Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is looking to fill an EH&S Sr. Specialist-Biosafety position in Environmental Health & Safety. This position is full-time day shift, 40 hrs/wk.
Job Summary: Under consultative direction, develops, administers, and monitors the biosafety, animal research and occupational health programs. Provides technical assistance on matters related to research protocols that involve human tissues, fluids, cells or cell cultures, rDNA; infectious agents, animals and carcinogens. Conducts walk-through inspections and analyzes data to evaluate health and safety factors in the health system's programs and procedures (including biological agent shipping requirements, bio-containment practices and equipment, safe work practices, decontamination/disinfection procedures). Develops CDC, NIH, EPA, TJC, OSHA, DOE and NFPA programs for federal, state and local compliance. Conducts risk assessments, audits, trend analysis, accident investigations, and site inspections of operations that affect facility design, employee safety, and patient care outcomes. Acts as team leader or technical advisor on projects.
Education / Experience: Master’s degree and 3 years in safety related field (Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology, Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene or Occupational Health); or Bachelor's degree in safety-related field and 5 years’ experience. Prefer at least one year experience in a research facility. Military experience/training may be considered in lieu of the above.
Reports To: Manager, Environmental Health and Safety
Licensure, Certification and / or Registration: Ability and interest in pursuing professional certification related to healthcare and laboratory safety environments (CBSP, RBP, CIH, CSP, or CHSP)
1. Adheres to the general organizational hospital standards to promote a cooperative work environment by utilizing communication skills, interpersonal relationships and team building. Follows organization and departmental policies and procedures. Contributes to the overall quality of service. Assumes responsibility for keeping informed about changes in policies and procedures.
2. Implements the biosafety management program that promotes a safe environment for research and teaching laboratories. Ensures campus is free of safety hazards and code deficiencies and implements programs that facilitate compliance with regulatory and accreditation agencies e.g., AAALAC, TJC, OSHA, CDC, CMS, CARF, NCDENR, NFPA, and NIH. Develops goals and objectives in support of the safety management plan and institutional goals related to biosafety and occupational health.
3. Implements and recommends programs and procedures for monitoring and preventing occupational disease and industrial health hazards (chemical, physical and biological hazards and diseases) in the work area. Assesses work place for occupational health hazards by observing work conditions, assessing records, and conducting interviews. Performs industrial hygiene field measurements and safety evaluations after determining appropriate monitoring and sampling strategies for biological, chemical or physical agents, if indicated. Collects and compiles data necessary for monitoring compliance with regulations and performance standards. Evaluates and interprets monitoring and sampling results, makes determinations, and develops corrective strategies. Makes recommendations for changes in the work environment, i.e. processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment, based on interpretations and principles of professional practices.
4. Ensures campus is free of biosafety hazards and code deficiencies by implementing and refining processes to confirm compliance with the published standards and coordinating the program to assess risk (audit or environmental tour programs) for all work environments. Addresses mission-related requirements set forth by regulatory and accreditation agencies. Provides strategic and timely reporting to institutional committees. Develops and implements processes to manage, track and correct non-compliance.
5. Monitors and reviews the occurrence reporting and injury prevention program including faculty, staff, visitors, contractors and students. Responding to and investigating accidents, injuries, and complaints concerning hazards or uncomfortable conditions in the work place. Performing biosafety assessments or other worksite evaluations in response to complaints, and recommending controls based on principles of professional practices. Collaborates with Primary Investigators, managers and Employee Health Services as needed to resolve hazards and safety concerns in the workplace.
6. Maintains, operates, and calibrates a variety of sampling and monitoring equipment. Actively monitors the equipment and supplies to assure readiness for use. Participates in planning for the departmental budgetary process for cost effective maintenance and/or replacement of the equipment as needed.
7. Reviews new construction, renovation and acquisition projects to provide proactive biosafety and occupational health expertise. Monitors contractor activities to ensure compliance with required guidelines (CDC, NIH, OSHA, TJC, NFPA, state and local fire and building codes and state rules, etc.)
8. Acts as a resource for project teams, departmental and medical center committees as assigned. Serves as liaison between team or committee and facilitators. Creates presentations and reports for meetings.
9. Collaborates with educational professional(s) to develop biosafety and occupational health educational training programs including biological, chemical and physical hazards; safety and monitoring equipment; and safe work practices. Ensures that required programs and training are implemented, evaluated and monitored. Schedules and coordinates training sessions as needed.
10. Responds (24/7) in support of disaster or emergency situations occurring on Medical Center property, such as: chemical spills/leaks; fire; bomb threats; Code Triage; WMD/NBC incidents and/or other threats to the institution.
11. Demonstrates responsibility for personal development by maintaining professional competence. Keeps up to date in technology and current issues through seminars and training.
Skills and Qualifications:
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of safety, health and environmental regulatory standards.
Expertise in word processing, use of spreadsheet software and development of presentations
Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and written communication skills.
Experience using industrial hygiene monitoring equipment.
Ability to work with others in a team oriented environment across multiple departments.
Ability to speak publicly in a variety of instructive situations.
Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
Ability to multitask and set priorities appropriate for the department’s mission.
Works with materials which are Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH)
Exposed to hazardous chemicals, toxic agents, and radioactive materials
Must be able to wear a variety of personal protective equipment in a variety of environmental conditions
May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens
Works in precarious or high locations periodically
Moderate to high noise environment
Work climate varies from clean and well lit to wet, dark, and constricting spaces
Subject to many interruptions and crowded conditions
Exposed to unpleasant conditions such as accidents, injuries, illness, and anatomical research