EH&S/C Safety Specialist
Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Ashburn, VA

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The EH&S/Compliance Specialist (Safety Specialist) will serve as technical associate for JFRC Environmental Health & Safety/Compliance in matters concerning general safety. This includes but is not limited to aiding in the research and interpretation of applicable regulations, aiding in development and implementation of safety training programs, managing operation and testing of safety equipment, serving as laboratory and facilities/engineering inspection team leader or member, aiding in management of safety software, assisting with EH&S/C programs, serving on the emergency response on-call team, and assisting with EH&S questions or concerns for the JFRC community. Principal Responsibilities:
  • Develops, implements, and monitors OSHA and NFPA compliance programs, policies and procedures to control and eliminate exposures to hazards through program management, training, audits, and interfacing with the community.
  • Participates in the development of disaster and utility contingency plans (fire, flood, explosion, electrical outage, etc.)
  • Provides assistance in the overall management of fire and life safety programs.
  • Provides recommendations for the safe use, proper storage, and maintenance of materials in compliance with local, state, federal regulations and JFRC policies and guidelines.
  • Maintains and monitors JFRC Contractor and Facilities Safety programs, policies, and manuals.
  • Coordinates and maintains documentation of inspections performed on emergency equipment as required by OSHA, NFPA and other applicable regulations and standards. Conducts pre-purchase evaluations on various devices and equipment.
  • Participates in safety projects which may require coordination with other employees.
  • Maintains awareness of current safety related issues through courses, publications, professional organizations, etc.
  • Investigates and reviews staff and visitor safety-related incidents, prepares necessary reports such as OSHA records and statistics, and prepares synopses for management.
  • Manages the various regulatory reporting programs for Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Federal EPA (e.g. Title V, CWA, CAA).
  • Inspects assigned buildings and grounds for hazardous conditions and unsafe acts, and prepares reports and trend analyses on the effectiveness of the safety programs.
  • Develops and conducts general OSHA training such as lock out/tag out, electrical safety, machine guarding, etc.
  • Processes product warnings/recalls to include distributing all warnings and product recalls to appropriate departments within assigned areas.
  • Reviews new facility design, renovation projects, equipment application, risk/hazard assessments, and personal protective equipment for compliance with appropriate federal, state and local regulations, best practices, and facility policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Manages the ergonomic program and conducts office and laboratory ergonomic assessments.
  • Participates in radiation safety program for ionizing and nonionizing radiation (lasers, x-rays, radioisotopes, etc.).
  • Responds and assists in mitigation of campus emergencies involving hazardous materials and/or safety and environment issues and participates in EH&S/Compliance departmental on-call emergency response program.
  • Provides as backup support and coverage for overall JFRC EH&S/Compliance safety programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience performing the functions of a safety officer in a biomedical, clinical, or research institution. This experience should include working with safety monitoring equipment, performing safety surveys, researching and interpreting regulations, providing safety training, and managing safety concerns and requests.
  • Experience with general facilities safety, to include a solid understanding of all OSHA and NFPA regulations and standards.
  • Certification as a HAZWOPER Hazardous Materials Technician, or ability to obtain certification within 90 days of employment.
Minimal Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in safety, environmental health, science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics) or a related area, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary.
  • Experience in a clinical, academic, biopharmaceutical, environmental, research, or other biomedical laboratory.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate at all levels of an organization.
  • Ability to perform within a team in a fast-paced, highly diverse, multi-disciplinary scientific environment.
  • Effective tact, diplomacy, and judgment dealing with staff at all levels of the organization
  • MS Word, Excel, and Office Suite software skills.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations and standards governing occupational hazards.
  • Technical knowledge of the purpose and function of laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, chemical fume hoods.
Physical Requirements:
  • Lift up to approximately 50 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Pushing and/or pulling objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Frequent walking, standing (prolonged), sitting (prolonged) or bending.
  • Subject to hazards including moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to temperature extremes, chemicals, oils, solvents, biohazards, and radiation sources.
  • Must be able to pass a medical evaluation for wearing respiratory protective gear as well as wear protective clothing up to and including Level B chemical protective ensembles.
  • Must be able to perceive the nature of objects by color.
  • Must be able to receive and provide guidance via telephone, 2-way radio, or other electronic means.

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