Position: Safety Specialist
Job Type: Full-Time
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (www.hudsonalpha.org) is a non-profit organization with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, stimulate economic development, inspire young people to seek careers in science and teach members of the public the importance of science in their everyday lives. Located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the world’s leading science and technology parks, HudsonAlpha’s campus contains state-of-the-art laboratories for biological research and development, as well as education, in the areas of genomics, genetics and personalized medicine.
The Operations Department provides all aspects of operational support for the HudsonAlpha campus, including maintenance of facilities; oversight of the shipping dock; janitorial services and common supplies; consultation on environmental health and safety; emergency preparation and 24 hour security and surveillance. The Department serves the needs of HudsonAlpha staff as well as the other tenants on campus.
The Safety Specialist assists in the safe handling policies and procedures for the research projects of HudsonAlpha Institute, which are by nature highly sensitive, confidential, and closely regulated. The position is responsible for evaluating the environmental health and safety needs and regulatory requirements indicated by the type of research and material handled by all laboratories and ancillary departments. The position also serves as an internal consultant to tenant companies, which may share lab facilities yet have different requirements and preferences. The Safety Specialist also aids the security function, providing a safe and secure environment for employees as well as controlled access to laboratories and research facilities. Security is currently contracted to the Huntsville Police Department and requires close coordination to ensure appropriate monitoring and deterrence for the 24/7/365 campus.
JOB SPECIFIC TASKS
- Evaluate safety and security procedural requirements for material handling, particularly those outlined by the Office of Human Research Protections
- Monitor safety programs, policies, and procedures to ensure requirements from OSHA and other applicable entities are being met.
- Assign recommended safety training for employees including instructional methods, delivery, curricula, and vendors
- Perform administrative duties including maintain training records, safety data sheet database, and others as needed
- Ensure appropriate hazmat signage is throughout the campus
- Support hazardous and biohazardous waste functions, including waste labeling, handling, and disposal
- Monitor emergency preparedness plans among all tenants
- Coordinate facility maintenance in areas of fire protection, alarms, elevators, etc. including regular inspections and certificates of operation
- Refer Worker’s Compensation injuries to OSHA
- Create, activate and deactivate employee and vendor badges
- Work with police department precinct captain to coordinate security coverage, including special events and public programs
- Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION AND REQUIRED SKILLS EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor Degree, preferably in an industrial hygiene or life science-related field; or
- Minimum five years’ experience in an industrial safety capacity
- Knowledge on OSHA and NFPA safety standards
- PC and Mac skills including ability to maintain database, prepare and run reports, and present outcomes in PowerPoint
- Verbal and written communication skills; ability to interact with a wide range of people
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors/Mental Functions
ADA Requirements – The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Disclaimer – All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.
- Frequent to constant moving, transporting, positioning, removing, and/or installing materials up to 40 pounds.
- Frequent standing, sitting, and walking
- Walking throughout campus, escorting vendors and inspectors, reviewing and placing signage
- Occasionally ascend/descend several flights of stairs.
- Limited ascension/descension of a ladder.
- Frequently move about a multi-building property.
- Occasionally remain in a stationary position (sit or stand).
- Frequently position self (e.g. stoop, crouch, crawl, bend) and pull and push to install and upkeep equipment, inspect buildings, ensure safety, etc. on HudsonAlpha property.
- Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to distinguish colors in wiring.
- Constant communication in person and over the telephone and radio.
- Occasional operation of power tools, hand tools, motor vehicles.
- Constant mental and visual attention, requiring constant alertness or activity.
- Work in both indoor and outdoor environments with exposure to controlled temperature conditions, cold and hot temperatures, and inclement weather conditions.
- Moderate to loud noise levels.
- Exposure to chemical, mechanical, and electrical hazards and hazardous physical substances and fumes.
- Occasional prolonged and irregular hours which include early morning or evening hours.
- Required to maintain availability to come to work outside of regular workday hours, which include weekend days and holidays, or to otherwise be available to respond to emergency situations on the HudsonAlpha campus (On-Call Requirement).
- Communicate, both orally and in writing, in the English language with individuals in interpreting and enforcing rules, policies, and procedures.
- Ability to concentrate, analyze, and problem-solve or troubleshoot equipment or facility issues.
It is the policy of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in accordance with all applicable laws, to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.