The Laboratory 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 by providing training, conducting inspections, assessing ventilation equipment, and assisting with biological shipments. 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.
Laboratory Safety Program Compliance
Interact with more than 170 Laboratory Supervisors in over 450 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. Edit and maintain the inspection form.
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.
Review School of Professional Studies laboratory coursework or interns involving minors and assign training to ensure compliance with University minor policy.
Attend the Laboratory Safety Comittee and assist the CHO with preparation for the Committee.
Maintain procedural knowledge to properly evaluate laboratory ventilation devices and work cooperatively with other EHS professionals to evaluate the performance of more than 500 chemical exhaust hoods annually (smoke tests and face velocity tests) and snorkels 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.
Provide technical guidance to Facility Engineers and contractors regarding building design and HVAC systems relevant to laboratory ventilation systems. Annually re-evaluate control banding assignments for laboratories, document changes in risk level and report findings for overall Laboratory Ventilation Management Program.
Post closure notice on fume hoods when preventative maintenance and emergencies impacts fume hood performance and requires that research work cease.
Laboratory Safety Training â‹
Deliver laboratory safety training. Provide back up support for biological safety training and bloodborne pathogens training for researchers and help schedule training dates, manage training database and reserve training room.Investigate laboratory accidents, and write accident reports.Review training materials, recommend revisions and improvements. Assist with issues of non-compliance.
General Safety Support
Work with managers in other areas of the Environmental Health & Safety to include, but not be limited to, 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.
Hazardous Materials Shipper
Maintain certifications in International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines and regulations for shipment of biological substances.Ensure biological shipments are documented, packaged, marked, and labeled appropriately.Ensure import/export permitting procedures are followed, when applicable.
Emergency Response Team Member
Respond to emergency situations, participate in on-call rotation, ability to don respirator and other personal protection equipment, provide technical support to outside responders, assess dangerous situations, and respond appropriately.Assist in developing and maintaining electronic database to record incidents and corrective actions.Maintain respiratory certification annually.
B.S. in Biology or related science or A.S. in Biology.
A minimum of 3 years of experience working in research laboratory, safety department, or doing environmental compliance or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
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 certification.
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.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position.
ALL OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT ARE CONTINGENT UPON A COMPLETED CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK AND EDUCATION VERIFICATION SATISFACTORY TO BROWN.
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Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety
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Internal Number: REQ154973
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