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Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. The position works at the Medical School Campus.
This Biosafety Compliance Specialist (BCS) position has responsibility for implementing and monitoring IBC procedures required for compliance with Washington University policies, federal and sponsoring agency regulations and guidelines including but not limited to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (Guidelines), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The BCS will be responsible for implementing and monitoring Washington University policies and procedures related to biosecurity including, but not limited to, tracking of Material Transfer Agreements (in concert with the WU Office of Technology Management) and Department of Commerce Export Controls Regulations.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversee EH&S-related training development and delivery
- Assist with development and maintenance of staff compliance portal to track training and other compliance requirements
- Review and update all laboratory and clinic training materials as required
- Assist BSO/ABSO with reviewing and updating all BCSD-related policies and procedures (including CHP) on an annual basis
- Assist BSO with development of new University-wide initiatives and special projects as needed to maintain compliance
- Directs the development and delivery of the DOT/IATA Shipping Program for Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens. Handles scheduling of trainers to ensure equal distribution of training load. Maintains records of all IATA-related training activities. Assists researchers when applying for import or export permits for the transport of Dangerous Goods.
- Participate in weekly IBC protocol reviews, including communicating with Principal Investigators to obtain additional information required for thorough risk assessment.
- In concert with the Office of Technology Management (OTM), coordinates the processing of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) related to biological materials.
- Develops procedures to ensure and document compliance with regulations and guidelines governing biological research materials for which an MTA s required or requested.
- When necessary, requests and procures IBC protocols from Principal Investigators requesting completion of an MTA.
- Serves as an Alternate Responsible Official and assists the BSO/RO in overseeing the Select Agent Program.
- Serve as a member of the WU Hazardous Materials Spill Response Team (HAZWOPER).
- Perform other duties as assigned
- B.S. or B.A. degree required, biological sciences preferred.
- Five years work experience in research compliance, research administration or EH&S-related activities required, preferably at a research-intensive university or research institute.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience working on or with institutional compliance programs and committees (e.g. Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board-Human Subjects Committee.) Additional work experience in a biomedical research setting is preferred.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Successful candidates must submit to U.S. Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment. DOT/IATA Dangerous Goods Shipping Certification.
Potential exposure to chemicals, radioactive materials, and potentially infectious materials in a laboratory environment. Will need to carry an on-call (24/7) pager for spill response approximately once a quarter. Need to wear personal protective equipment during inspections and spill remediation. Occasional lifting >25 pounds. Use of specialized equipment (mercury vacuum, SCBA, air monitoring equipment, etc.).
This position is eligible for full-time benefits.� Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.
This is a full time position in the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at Washington University (WU) in St. Louis, Missouri. This position assists the Environmental Health and Safety Department in providing a safe work environment, fostering a safety culture among University staff and helps to maintain the institution’s compliance with federal, state and local environmental and safety regulations. This position is responsible for making decisions that affect other’s safety and well-being.
The Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Committee (IBC) is responsible for oversight of research activities in the biological and biomedical disciplines as well as administration of institutional policies and procedures related to biosecurity and to research involving recombinant DNA molecules, infectious or potentially infectious materials, research animals, or hazardous chemicals.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.