1) Serves as the single point of contact for his/her assigned departments, Principal Investigators (PIs), and research teams on research safety issues.
2) Assists with all research safety support, collaborating with the Office of Research Safety, Animal Resource Center, and Environmental Health and Safety, as needed.
3) Collaborates with assigned 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.
4) Provides research safety knowledge and support to assigned departments, PIs, and respective research teams with support from the Office of Research Safety.
5) Demonstrates a regular presence in the laboratories, building a strong partnership with assigned PIs and their research teams.Â
6) Works with research teams to develop systems and procedures for maintaining their laboratoriesâ™ chemical inventory and monitor status of records.
7) Ensures compliance of laboratory safety equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, fume hood certifications).
8) 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 Office of Research Safety.
9) Provide assistance to PIs in developing Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols in conjunction with the Office of Research Safety and Animal Resource Center veterinarians.
10) Collaborates with PIs to determine research safety training needs and how they can be met by the Office of Research Safety offerings and assist the PI in determining training elements PIs need to provide via team-specific training.
11) Interfaces with Environmental Health and Safety 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.
12) Conducts orientation training sessions with new PIs, ensuring they understand their research safety roles and responsibilities and how to acquire required support.
13) Works with the Office of Research Safety to monitor adherence to training requirements and inform PIs about non-compliance.
14) Works with PIs and departments to procure safety equipment and supplies (e.g., personal protective equipment, hazardous materials) for assigned research teams.
15) Conducts inspections of all research laboratories and lab support areas as determined by risk level for unsafe conditions and work practices, recommends corrective actions, and performs follow-up verification of deficiency correction status.Â
16) Assists and partners with the Office of Research Safety staff for laboratory safety inspections with a representative of the research team, ensuring adherence to government regulations and University and department/division standards, policies and procedures.
17) Collaborates with laboratory and administrative personnel to perform laboratory safety incident investigations and monitors implementation of controls and corrective actions.
18) 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
19) Identifies benchmarking metrics for laboratory safety and uses database technology and tracking systems to generate reports.
20) Participates as a member of the emergency response team and responds to hazardous material releases and serves in the appropriate response role based on training and expertise.
21) Develops recommendations to improve the overall laboratory safety management system including the tracking of chemical inventories, inspections, and laboratory assets.
22) Monitors compliance and provides information and data to both the Office of Research Safety and Environmental Health and Safety in support of regulatory agency laboratory safety inspections.Â Â Â
23) 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.
24) 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.
1) Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental health and safety codes, regulations, and ordinances.
2) Knowledge of basic principles of laboratory safety and chemical hazards.
3) Must be detail oriented and able to prepare documents and/or reports as necessary.
4) Ability to maintain professionalism, credibility and good service delivery practices when dealing with all contacts, internal and external.
5) Ability to remain calm and objective throughout stressful and unpleasant situations.
6) Willingness and ability to make timely, sound decisions and accept concomitant responsibility.
7) Ability to communicate effectively and consistently with others using tact when necessary.
8) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and members of the University community.
9) 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.
10) Ability and skill to build consensus and credibility across the campus.
11) Ability to resolve conflicts and manage sensitive emergency situations appropriately.
12) Demonstrated self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations.
13) Ability to be on call and available to work nights/weekends/holidays as necessary.
14) Ability to work in inclement weather or weather extremes.
15) Ability to mentally and physically react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during times of conflicts and emergencies.
16) Proven ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
17) High level of writing and presentation skills for both groups and one on one.
18) Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
19) Ability to synthesize complex material to assist decision-making and to communicate priorities.
20) Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities simultaneously.
21) Considerable skill in working both independently and as part of a team.
22) Demonstrated outstanding written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal skills.
1) Bachelorâ™s degree in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, engineering, or one of the life sciences.
4) Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response.
1) Five plus years of experience in a laboratory or related industry (chemical manufacturing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, research laboratory, etc.).
2) Experience in Chemical Hygiene/laboratory safety practices.
1) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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