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Dept Name- Biosafety Officer REQ # 2577916
Job Title: Institutional Safety
Roles & Responsibilities:
Development and management of
biosafety programs in biomedical research/teaching, monitoring of facilities,
and training of investigators, students and staff on safe laboratory practices
in the use of hazardous biological materials, including recombinant DNA. Serves
as member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and of the IACUC.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Develops an institutional Biosafety Program from existing elements, and functions as liaison between Grants and Contracts Office, IRB, IACUC and IBC Committees in all aspects of Biosafety, and as liaison between the School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital departments on Biosafety issues. Works with Infection Control, Engineering, Security and Building Services on all biosafety matters. Develops an intranet website for Biosafety Program. Creates surveys of toxic agents and selects agents to be used in institutional laboratories. Investigates accidents involving biological agents in research activities.
2. Evaluates protocols for assigned biosafety rating and sets biosafety levels for research procedures. Inspects laboratories for compliance with NIH, CDC Guidelines and OSHA Standards with respect to biohazard safety. Generates records of inspection and certifications for approved laboratories. Assists Principal Investigators in preparation of grant submissions to various granting agencies regarding health, safety and environmental issues. Prepares compliance documentation for submission to granting agencies. Develops Standards Operating Procedures for all biological, chemical and chemotherapeutic agents for Principal Investigators.
3. Serves as Institutional Biosafety Officer to the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and full member of the Mount Sinai IACUC. Reviews drawings and plans and gives advice and comment on biosafety issues in new laboratory design. Advises Faculty in obtaining CDC Importation Filing Documents and Select Agent Transfer documents. Participates in AALAC and USDA inspections and compliance activities.
4. Serves on the Emerging Pathogens Facility Committee. Addresses biological hazards, routine and emergency procedures regarding the operation of a Moderate Containment Microbiological Research Facility at ISMMS. Serves as the responsible official with respect to Select Agent and Toxin activities.
5. Assists laboratory personnel by providing technical assistance on compliance activities with respect to OSHA, CDC, USDA, NIH and EPA regulations. Participates in the ISMMS Training Program by delivering didactic training at the laboratory level to personnel with respect to the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, BBP Exposure Control Plan and EPA-Compliance Training.
6. Performs safety and health audits to ensure OSHA, CDC and EPA compliance. Makes recommendations based on these audits to bring laboratory practices into maximum compliance.
7. Participates in emergency responses to chemical spills and other chemical emergencies.
8. Assists in performing investigations of needlestick cases and other lab-associated accidents as required.
9. Maintains databases on audits and compliance activities.
10. Monitors biological and medical waste disposal operations.
11. Assists with Accident/Incident Investigations as required.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences with emphasis on microbiology and/or biochemistry; Master’s degree preferred. At least five years experience working in an academic institution, research, laboratory or pharmaceutical company. Experience with a Select Agent Registration program preferred. Registered Bio-safety Professional (RBP) credential is required; Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) certification is desirable.
Strength Through Diversity
The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together.
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Who We Are
Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
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