Under the direction of the Children's National Research Institute (CNRI) Research Facility & Biosafety Director, the Research Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Manager will provide leadership and support to CHRI Research Safety Program by promoting and supporting a comprehensive laboratory safety program throughout the Institute research enterprise and affiliate initiatives. The REH&SM will support and advance a positive, proactive laboratory safety program in a complex environment, working as a leader and member of the organizational safety team and collaborating with departmental designated coordinators, hospital safety program colleagues and program leaders. The individual will be responsible for providing professional leadership, administrative oversight and for managing laboratory safety operations, services and programs in all locations. He/she will develop, maintain and promote policies, procedures and programs for laboratory safety, and ensure the campuses are compliant with pertinent local, state and federal laboratory health and safety codes, standards and regulations. The REH&SM will serve as the Biosafety Officer to manage the biosafety program that provides consultation, support services, and auditing within the EH&S biological safety programs. He/she will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the CNRI Biosafety Program and coordinate the activities of the Institutional Biosafety Program (IBC) committee. The position will be responsible for the effective implementation and ongoing quality improvement of technology-based systems for the Research Safety team, including but not limited to chemical tracking, database and training. This position will have supervisory responsibility for additional Research Safety Team positions as well as direct the activities of departmental designated coordinators.
Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor of Science degree required in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, bioengineering, applied health science or other applicable degree. (Required)
BS or MS degree in microbiology and a background in laboratory biosafety or related field preferred. (Preferred)
Minimum Work Experience
Specific Requirements and Preferences
Minimum of 4 years experience working in an academic environment providing occupational and environmental health/safety services. Experience working within laboratory safety programs such as general, lab safety, biosafety, and radiation protection preferred. One year experience supervising support staff. Ability to lead a team, as well as participate as an active team member. Eligibility to pursue professional certification highly desirable. Note, an appropriate combination of an advanced degree and experience, may be considered in lieu of these requirements. (Required)
Knowledge of federal, state and city regulations pertaining to health and safety.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as a member of a team; ability to facilitate effective operational integration, collaboration and teamwork.
Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously and exercise good judgment in managing time, including maintaining a flexible presence at multiple campus locations.
Ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with faculty, staff, trainees, customers, the public, regulatory agencies and co-workers through practical and positive communication.
Ability to simplify guidance for faculty and staff, and to prepare thoroughly documented technical reports, excellent oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to prepare professional-quality presentations and reports and communicate risks effectively.
Ability to perform safety investigations, operations surveys, decommissioning or emergency response; ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment.
Knowledge of environmental health and occupational safety principles as well as ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations, technical reports, and research protocols.
Experience with OSHA requirements and best management practices for training employees and students on safe work practices when andling hazardous materials or equipment.
Excellent coordination and communication skills to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of lab workers, facilities trade groups, and construction project managers towards best procedures to implement best safety management practices.
Knowledge of the structure of laboratory safety programs in an academic or research setting. Familiarity with environmental health and safety management software. Experience leading a hazardous materials incident response. Experience with developing and delivering effective safety training for groups of personnel. OSHA 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER certification preferred; RCRA and DOT certifications a plus.
Responsible Conduct of Research & Compliance
1. Ensure compliance with standards for the responsible conduct of research and organizational policies and procedures
2. Assist faculty in the planning, conducting, and management of research projects within the federal and institutional regulations and policies under the direction of the principal investigator
3. Responsible for appropriate use of research funds and resources
4. Ensure institute wide compliance with annual training requirements
Program and Service Administration and Implementation
1. Assist in the implementation of the CNRIC laboratory safety plan including short-term and long-term objectives through management of day-to-day operations.
2. Utilize advance knowledge of safety training requirements and familiarity of academic teaching/research programs to maintain a progressive safety training program for laboratory workers utilizing hazardous materials.
3. Develop of training programs and other informative materials to promote safe work practices and environmental conscientiousness for working with biohazardous materials.
4. Serve on institutional safety committees and strategic inanities
Biosafety Program Safety Management
1. Ensure technical evaluations of use, storage, and transportation of biohazardous materials are correctly interpreted in light of regulatory compliance goals and best management practices outlined in the Biosafety Manual to conform to NIH guidelines.
2. Conduct risk assessments; investigate exposure incidents; maintain record keeping systems to advance the safe storage, use, and disposal practices for working with biohazardous materials.
3. Conduct audits in laboratories specifically on the safe use and storage of biohazardous materials, management of biohazardous waste, and general biosafety.
4. Audit are scheduled on a routine basis, interpretations of audit criteria and reporting of findings are consistent and timely.
5. Develop emergency plans for handling accidental spills and personnel contamination
6. Oversee Occupational Health and Exposure Response Programs Biosafety Committee
7. Serve as Secretary (voting member) to the Institutional Biosafety Committee that proves institutional oversight as required by the NIH for research involving recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules.
8. Preliminary consultation and review of applications by principal investigators to use or store biohazardous materials in preparation for presentation of research protocols to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
9. Advise on regulatory requirements on conducting work that may involve the use or potential exposure to a variety of hazardous materials including select agents, toxins, blood borne pathogens,as well as research areas that include xenotransplantation, stem cells, “Dual Use” materials, and nanotechnology
10. Coordinate acquiring ad hoc consultants as needed to advise the IBC on research activities not covered by current expertise of IBC membership.
11. Maintain registrations and reports as required by regulatory authorities
12. Liaison for safety review information sharing to enhance interaction of the IBC with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Management of Human Capital and Organizational Relationships
1. Manage safety issues related to the on-boarding and off-boarding of faculty, staff and trainees according to established guidelines and policies and procedures
2. Hire, manage, train and motivate direct reporting staff according to company procedures, policy and employment law
3. Stay informed as to relevant skill, training and qualifications levels required by staff for effective performance, and circulate requirements and relevant information to the center as appropriate