Reporting to EH&S's Research Safety Program Leader, the Senior Safety Advisor will maintain a client-focused approach and be accountable for assessing research safety procedures and practices and developing creative, sustainable and compliant solutions that meet the operational needs of research personnel and are consistent with University standards and best practices. Through collaborations with EH&S colleagues and various University stakeholders and affiliates, the Senior Safety Advisor will ensure effective and efficient implementation and management of biological, chemical and radiation safety program elements in alignment with the Research Safety Program Strategic Plan.
Assist EH&S Associate Manager and/or Manager in the initial on-boarding and subsequent supervision of Safety Advisor team members.
Serve as EH&S's program lead for the University's laboratory waste management program, ensuring a high level of safety and regulatory compliance (e.g., inspection-readiness) is consistently maintained across all University campuses and University-affiliate campuses. This will include managing current program strategies, as well as developing and implementing new strategies using internal auditing metrics and client feedback, as well as managing regulatory paperwork, preparing annual updates of the Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan and Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan, performing periodic internal audits of programs and regulatory documents and assessing regulatory changes.
Proactively identify new hazardous materials and research safety program needs, develop a program strategy, lead its implementation and manage its continued success.
Enhance the University's laboratory sustainability programs through active engagement with University stakeholders including developing multimedia tools for educating University personnel regarding waste reduction and proper waste segregation and recycling and monitoring performance.
Oversee the development and presentation of training, data and outreach materials to inform University research community and partners (e.g. Facilities, Public Safety, etc.) of relevant safety programs and conditions to advance University safety culture. Inclusive of, but not limited to, regular monthly trainings and specialized topics and sessions for University groups.
Perform accident/incident investigations across all University operations, conduct root cause analysis, propose and lead corrective actions implementation effort for accident prevention.
Collaborate with Occupational Safety Program teammates to lead and/or participate in chemical and non-chemical exposure assessments/monitoring of various laboratory and non-laboratory activities and assist in making appropriate recommendations for exposure minimization (e.g.., product substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, personal protective equipment, etc.) and perform follow-up to ensure recommendations have been implemented and are effective.
Contribute to the continued enhancement of the University's Academic Machine Shop/Maker Space safety program through active engagement with shop managers and users.
Support the Occupational Safety Team in the management of the University's Respiratory Protection program.
Respond and participate in emergency responses in laboratories and administrative buildings (hazardous materials, indoor air quality, water intrusion and mold assessments) both during and outside standard business hours. Assist in proactively communicating ongoing status, resolution and detailed reports to all affected parties.
Assist with vendor-based hazardous waste activities, as needed, by ensuring transfer, storage and disposal of laboratory wastes comply with University policies and government regulations.
Assist in documentation and recordkeeping for various programs.
Develop professional contacts at peer institutions with staff performing similar activities. Be able to expand skill set to assist other program areas (Biological/Radiation) and provide cross-coverage in these areas, as necessary.
Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required (scientific discipline such as Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences preferred). 3 or more years of relevant experience in the environmental health and safety field is required, preferably in a laboratory environment. An appropriate combination of education and experience, meeting Columbia University criteria, may be considered in lieu of these requirements.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as a member of a team; ability to facilitate effective operational integration, collaboration and teamwork within EH&S and Columbia University; ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks and exercise good judgment in managing time; ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, unions, customers, the public, regulatory agencies and co-workers through practical and positive communication; ability to operate industrial hygiene/environmental equipment and information technologies, including advanced database, spreadsheet, presentation design software and word processing editing features; ability to understand, interpret and convey measurements, data, standards and hazardous materials information; strong written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and actively on complex topics and to convey risks effectively; ability to simplify guidance for students and staff, and to prepare thoroughly documented technical reports, excellent oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to prepare professional-quality presentations, speak clearly and engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups of diverse audiences; ability to stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel; ability to work in a variety of physical environments, including outdoors and inclement weather/temperature; ability to periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing/pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations surveys, decommissioning or emergency response; ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment
Knowledge of the structure of occupational and environmental health and safety activities related to biomedical or academic research is desired. Safety training experience preferred. OSHA 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER certification preferred; RCRA and DOT certifications a plus.
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