The High Containment Biosafety Officer is responsible for assisting with developing, implementing, coordinating and maintaining a comprehensive biosafety program within the Biosafety department at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute with an emphasis on the high and maximum containment areas. Biosafety works to promote a safe and healthy environment for all individuals associated with the Institute, including students, faculty, staff, visitors and those in the surrounding community through technical assistance, education, and regulatory oversight.
Position Title: Assistant Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Lawrence university @ Appleton
Department: Campus Services – Campus Safety
Job Type: Full Time
Posting will be open until filled
Provide leadership and support within a diverse campus community by developing and championing occupational and environmental health and safety awareness. Monitor and manage all safety related functions, including risk assessments and crisis management training. Partner with students, faculty, and staff to ensure a safe learning and working environment.
Position Competencies & Accountabilities
1. Develop and manage the safety and risk management programs on campus together with university personnel, OSHA and other pertinent agencies and vendors. Administer policies and procedures related to areas of responsibility.
2. Develop and maintain the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Bio-safety Manual and other university policies to meet current federal, state, and local statutes and incorporate guidelines from the American Chemical Society, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization.
3. Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws in addition to campus policies by providing training, communicating safety issues, keeping regulatory records, and completing reports.
4. Identify and eliminate safety hazards by conducting compliance audits and inspections and developing corrective action plans.
5. Initiate and execute safety improvements for campus facilities and grounds.
6. Work collaboratively with Human Resources in the management of Workers Compensation claims, injury prevention and Return to Work program, as well as reporting in WHOPRS (WI Hazmat Online Planning & Reporting System) as required.
7. Work collaboratively with departments to ensure all Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are current and available, and ensure EPCRA compliance (Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act) for transparency with community.
8. Implement environmental management system for compliance program of air, wastewater, storm water, waste regulations, facility permits, site plans, standard operation procedures, training, and legal compliance formats. Advise faculty and staff on appropriate chemical waste disposal and coordinate the pickup of hazardous and medical waste materials on university campuses.
9. Assist in preparing the crisis management plan. Serve as member of the Crisis Management Team and help develop training and tabletop exercises. Work closely with appropriate government agencies to develop policies, procedures, and agreements for our crisis plan.
10. Prepare and maintain a budget.
11. Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge & Skills
1. Demonstrate strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills. Communicate effectively and respectfully with all levels of personnel and represent the university to vendors, contractors, and regulatory bodies.
2. Exercise excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize and work independently or in teams. Demonstrate ability to organize workflow and follow through on projects, assignments and responsibilities.
3. Build and maintain solid working relationship with all levels of personnel throughout the diverse campus community.
4. Show strong problem solving and listening skills.
5. Be flexible to come in on off-shifts or during off-hours as necessary to conduct training and investigations.
6. Demonstrate the ability to make responsible decisions in stressful situations and a fast-paced environment.
7. Knowledge of or willingness to learn life safety codes and systems (fire, etc.)
8. Knowledge of emergency management and planning principles. FEMA certified or willingness to obtain.
9. Knowledge of/ability to learn state, local, OSHA and WHOPRS regulations, hazardous material and safety programs.
10. Utilize computer software: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Education, Work Experience and Other Requirements
1. Undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and Safety or related degree.
2. Two years of Safety, Environmental Science, and/or Engineering experience in an educational environment preferred.
3. Successful completion of criminal, driving and reference checks; pre-employment physical and pre-work screen.
4. Must have a valid Driver’s License and must be able to pass the requirements to be a Lawrence University driver
More information and to apply
Applications can be submitted through Lawrence University’s career portal: https://lawrence.peopleadmin.com/postings/277