Safety Awareness Training:
Utilize advance knowledge of safety training requirements and familiarity of academic teaching/research programs to maintain a progressive safety training program for laboratory workers utilizing hazardous materials. Researches, analyzes, and evaluates the applicability of new techniques, procedures, equipment, and instrumentation to assist other program managers with exposure monitoring.
•Assist in the preparation of training programs and other informative materials to promote safe work practices and environmental conscientiousness for working with biohazardous materials.
•Promote the use of novel techniques to enhance the effectiveness of safety education for working with biohazardous materials and foster the enhancement of safety culture
•Use of multimedia approaches especially learning management software platforms and web based informational sites to best manage and facilitate the delivery and tracking of safety education/training.
•Work with academic and other departments (athletics) to develop and help deliver training to meet needs of employees, and students in clinical rotations, capstone projects, high school programs and co-op assignments.
•Presents seminars and class lectures as training sessions for faculty, staff, and students.
Biosafety Program Safety Management:
Serve as the Biosafety Officer to manage the biosafety program that provides consultation, support services, and auditing within the EH&S biological safety programs. Independently carry out duties and responsibilities to fulfill the needs of the University to meet NIH, DPH, OSHA, City of Boston and other regulatory agency requirements for the use of biohazardous materials.
Duties and responsibilities include:
•Multi-level program review and oversight of research, teaching, and medical procedures involving use of biohazardous materials;
•Technical evaluations of use, storage, and transportation of biohazardous materials are correctly interpreted in light of regulatory compliance goals and best management practices outlined in the Biosafety Manual to conform to NIH guidelines.
•Advise NU personnel on safety engineering controls, process safety improvements, and laboratory design recommendations for biomaterials
•Collaborate and lead the development of guidelines and standard operating procedures for the more complex or novel biosafety operations.
•Conduct risk assessments; investigate exposure incidents; maintain record keeping systems to advance the safe storage, use, and disposal practices for working with biohazardous materials.
•Conduct audits in laboratories specifically on the safe use and storage of biohazardous materials, management of biohazardous waste, and general biosafety.
•Audits are scheduled on a routine basis, interpretations of audit criteria and reporting of findings are consistent and timely.
•Supervise technical staff, co-op students (interns), and administrative staff assigned to provide support to the biosafety program.
•Develop emergency plans for handling accidental spills and personnel contamination
•Oversee Occupational Health and Exposure Response Programs
•Advise NU Police Department on lab security for biological materials.
Serve as Secretary (voting member) to the Institutional Biosafety Committee that proves institutional oversight as required by the NIH for research involving recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules.
•Preliminary consultation and review of applications by principal investigators to use or store biohazardous materials in preparation for presentation of research protocols to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or the Biosafety Review Committee (BRC).
•Advise on regulatory requirements on conducting work that may involve the use or potential exposure to a variety of hazardous materials including select agents, toxins, blood borne pathogens, as well as research areas that include xenotransplantation, stem cells, “Dual Use” materials, and nanotechnology
•Co-ordinate acquiring ad hoc consultants as needed to advise the IBC on research activities not covered by current expertise of IBC membership.
•Maintain registrations and file reports as required by regulatory authorities, including the OBA at NIH and the City of Boston Public Health Commission.
•Liaison for safety review information sharing to enhance interaction of the IBC with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)