Two New Safety Specialists Join EHS

Mar. 9, 2018

Those who work frequently with EHS may have spied some fresh faces of late as safety specialists Brittany Armstrong and Sean Farrell recently joined the team.
Armstrong is a lab safety specialist and works closely with Associate DIrector Steve Elwood on spill response, shipping and disposal of hazardous materials, as well as general laboratory safety.
Farrell is a workplace safety specialist focusing on incident investigations and campus safety programs. He works frequently with EHS Assistant Director Kelly States and Health and Safety Senior Program Manager Jamie McQuaid.
A native or Portland, Ore., Armstrong received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Chemistry at UC Davis.
She became interested in safety during her graduate research at UC Davis.
“I started working with various graduate student safety groups and really became invested in finding practical safety solutions for my fellow researchers,” she says. “I really enjoy the huge variety that my job offers. There are so many interesting facets of laboratory safety.”
Farrell grew up in nearby Lawrenceville, N.J. and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Environmental Science. He traces his interest in workplace safety back to college coursework as well as a stint manufacturing stone monuments.    
“The job exposed me to hazardous machinery and processes, so I had to always be aware of my surroundings and have a strong focus on doing the job safely,” he says.
Like Armstrong, Farrell enjoys the variety and collegiality of work in the health and safety field.
“Princeton employs people in so many different areas… [with] new challenges and aspects which need to be considered,” he says. “It allows for even the same tasks to be different between departments.”
When he’s not making things safer for Princeton students and employees, Farrell enjoys going to concerts, outdoor activities (biking, hiking, tennis), and spending time with friends and family.
Armstrong enjoys hiking, biking, camping with her husband and dog, touring craft breweries, and going to “as many concerts as possible.”
“Princeton is a beautiful campus filled with researchers doing amazing cutting-edge work,” she says. “I am excited to contribute to such a great community by helping researchers go home safely so they can keep doing what they do best!”