Biological Safety Officer

Duarte, California (US)
Competitive salary and benefits
May 23, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

Biological Safety Officer

Medical Center - Duarte (Duarte, CA) 

Position Summary

Administers the Biological Safety Program and ensures that institutional policies and procedures comply with all applicable governmental and accrediting agency regulations and standards. 

Position Accountabilities

The following are essential job accountabilities:

  1. Administers the Biological Safety Program and ensures that institutional policies and procedures comply with all applicable governmental and accrediting agency regulations and standards (e.g., NIH, CDC, State of California, and any other special requirements pertaining to Biological Safety). [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]
  2. Monitors safety practices and policies of recombinant DNA and infectious agents' users.
  3. Maintains permits and institutional records concerning the authorization for possession and use of biohazardous agents. [1], [2]
  4. Assigns tasks and provides technical guidance and direction to department staff members.
  5. Develops monitoring programs consistent with safe laboratory practices for activities involving viable organisms containing recombinant DNA molecules or other infectious hazards.
  6. Participates in risk assessment for laboratories conducting biohazardous or recombinant DNA research.
  7. Conducts periodic inspections to ensure laboratory standards are rigorously followed.
  8. Reports any significant problems, any significant research-related accidents or illnesses, or violations of the "NIH Guidelines" to the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Principal Investigator and the Chief Safety Officer.
  9. Develops procedures for handling accidental spills and personal contamination, as well as investigating laboratory accidents involving biohazardous or recombinant DNA research.
  10. Responsible for immediate suspension of any operation, which would cause an excessive infectious hazard.  Provides notification in the case of biohazardous accidents and supervises the control and removal of sources of an infectious hazard, which pose a human health hazard. [1], [5]
  11. Assists appropriate committees and investigators on biosafety procedures.
  12. Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.  Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality. [5]

The following job accountabilities may be reassigned:

13. Monitors and maintains quality control guidelines established within department.

14. Compiles data for and prepares regularly scheduled or special reports, analyses and statements.

15. Assists in the education of students or staff.

16. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

17. Attends Institutional Biosafety (IBC) and Occupational Safety and Biohazard (OSBC) Committee meetings.

[1] The performance of this function is the reason that the job exists.

[2] There are limited employees among whom the performance of this function can be distributed.

[3] This function occupies a great deal of the employee's time

[4] This function is highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to perform this.

[5] Failure to perform this function may have serious consequences.

[8] Exposure to bloodborne pathogens that requires use of personal protective equipment.


Position Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience: Advanced degree in Biological Science-related field. M.D. or Ph.D. preferred. 5 years of combined Health, Safety, and Biosafety experience. Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements. Supervisory experience preferred.         

Pref. Certification/Licensure: Member of (or will become member of) American Biological Safety Association   

Requirements: Familiar with NIH, CDC, and California Biosafety Guidelines and Regulations.

Skills/Aptitude: Detail oriented. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Input data into computer programs. Use computer packages. Use word-processing software. Foster and promote a positive image and professional appearance

Software: Word-processing required

Machines/Equip: Req./Pref.: Air monitoring equipment. Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and other respiratory protective equipement.

Working/Environmental Conditions: Potential exposure to microbiological hazards. Occasional prolonged standing/walking. Lifts supplies/equipment. Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching    

Communication: Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.