Occupational and Research Safety Associate Job in Columbia

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Job Ref: JR4428

Location: UBC Vancouver Campus

Staff – Non Union

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Job Category: M&P – AAPS

Job Profile

AAPS Salaried – Health Safety & Environment, Level B

Job Title

Occupational and Research Safety Associate


Occupational and Research Safety – Medicine | Occupational Research Safety | Safety & Risk Services | VP Finance and Operations

Compensation Range

$5,468.83 – $7,878.17 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date

October 5, 2021

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date: Nov 1, 2022

Job Description Summary

To coordinate the UBC Occupational and Research Safety Program by performing area inspections and maintaining program documentation required to ensure compliance with best occupational & research practices, guidelines, policies, standards, and requirements of UBC and regulatory/granting agencies, and other applicable regulations (WorkSafe BC, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA), Global Harmonization System (GHS), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), BC Fire Code etc.). Performs worksite inspections of occupational and research areas (administrative areas, academic areas, laboratories, shops and others), participates instructing applicable Occupational and Research Safety Courses, reviews hazardous materials handling, storage, and disposal procedures of hazardous materials, participates in incident/accident investigations related to hazardous material handling, develops and updates training materials, safety procedures and manuals, contributes to newsletter and pamphlets and maintains program documentation as required.

Organizational Status

Reports to the RMS Advisor, Biological and Radiation Safety. Interacts with administrative units and all levels of the UBC research community and plays an integral role in the functioning of the RMS departmental responsibilities. Maintains constant liaison with Supervisors, Principle Investigators, researchers and instructors, laboratory and operation staff, and students, to ensure all are informed and aware of all current and relevant health and safety information..

Work Performed

Liaises with the UBC research community and UBC Operation staff on issues regarding; the safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials; hazard recognition, assessment and control; response to emergencies, and accident/incident investigations. The incumbent will support and confirm regulatory compliance and implementation of best practices through a program of education, training, inspection and evaluation of licensed and approved areas including:

– Workplace inspections: Conducts inspections of all UBC areas including UBC research laboratories licensed for the use of animals, bio hazardous/infectious agents, chemicals, and radioactive materials in accordance with the requirements of the Public Health Agency of Canada, WorkSafe BC, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Tri-Council and other granting agencies. Also conducts interviews with faculty, staff and students at other UBC workplace and research locations and reports all inspection findings to the applicable RMS Safety Advisor;

– Incident/ Accident (I/A) investigations: Performs audits of submitted I/A reports to ensure proper root causes and corrective actions and recommendations have been made and implemented. Works with supervisors to ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC regulations have been met with regard to I A investigations being completed and submitted in a timely manner.

– Consolidated Occupational and Research Safety Database Maintenance:

– Performs initial review of hazardous material research protocol applications for completeness and enters information into computer database. Generates licenses for review by the applicable RMS Safety Advisor, and members of the applicable UBC Advisory Committee;

– Responsible for writing and processing necessary amendments to the existing program documents;

– Instruction: instructing responsibilities in the UBC Radionuclide Safety and Methodology Course, the UBC Laboratory Biological Safety Course, the Laboratory Chemical Safety Course, the Introductory to Laboratory Safety Course, Safety Committee training, and others as directed. Activities include lecturing and laboratory supervision, and participating in Hazmat training for Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. Also provides specialized/tailored sessions as required to faculty, staff and students;

– Responsible for acting as the RMS representative on various Local Health and Safety Committees. Providing new information, supporting Incident/Accident reviews and investigations, and promoting the resources and programs offered by RMS.

