EH&S Compliance Specialist (7145U), Environment, Health & Safety 7764
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 4, 2020
The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.
EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The EH&S Compliance Specialist supports the overall research safety program with emphasis on the campus Biosafety Program, supporting the Committee on Laboratory & Environmental Biosafety. The Specialist reviews research, teaching, and biological use authorization (BUA) protocols and procedures for use in chemical safety and biosafety, and ensures compliance with federal, state, and university mandated laws, regulations and policies. The Specialist supports office-wide initiatives and projects to help maintain a highly functioning laboratory safety culture across the campus with an emphasis on developing useful and effective safety procedure guidance.
Under general supervision, implements EH&S programs/policies in the following fields: biosafety and laboratory/research safety.
Maintains and applies working knowledge of technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and research compliance concepts of all associated programs. This includes state, UCOP and UC Berkeley policies. (See **Governing Laws and Regulations below).
Participates in the development and revision of standard operating procedures and guidelines.
Participates in development of training as needed on forms, policies and other subject matter, in regards to use authorizations and safe laboratory procedures.
Serves as the coordinator of Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). CLEB oversees the use and maintenance of biological materials across campus, including research and teaching laboratories and core facilities.
Provides analytical and programmatic support to the campus Biosafety Program and to CLEB.
Facilitate the process of protocol review, approval, and subsequent renewal.
Manages granting agency requests for compliance documentation with applicable regulations.
Prepares agendas and records minutes at CLEB meetings at an appropriate level of technical detail, including a summary of committee deliberations and scientific reasons for committee decisions.
Recommends improvements in processes, and procedures.
Performs the following functions during the review process of Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) which allow the use and storage of biological hazards, recombinant or synthetic nucleotides, and/or genetically modified organisms by the applicants and their personnel:
Applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards with minor refinements to procedure(s) as applicable.
Participates in pre-review of submitted protocols for triage and routing to the biosafety officers or back to the researcher for additional information.
Communicates with researchers and provides guidance to resolve particular issues of concern to meet requirements of external regulatory bodies.
Explains how to document these actions in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Supports inspection programs by providing assistance to the resolution of non-routine findings and participating in inspection or follow-ups when requested. May conduct inspections of laboratories/facilities to ensure compliance with regulations, policies, and procedures.
Provides a variety of analytical duties in support of a function, program and/or organizational unit, which may include deans' reports, the LBNL Assurance report, or the Lab Safety Recognition program.
Participates in analysis and approval activities in preparation for, and generation of NIH reports.
Assists in the preparation of the compliance committee annual reports.
Provides information, reports with appropriate redaction for various public information request
Support EH&S programs, as directed:
May provide training in biosafety and respiratory protection.
May provide respiratory protection fit tests to applicable campus populations.
May assist with campus medical waste program at direction of biosafety officer.
Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Research, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release. Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
Solid, comprehensive working knowledge/understanding of a specific EH&S field (biosafety, lab safety) including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields.
Knowledge and familiarity with federal, NIH and state regulations, and policies pertaining to biosafety and laboratory safety.
Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment, with demonstrated experience in conveying technical material to a nontechnical audience.
Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects and follow through on routine assignments with minimal direction, with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.
Ability to work and collaborate in a team-oriented setting.
Excellent customer and client service skills.
Skill in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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