1) Serves as the primary point of contact for PSD and PME principal investigators (PI) and research teams and acts as a liaison for these PIs to ORS and EHS on research safety issues.
2) Collaborates with PIs on a regular basis as a partner in addressing research safety needs, meeting as often as necessary to discuss research work performed, safety risks, training and safety material needs, and other measures to mitigate risk.
3) Works with the ORS to identify training offerings and/or assists the PI in determining training elements that the PI will need to provide via team-specific training.
4) Demonstrates a regular presence in the laboratories, building a strong partnership with PIs and their research teams.Â
5) Works with PIs to assess safety risk and develop appropriate safety controls for research experiments or procedures with significant safety risks with support from the ORS.
6) Provides research safety knowledge and support to departments, PIs, and respective research teams with support from the ORS.
7) Works with the ORS to monitor adherence to training requirements and inform PIs about non-compliance.
8) In partnership with ORS representatives, and in collaboration with departmental personnel, conducts inspections of all research laboratories and lab support areas as determined by risk level for unsafe conditions and work practices.Â Recommends corrective actions and performs follow-up verification of deficiency correction status.Â Monitors implementation of controls and corrective actions. Reviews and researches appropriate hazard control and mitigation strategies, including engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment, and supports faculty and research support staff in the implementation of these control strategies.
9) In collaboration with ORS, conducts orientation training sessions with new PIs, ensuring they understand their research safety roles and responsibilities and how to acquire required support.
10) Participates as a member of the emergency response team including the rotation of On-Call Safety Officer and responds to emergency incidents.
11) Participates in the investigation of all research accidents/illnesses.
12) Works with research teams and ORS to develop systems and procedures for maintaining their laboratoriesâ™ chemical inventory and monitor status of records.
13) Ensures compliance of laboratory safety equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, fume hood certifications).
14) Interfaces with EHS to determine non-laboratory specific training needs for the assigned laboratory areas and research teams and works with team members and the PI to ensure those requirements are met.
15) Works with PIs and departments to procure safety equipment and supplies (e.g., personal protective equipment, hazardous materials) for assigned research teams.
16) Serves on laboratory safety related committees and participates in departmental and campus-wide work groups to facilitate laboratory injury prevention, best practices, and lessons learned.Â
17) Identifies benchmarking metrics for laboratory safety and uses database technology and tracking systems to generate reports.
18) Develops recommendations to improve the overall laboratory safety management system including the tracking of chemical inventories, inspections, and laboratory assets.
19) Monitors compliance and provides information and data to both the ORS and Environmental Health and Safety in support of regulatory agency laboratory safety inspections.Â Â Â
20) Reviews assessments and assists faculty, administrative, and academic department staff in assessment of chemical hazards and personal protective equipment (PPE) needs for laboratory research operations.Â Assist labs in maintaining training records in CATTS or other software.
21) In collaboration with ORS and EHS, conducts orientation sessions for incoming students.
22) Within the first six months of employment, will be required to obtain medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response.
1) Must be detail oriented and able to prepare documents and/or reports as necessary.
2) Ability to maintain professionalism, credibility and good service delivery practices when dealing with all contacts, internal and external.
3) Ability to remain calm and objective throughout stressful and unpleasant situations.
4) Willingness and ability to make timely, sound decisions and accept concomitant responsibility.
5) Ability to communicate effectively and consistently with others using tact when necessary.
6) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and members of the University community.
7) Ability to work with people of various ages and backgrounds and with diverse constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and staff in the University and the Medical Center.
8) Ability and skill to build consensus and credibility across the campus.
9) Ability to resolve conflicts and manage sensitive emergency situations appropriately.
10) Demonstrated self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations.
11) Ability to be on call and available to work nights/weekends/holidays as necessary.
12) Ability to mentally and physically react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during times of conflicts and emergencies.
13) Proven ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
14) High level of writing and presentation skills for both groups and one on one.
15) Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
16) Ability to synthesize complex material to assist decision-making and to communicate priorities.
17) Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities simultaneously.
18) Considerable skill in working both independently and as part of a team. D
19) Demonstrated outstanding written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal skills.
1) Ability to work in inclement weather or weather extremes.
1) Experience in a laboratory or related industry (chemical manufacturing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, research laboratory, etc.).Â
2) Competence in electrical safety matters, particularly in a research setting.
3) Knowledge of safety issues related to the operation of overhead cranes and fall protection.
4) Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental health and safety codes, regulations, and ordinances.
5) Knowledge of basic principles of laboratory safety and chemical hazards.
6) Experience in Chemical Hygiene/laboratory safety practices.
2) Cover Letter
3) List of three references
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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