The Laboratory and Biological Safety Specialist provides support to faculty, students, and staff to help facilitate, assess, and promote a safe and healthy working environment in research laboratories and research support spaces. The major responsibilities for this position will be to support the laboratory safety program and biological safety program by providing training, conducting inspections, supporting the work of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, assessing ventilation equipment, assisting with biological shipments and day to day management of the Universityâ™s Biological Waste Program. In addition, this position will also be on a rotating on-call team for emergency response and help with other safety and compliance related projects as needed.
Provide day-to-day support of the Biological Safety program by providing biological and bloodborne pathogens training, participate on the Institutional Biosafety Committee and support the Biosafety Officer by helping to prepare biological research authorizations and provide backup to the Biological Safety Coordinator as needed. Manage the autoclave safety program and periodically conduct spore testing on autoclaves and report results to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Manage the Biological and Regulated Medical Waste Program including waste collection, ordering and distribution of supplies, management of waste storage rooms, packaging and labeling of waste containers for transport by contract vendor in areas including research buildings, Health Services, Athletics and other similar areas as needed. Provide general instruction and guidance on proper waste management procedures to faculty, students, and staff.
Laboratory Safety Program Compliance
Interact with more than 150 Laboratory Supervisors in over 400 laboratories to evaluate conditions within their area to protect laboratory occupants from the specific hazards of the laboratory. Work cooperatively with other EHS professionals to inspect all research laboratories and research support spaces at least annually to identify unsafe conditions or non-compliance with Brown University policies, develop comprehensive inspection reports and work with the laboratory supervisor and researchers to resolve safety issues by recommending corrective actions and following up until resolved. Ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and being used as needed. Investigate laboratory accidents, write accident reports, and help implement corrective actions. Ensure that safety devices (i.e. safety showers, eyewashes, fire extinguishers and fume hoods) are working properly. Assist in development and assessment of laboratory specific Chemical Hygiene Plans, help maintain databases and ensure compliance with annual reviews and updates from each laboratory.
Maintain procedural knowledge to properly evaluate laboratory ventilation devices and work cooperatively with other EHS professionals to evaluate the performance of more than 520 chemical exhaust hoods annually (smoke tests and face velocity tests) in accordance with current ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 standards.Help ensure that all new hood installations comply with current industrial standards including ASHRAE 110 âœAs-Installedâ testing.Help maintain a database of ventilation devices to track test results, service requests, and provide documentation to management on repair status.Interact with Facilities Management HVAC and Controls staff to correct ventilation issues. Assist in other aspects of laboratory ventilation and design.
The Specialist will also provide General Safety Support to all areas of EHS including Occupational Health & Safety, fire Safety and Environmental Compliance to support special projects and other departmental initiatives. Assist with safety issues as they arise and provide information to employees, students, staff, and contractors regarding safety, particularly in the research buildings. Additionally, the Specialist will work with hazardous materials shipping and research safety training.
B.S. in Biology or related science or A.S. in Biology and equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of 2-3 years of experience working in research laboratory, safety department, or doing environmental compliance.
Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response.
Good interpersonal skills.
Good presentation and public speaking skills.
Must be able to obtain IATA and DOT hazardous materials shipping certifications.
Must be able to lift up to 55 pounds to shoulder height.
Will be required to work with or around hazardous materials.
As an emergency responder may need to enter contaminated zones, wearing appropriate PPE.
Will be required to wear Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) as needed for emergency response
Candidates please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
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Laboratory & Biological Safety Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety
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Internal Number: REQ151759
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