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Safety Officer - Biological and Animal Research Safety
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 2204427
Safety Officer - Biological and Animal Research Safety
Provide technical expertise and directly support the management of research-related hazards used or present in the animal research setting for Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers. Also, perform similar functions as they pertain to researchers in Vanderbilt University in accordance with the Service Level Agreement between OCRS Biosafety and Vanderbilt University. The position reports to the Office of Clinical Research Safety (OCRS) Assistant Director of Biological Safety.
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MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In conjunction with Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) personnel and OCRS Biosafety subject matter experts (SMEs), assess hazards related to the animal research setting and planned research activities; develop guidance related to hazard control practices for new studies, processes, and equipment.
Serve as an ad hoc member, subject matter expert on the Division of Animal Care (DAC) Safety Committee; aid and develop personnel resources and tools related to biosafety for this group as needed
Support the Biosafety Officer in developing biosafety procedures, trainings, signage, and guidance documents needed for animal biosafety level 2 (ABSL-2) activities; actively monitor the ABSL-2 areas for deficiencies/items for improvement.
Serve as the OCRS departmental lead in matters related to OCRS review of animal protocols undergoing review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); this requires working knowledge of an online protocol program and coordination of data for the 3 areas of review (Bio, Chem, & Rad) performed by OCRS.
Serve as a departmental liaison to the IACUC and the Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) for matters related to the use of research related hazards on animal protocols.
Provide emergency response in incidents involving biological materials.
Supervisory Responsibilities: No supervisory responsibilities.
BudgetaryResponsibility: Prepare necessary cost documentation for supervisory approval.
The applicant will have very frequent contact with animal care staff, researchers, principal investigators, laboratory managers, laboratory assistants, instructors, and students. The position will also communicate on a frequent level with other OCRS staff, ACUP Leadership and Occupational Health.
The applicant will have management-directed contact with consultants and vendors involved with various aspects of the Biosafety Program.
The applicant will have frequent contact with students as interns or in research or teaching laboratories. No direct patient contact.
The applicant must be able to lift 50 lbs. and be willing and able to wear required personal protective equipment including protective clothing and gloves, eye/face protection, and, in some cases, negative or positive-pressure respiratory protection. This position requires entry into areas where research animals, biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, and ionizing radiation may be used.
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