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Safety Specialist 2 - Oregon Health and Science University

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Location: Portland, OR
Full-time position
Closing Date: April 28, 2018
Job #12416
Posted: March 28, 2018

This position will work in the Environmental Health & Radiation Safety program (EHRS) with duties that encompass all missions of OHSU.  EHRS oversees/manages programs and policies aimed at minimizing safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks to the OHSU community.  The EHRS program encompasses chemical, biosafety, fire/life safety, radiation safety, as well as general safety oversight across the university.  Projects and/or responsibilities in other EHRS Program areas may also be assigned. 

The Safety Specialist II will provide EHRS services under the direction of EHRS leadership, with a primary focus on Biosafety and a secondary focus on laboratory safety.  This position will be significantly embedded in the Research and Academic environment, with additional programmatic duties that span across all mission areas.  The position will work with research laboratories in order to ensure biosafety compliance and support to employees for compliance with NIH, CDC and OSHA guidelines and regulatory requirements. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as Assistant Biosafety Officer under the direction of the OHSU Biosafety Officer.
  • Serving as an alternate member on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for protocol reviews and overseeing the biosafety laboratory auditing program.
  • As part of the biosafety laboratory auditing program, assist laboratories (BSL1, BSL2, BSL3) in developing safe work practices, training, and laboratory-specific biosafety manuals.
  • Assist in biohazardous waste management in accordance with the regulatory requirements.
  • Assist in development, implementation and maintenance of safety program for working with research animals and animal care personnel.
  • Providing biosafety training and risk assessments (for employees, visitors and volunteers), in person training for those working in ABSL2 and ABSL3 facilities.
  • Serve on the Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL3) oversight committee meeting as a biosafety expert for ABSL3 biosafety management
  • Develop training, drills, policies, safety practices as needed for the research and academic missions’ personnel, visitors, vendors and students.
  • Assist the Chemical Safety Officer in inventorying and assessing chemical use/safety across all university missions
  • Serving as an alternate member on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for protocol review, biosafety and chemical ancillary reviews/approvals.
  • Serve on external committees representing OHSU as needed.
  • Provide consultative services to EHRS stakeholders, collaborate with internal groups and outside agencies to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and safety initiatives
  • Participate in EHRS programs focused on radiation safety, biohazardous and hazardous waste compliance, occupational health and safety, and environmental compliance.
  • Represent OHSU during regulatory inspections.

The Safety Specialist 2 works independently and acts as an advanced professional resource in performing specialized and detailed guidance, review and final determination/resolution (as assigned) of activities and areas to determine conformity with federal and state regulations and OHSU policies.  This position provides leadership to the OHSU community in the area of integrity by independent and advanced professional performance of the following:

  • Timely and accurate assessment in accordance with regulatory, policy, and process requirements;
  • Serve as lead in and deliver professional training and education;
  • Serve as an advanced professional resource for safety, compliance and integrity; and
  • Partner with leadership in development, maintenance, and improvement of OHSU policies, SOPs, and technologies in order to maximize compliance, efficiency, and reflect current trends.

The primary work location is the West Campus, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, and will have a strong focus on research operations on the Central and South Waterfront Campuses as well as other locations throughout the Portland area.  Additional responsibilities in the academic, research, and central service spaces may also be assigned at any OHSU location.



Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Experience: 5 years of related experience

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Working knowledge of requirements related to safety
  • Ability to understand biological, chemical and scientific terminology, and to accurately identify drugs, devices, procedures, etc. in order to provide thorough and accurate review and guidance;
  • Must be able to pass an Select Agent Background check
  • Ability to read and comprehend complex scientific procedures in order to provide thorough and accurate assessments;
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment; effective organizational abilities, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills; ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting multiple deadlines and completing projects simultaneously; ability to interact in a positive, productive manner with research faculty and staff, leadership, and other staff (demonstrating sensitivity, tact, and professionalism);
  • Advanced proficiency with electronic systems and software.

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses:

  • Have or obtain within 2 years of hire applicable or related certification, such as RBP, CBSP or CSP


  • Code of Conduct
  • Respect in the Workplace
  • Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole


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