– Responsible for the implementation and delivery of the Occupational and Research Safety program, including investigation and evaluation of risks from possible exposures to hazardous materials in order to protect the health and well-being of individuals and the University community. Responsible for promoting, implementing and maintaining University-wide Safety Management Systems;

– Through site visit activities, provide guidance on administrative controls or procedures that ensure laboratory safety and compliance with regulatory requirements;

– Through site visit activities confirm that properly-designed laboratory, biosafety, radioactive and infectious agents-decontamination programs are implemented as required in the interests of laboratory safety, biosafety and radiation safety;

– Interacts and collaborates with University administrative heads of unit, departmental managers, and other UBC staff to provide direction and advice on the application of the applicable Health and Safety regulations;

– Provides guidance to laboratory and operations personal to minimize risks from hazardous materials through the recognition, evaluation and control of these hazards, including recommendations to affected individuals and departments;

– Assists in the selection and proper use of any required personal protective equipment, and engineering controls;

– Develops practical solutions to resolve departmental health and safety non-conformance issues and recommends courses of action;

– Meets with departments safety coordinators and safety committees representatives and provides consultation and guidance regarding techniques for the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials;

– In conjunction with the Local Safety Committee and departmental representatives investigates incidents and accidents and recommends any corrective actions required;

– Provides consultation and training to laboratory and operation personnel regarding proper response to hazardous materials spills and releases;

– Provides consultation and conduct site visits to support compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations;

– Investigates odour complaints and works with other departmental Occupational and Research Safety Associates and Facility Managers to develop solutions;

– Performs employee exposure evaluations and assists with the development of exposure control plans when needed;

– Conducts surveys to assess the potential for overexposure, including air sampling using acceptable monitoring methods;

– Participates in the RMS emergency response program, including emergency service pager duty;

– Auditing the performance of contracted third party bio containment equipment and facilities certification services in accordance with applicable standards and UBC guidelines and policies;

– Collection of pertinent information to support the preparation of annual reports in accordance with Program requirements including any detailed conditions prescribed in the documents issued to principal investigators;

– Prepares statistical and/or narrative reports;

– Performs other related duties as directed to support the implementation of RMS objectives.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Work supervised by Senior Advisor (Environment and Chemical Safety). This position supports the implementation of chemical safety practices to conform to various regulations, federal (WHMIS, TDG) and provincial (WorkSafeBC, BC Fire Code) through the development and implementation of safety training, consultation and inspection programs. Inadequate training or consultation could result in serious injury or disease to faculty and staff and students; loss of equipment or facilities; fines and legal liability to UBC as well as loss of reputation to UBC.

Supervision Received

This position performs responsibilities under the direct supervision of the RMS, Research Safety Advisors.

Supervision Given

This position does not directly supervise full or part-time staff. This position provides functional supervision to ensure compliance of all individuals, including faculty and staff, in their handling of biological, chemical, and radiation hazards.

Minimum Qualifications
College diploma in a relevant discipline. Minimum of two years experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

College Diploma in an applicable field. Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.- B.Sc. degree in a life sciences related field (biochemistry, biology, genetics, microbiology, etc) Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a field related to occupational and research safety is preferred.

– Diploma or Certificate in Occupational Safety.

– Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation is an asset. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.Thorough and demonstrated understanding of laboratory safety. Specific knowledge in biosafety, chemical safety, hazard assessment and control, occupational health and safety, and radionuclide safety and methodology is an asset.

– A minimum of 2 years in a related environment with hands-on experience with hazardous materials in a research laboratory setting is preferred.

– Instructing experience an asset.

– Demonstrated working knowledge of pertinent regulations (WorkSafe BC related regulations, CNSC, Health Canada, TDG, WHMIS, BC Fire Code), guidelines and best practices. – Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
– Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication including presentations in group settings.
– Conflict resolution and interpersonal skills are essential.
– Technical competencies must include hands-on experience with laboratory equipment such as sequencers, incubators, centrifuges and scintillation counters.
– Physical ability to inspect diverse jobsites including biocontainment facilities, research laboratories that may house radiation sources located in physically challenging locations. Must be capable of moving heavy lead shielding when required.
– Computer skills compatible with Windows essential with database experience an asset.
– Valid drivers licence preferred.

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