Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager, Office of Environmental Health and Safety - Georgetown U

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Full Time
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Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager, Office of Environmental Health and Safety - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University is committed to safety, health, and environmental protection in all of its programs and activities. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) manages Chemical Safety Programs and General Laboratory Safety for the Medical Center, in addition to the Biological, Radiation, Controlled Substances and Laser Safety Programs university wide. GUMC affiliated satellite facilities in the DC Metro area are also supported by EH&S.

The Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager is responsible for managing all laboratory and occupational safety programs including biosafety, chemical safety, hazard communication, respiratory protection, safety training, safety inspections, accident/incident investigation, job safety analysis, and management of the Environmental Health and Safety Database.  Reporting to the Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety, and supervising 2 subordinate positions, the Occupation Health and Biosafety Manager has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as an active member of the Georgetown University Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Chemical Safety Review Committee, Joint Safety Team, and Facilities Safety Committee in order to contribute technical knowledge, expertise, and experience to inform students, faculty, and staff of institutional/research requirements; and participates in other relevant teams/committees as assigned.
  • Manages the development, update, and implementation of safety policies, guidelines, and procedures in the relevant programmatic areas, as dictated by industry best practices and applicable regulations. 
  • Develops and presents training materials in all programmatic areas. 
  • Reviews and gives approval for SOPs involving work with Particularly Hazardous Substances in various types of research using hazardous chemicals. 
  • Reviews all IBC protocol submissions for completeness, and - based on content - contributes input as to the necessary biosafety precautions that should be undertaken in the lab based on NIH Recombinant DNA, CDC Infectious Disease, and BMBL BSL Guidelines. 
  • Conducts incident/accident investigations, writes reports, makes recommendations, and enacts corrective actions. 
  • Conducts Job Safety Analysis, writes applicable reports, and makes relevant recommendations.  
  • Provides oversight to the management of all records and data through the use and maintenance of a EH&S database.      


  • Bachelor's degree in safety or a related discipline, which may include environmental health, chemistry, biology, biomedical/health sciences - preference for Master's degree in same discipline/s
  • 8 years of experience is required with a demonstrated progression of responsibility.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in applying relevant laboratory safety regulations - for example, s OSHA, NIH/ CDC, BMBL, DOT, IATA, EPA, DEA scheduled substances, and BOCA 
  • High degree of initiative towards constant improvement
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity to stakeholder needs with strong emphasis on excellent and expedient customer service
  • Ability to conduct discreet investigations related to safety incidents
  • Good communication and multi-tasking skills
  • Demonstrated record of initiative-taking towards continual improvement and opportunity seeking to expand the capabilities/competencies/services of the department
  • Diplomatic and discreet interpersonal communication skills, as well as acute observational skills and an eye for detail
  • Commitment to continuous pursue the highest-quality work product 
  • Ability to cultivate a collegial collaboration with other individuals in the department and across partner departments and organizations
  • Advanced public speaking, presentation, and program development skills

Preferred qualification

Secondary safety certifications are also preferred (i.e., CSP, RBP, CBSP, OSHA 30, and HAZWOPER 40)

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EEO Statement:

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