK community."

Ahmed Fathalla Safety Advisor
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