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The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department has an outstanding opportunity for a BIOSAFETY Officer. Provide institutional BIOSAFETY support and for the University of Washington's Biological Safety Programs for regulatory compliance and protection of faculty, staff, students, and the community. This position is essential for the support of the University's research and teaching mission. This position must exercise significant judgment, discretion, risk management, and professional expertise in the interpretation and application of federal, state, local, and University policies, protocols, and regulations. This position is in the EH&S Department, Research and Occupational Safety Section and works with an interdisciplinary team of occupational health and safety professionals with specialties in occupational health, BIOSAFETY, chemical safety, and occupational hygiene.
Biological Use Reviews and Biological Safety Program Development and Support:
BIOSAFETY reviews of research protocols, UW Institutional BIOSAFETY Committee technical support, BIOSAFETY technical support, laboratory inspections, risk assessment, program development, and database maintenance. Includes review of scientific materials, complex projects, and field inspections/survey of research involving the following: biological agents, recombinant and synthetic DNA, human gene transfer and clinical trials, select agents, biotoxins, animal protocols
Evaluate and review laboratory operations and facilities for all aspects of BIOSAFETY to assure appropriate safety controls, containment, and compliance with CDC, NIH, and federal, state, local, and University requirements. Included review of scientific materials, complex projects, and field inspections/survey of research involving: biological agents, recombinant DNA, human gene therapy and clinical trials, IACUC animal protocols
Requires review and assessment of work involving research animals and working in the animal care and use facilities
Review facility designs for new and existing facilities and laboratories where biological agents and recombinant DNA are used
Biological Safety Program Development and Support:
Assist with the implementation of BIOSAFETY Level-3 Program. Assist BSL-3 and select agent laboratories in the development of emergency preparedness procedures and training to include emergency drills
Develop and implement policies, procedures, processes, and outreach/training materials for the implementation of an effective, compliant, and efficient BIOSAFETY Program
Provide regulatory/compliance interpretations and technical assistance to research and research support units. Work closely with research staff, faculty, students, research support units, and other university units, institutional committees to promote safe laboratory practices, procedures, proper use of containment equipment and facilities, and the assurance of safety, biosecurity, and regulatory compliance
Conduct routine compliance audits, identify and coordinate corrective actions, and prepare written status and compliance reports. Provide reports and metrics on BIOSAFETY program status to the Institutional BIOSAFETY Committee, EH&S management, and Institutional Officials
Respond to, investigate, and follow-up with biological safety incidents and perform root cause analysis
Serve on institutional committees as assigned
Assist with occupational health programs supporting research as needed
Develop, deliver, and maintain training content both in person and online BIOSAFETY courses for researchers and research support personnel
Administrative and Special Projects:
Incorporate strategic planning initiatives from the EH&S Strategic plan into the section's and position's routine work plan
Support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met and program goals are reached
Attend EH&S departmental and team meetings, work on special projects, other duties/projects as assigned
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Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Health, Public Health or related field and professional experience in a research setting
Ability to foster collegial and cooperative relationships with co-workers and clients
Requires exceptional written and oral communication skills in working with colleagues, administrators, employees, research departments, health and safety staff, and regulatory agencies
Possess a valid Washington State Driver's License
Able to wear negative and positive respirators, and personal protective equipment
Successful completion of background check by DOJ/CDC
Able to maintain medical clearance to work in laboratories and the animal care and use environment
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Graduate degree in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Environmental Health, Public Health or related field
Experience with BSL-3 laboratories and requirements
At least four years of professional experience in biological safety programs; knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements that govern BIOSAFETY, lab safety, infectious waste management
Registration and/or certification as a BIOSAFETY professional
Experience with database systems, development, utilization and maintenance of data
Working Environmental Conditions:
Office and laboratory environment
Animal care and use environment
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Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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