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Company Name:
Brown University, Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Providence, Rhode Island
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
3-5 Years
Education level:
Bachelor Degree

Biological Safety Officer

The Biological Safety Officer will administer and carry out the campus wide biological safety program with special emphasis on research laboratories and research support spaces. This position will be responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of biological safety programs and exposure control plans designed to facilitate teaching and research while protecting people and the environment from potential adverse effects of laboratory agents. The Biological Safety Officer will conduct risk assessments on behalf of the University, identify potential hazards and degree of risk, provide recommendations for solution, and lead and implement actions to limit/eliminate liability and safety concerns for the University. The Biosafety Officer provides leadership and expertise in the area of biological safety to Brown University supporting and advancing research and the safety of our community.

Specific responsibilities include review of IBC and IACUC protocols, inventory monitoring and documentation, facility inspections, management of the biohazardous waste program, biological spill response and post-spill investigation, and updating of Biosafety Manual, educational material, and training.

  • Conduct Laboratory Safety inspections in research laboratories and research support spaces where biological materials are used. (Overall compliance with the biological safety program will be measured by performing annual safety inspections in all areas which use biological agents. The purpose of the inspections will be to identify unsafe conditions or noncompliance with Brown University policies. Findings will be reported to Laboratory Supervisors or other responsible person. The Biological Safety Officer will work with faculty, students, and staff to resolve safety issues by recommending corrective actions and following up until resolved.)
  • The Biological Safety Officer reviews research protocols, activities related to biological research, serves on several university committees, and is recognized as the authority and subject matter expert on all campus-related biological safety issues. (Coordinate meetings and serve as the Secretary of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Review all protocols presented to the IBC and help develop appropriate Exposure Control Plans for each project. Work with the Office or Research Integrity Research Compliance Specialist to schedule monthly IBC meetings, distribute agenda and provide information on issues such as inspection results, new regulations, or accidents that have occurred since the last meeting, act as recording secretary and communicate decisions of the IBC to Laboratory Supervisors. In addition to the IBC meetings, the Biological Safety Officer participates in and works with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), Laboratory Safety Committee, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) as needed to ensure compliance with the National Institute of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other standards for recombinant DNA, as well as other applicable laboratory safety regulations or guidelines. Develop and maintain a database of Biological Research conducted on campus.)
  • Develop and maintain written biological safety policies and guidelines for the University.​ (Determine the needs of the research community with respect to Biosafety and develop suitable policies and procedures for research activities. Interpret regulations and guidelines for infectious agents, rDNA and other regulated materials. Review, revise, and distribute the Biological Safety Manual as needed.)
  • Manage Biohazardous Waste Program. (Provide biohazardous waste support to laboratories, research support spaces, and other areas that crease biohazardous waste. Maintain biohazardous waste container tracking form and work with third party contractor to coordinate timely removal of biohazardous waste from laboratories and research support spaces. Schedule and coordinate biohazardous waste shipments with third party contractor and maintain records on accordance with all applicable regulations.)
  • General Safety Support. ​(Work with managers in other areas of the Environmental Health & Safety to include, but not be limited to, Occupational Health & 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. Coordinate with appropriate personnel for shipments that are mixed substances (chemical, biological, or radioactive.)
  • Training ​(Designs, develops and conducts biological safety training courses such as Bloodborne Pathogens, and Bio-Safety for Brown University faculty, students, and staff. Maintain training records and database for tracking training compliance.)
  • Emergency Response Team Member ​ (Respond to emergency situations, participate in on-call rotation, ability to don respirator and other personal protective 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.)

Job Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, in microbiology, public health, biological science, occupational safety, industrial hygiene or other related field with at least 3 years of related work experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • The position requires a broad knowledge of laboratory safety principals with special emphasis on biological safety practices; microbiology and/or virology; recombinant DNA/vector/gene transfer; principles of containment, decontamination, disinfection, and personnel protection; and federal/state regulations and NIH and CDC guidelines related to biological safety.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to frequent contact with all levels of administration, faculty, staff, students, and visitors including the presentation of information where detailed explanation is required to obtain consensus and cooperation.

Other Information Will be required to work with or around hazardous materials. When acting as an emergency responder, the Safety Officer may need to enter contaminated zones and areas that are immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH), wearing appropriate PPE. Will be required to wear Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Must be able to lift approximately 50 pounds. Must participate in weekend and holiday on-call rotation.

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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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