The Laboratory Safety Advisor is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Harvard University Laboratory Safety Programs on the Longwood Medical Campus. This position is under the supervision of the Laboratory Safety Services Manager and will perform duties in Laboratory Safety in a multi-disciplinary Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) environment with strong emphasis on research laboratory safety (chemical and biological safety, occupational safety & health, industrial hygiene and radiation protection). The primary purpose of this position is to provide services directly to the clients through field consultations, technical assistance, inspections, training, data collection and analysis. This position also provides emergency response support on a team rotation basis. As a member of the EHS team, this person works together with the Laboratory Safety staff to assist with the development of university-wide biosafety and lab safety programs.
Works with laboratories to integrate safety into laboratory operations and promotes safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, best management practice guidance and University Policy. Assists laboratories in performing risk assessments and makes recommendations on appropriate lab safety practices.
Conducts inspections, compliance reviews and hazard assessments of research laboratories, research animal facilities and other support facilities. Prepares and provides timely peer-reviewed reports, assists in and monitors corrective actions, as necessary. Consults with Principal Investigators and laboratory personnel on inspection findings and provides appropriate recommendations based on regulatory compliance and best practice guidance.
Maintains and updates records of laboratory inspections, internal and external correspondence and investigations. Monitors completion of required tasks such as inspections, lab permit/registration renewals, regulatory filings and takes action (with School, EHS and Labs) to complete in a timely manner.
Prepares and conducts Lab Safety training including chemical, biological, general, and physical protection in laboratories, hazardous materials shipping, and other customized trainings.
Prepares, updates, and drafts policies, guidelines, and procedures for chemical, biological, and physical hazards and processes.
Assists in the response and investigation of laboratory-related accidents or exposures.
Implement multi-disciplinary EHS programs including chemical, biological and physical hazard exposure monitoring, animal experimentation protocols, hazard communication and other program areas. Develop written plans, training modules, fact sheets and other communications.
Samples for air quality, biological, toxic and other hazards. Interprets sample/inspection results, makes decisions on findings, reports results to clients and maintain records. Use independent judgment to evaluate potential exposure to hazardous materials, physical hazards and/or conditions. Provides practical and feasible solutions to control exposures and ensures compliance with University guidelines, best management practices and occupational and environmental regulations.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES CONTINUED -
Participates in special projects and assists in the provision of EHS services as requested.
Organizes safety committee meetings with researchers and regulatory compliance staff in assigned areas.
Interprets and maintains proficiency in regulations, standards, guidelines and trends in laboratory safety and environmental health and safety; anticipates and evaluates their impact on clients; communicates requirements to EHS and client management.
Provide emergency response support (24 hour) throughout the University (on a rotating basis). Emergencies include: radiation, biological/blood spill, chemical/oil/waste release, pest control, personal injury, fire, etc.
Maintains strong collaborative and professional relationships with EHS staff, Principal Investigators, researchers and clients while actively promoting a culture of safety. Participates in special projects, either as part of a team or as an individual contributor.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's Degree in safety, industrial hygiene, lab safety, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, engineering or other related discipline is required, with a minimum of 3 years' experience as a safety professional or as a researcher with relevant EHS experience. Working knowledge of academic research laboratory processes.
Candidate is required to participate in 24-hour emergency response activities.
Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel
Must have collaborative customer service attitude and skills as well as exceptional written and oral communication. Strong interpersonal and excellent verbal and written communication skills, with attention to detail, are required. Must possess excellent time management and organizational skills.
Knowledge of laboratory equipment and facilities, ability to communicate complex technical issues to diverse clients. Must have ability to work independently and as a team member.
Must take initiative, be organized, be able to manage multiple priorities to meet deadline requirements, work independently and work as part of a team.
Professional certification or eligibility for certification (Certified Safety Professional, Registered Biosafety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist) desired; experience in a University research environment or EHS program strongly preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49986BR
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Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
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