POSITION SUMMARY: Organizes and manages a variety of Mass. Eye and Ear's laboratory safety programs, e.g. radioisotope safety, chemical hygiene, biosafety, hazardous waste management, etc. for research laboratories at the various sites of the organization to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal health and safety codes and regulations. Manager is an active member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Animal Care and Use Committees, and the Radiation Safety Committee. The position is the designated primary contact for federal and state regulatory agencies concerned with lab safety. Seeks out and interacts with related department leadership, e.g. Employee Health, Security, etc. as needed to develop a robust program and ensure compliance with the research safety program.
1. Plans and implements research safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations, involving other department staff, e.g. Employee Health, Safety, etc. as needed. This includes regular (biannual) review and update of the institution's Biosafety Manual. Provides input to the Mass. Eye and Ear Environment of Care Manual as requested through the MEEI Safety Office.
2. Responds to safety program directives from agencies such as OSHA, CDC, NIH, etc.
3. Develops and implements safety protocols for hazardous chemicals and provides training for lab staff on storage, shipping, and disposal.
4. Develops and implements a Research Lab Safety awareness program. Meets regularly (Lab Safety Meetings) with research staff to discuss policies/procedures, inspections/audits, etc.
5. Organizes and participates in routine inspections of laboratories as required, including 1) facilities/physical plant, identifying deficiencies and working with Facilities/Maintenance to correct; 2) researcher habits/practices, including proper use of PPE, hazardous waste handling and disposal, labeling/signage, etc.; and 3) operations/resources, e.g. certification of fume hoods, adequacy waste disposal systems, etc. Provides feedback and guidance to investigators to improve working environment. Files incident reports as needed.
6. Leads investigation and reporting of accidents as required by regulatory agencies. Maintains institution laboratory accident statistics. Makes recommendations for correction of problem areas and tactics for long-term accident prevention.
7. Serves as the Institutional Biosafety Officer for Schepens. Interfaces with and serves on the Harvard Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS). Coordinates with both SERI and MEEI Animal Facilities and their respective Animal Care and Use Committees; coordinates with MEEI Biosafety Officer as needed.
8. In collaboration with MEEI Security and Safety Officer, manages the institution's hazardous material disposal program and ensures the proper handling and disposal of radioactive, biohazardous, and chemical waste.
9. Maintains records of certifications related to research safety compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
10. Works with Human Resources to develop/provide necessary training modules through HealthStream for new hires and incorporates follow-up training to reinforce the online training. Plans and implements programs to train managers and employees in worksite safety practices, fire prevention, and correct handling of chemicals, toxins, equipment, and other materials.
11. Works closely with laboratory technical staff to ensure excellent communication between laboratories and the Research Safety Office.
12. Enhances professional growth and development through educational programs, seminars, and in-house discussions.
Shift: Day Hours Per Week: 40
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
1. Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences plus additional training or experience in Biosafety is required. Exposure to Molecular Biology and NIH guidelines is a plus. Master's degree with a discipline in Science is strongly preferred.
2. 5 + years related experience.
3. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to present information effectively to top management or public groups. Ability to communicate effectively with federal, state, and local authorities.
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds as needed to dispose of hazardous material. Ability to work around fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals with appropriate personal protection, as needed. Ability to work with radioactive materials.
Mass. Eye and Ear is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, a world-renowned research center, and consistently ranks in the top five in the nation for both specialties in U.S.News & World Report?s annual hospital survey.