New York State Public Employees Federation


Health and Safety Specialist

Based in Albany, NY


NYS Public Employees Federation (PEF) is a labor union representing over 50,000 professional, scientific, and technical workers in NYS government. Members include healthcare, education, corrections and supervision, youth services, direct care, and other professional titles.

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of the Director of Health and Safety, the individual will assist NY State Agencies, staff, and officers in the design and development of union-based occupational health and safety programs, provide presentations and trainings, analyze and report on data, attend and support local and statewide health and safety committee meetings, and conduct worksite inspections. Statewide travel is required.

Position is based in Albany, NY (office setting).

Job Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with field services representatives, assist PEF Divisions in the area of workplace health and safety.
  • Advise Statewide Officers, PEF representatives and staff on occupational health and safety issues impacting on and related to development of proposed PEF policies and position papers.
  • Coordinate workplace surveys and inspections aimed at identifying potential hazards and recommending control strategies.
  • Work with PEF Training Department on the design and delivery of health and safety sessions and informational materials.
  • Facilitate the network of Joint Health & Safety Committees by providing training, advice, and support.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a workplace health and safety network.
  • Conduct research relating to health and safety hazards faced by PEF members.
  • Function as staff liaison to the joint Health and Safety Committee.
  • Coordinate the administration and implementation of any health and safety grants (Federal, State or private) that are received by the union.
  • Provide assistance to staff assigned to health and safety.
  • Coordinate PEF's involvement with State and national efforts to promote worker health and safety.
  • Coordinate for Labor Relations staff activities related to occupational health and safety matters.
  • Consistent and reliable attendance.


  • Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene or a related field plus a minimum of three (3) years experience is required;
  • Additional experience may be substituted for advanced degree.

Successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate (both written and verbal) with staff, members, the executive team, and elected officials.
  • Proficient in public speaking/presenting in small and large groups.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Strong organizational skills including time management and attention to detail.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary Range: $63,154.00 (minimum) – $90,538.00 (maximum). In addition, a transportation allowance is provided for this position.

Under a collective bargaining agreement, PEF offers excellent benefits, such as:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance with minimal payroll deductions
  • Group Paid Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401-k with Safe Harbor
  • Pension Plan through SEIU
  • Paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time.

To Apply:
Interested individuals are invited to submit their résumé to: HR@PEF.org.

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