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Georgetown Univerisity Senior Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager – Georgetown University in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Senior Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager – Georgetown University

The Senior Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager is responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring, and review of Georgetown University safety management systems, to ensure the safety of staff, students, visitors and contractors, in line with current regulations and University policy. This position is responsible for biological and chemical research review and approval. This position provides occupational health and biological and chemical safety support services for research laboratories campus-wide, undergraduate sciences, and off-site research facilities. This position supervises 2 – 3 staff.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), the Senior Occupational Health and Biosafety Manager has responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

Health and Safety Management

  • Manage the development and advancement of the GU Health and Safety management system (database) and ensure that system integrity is maintained

  • Manage the online safety training system and integration with the database

  • Provide oversite and management of EHS web page content

  • Research, interpret, analyze, and apply relevant legislation applicable to GU Safety

  • Provide oversite to the safety inspection and hazardous waste management program while making adjustments to reflect updates and changes in regulatory guidelines

  • Coordinate all safety aspects of lab commissioning/decommissioning, which may include but is not limited to: training, waste disposal, equipment decontamination, and safety inspection/clearance

  • Develop and provide current regulatory updates for the EH&S website, as well as technical expertise and oversite of website content

  • Manage Medical Center Laboratory Inspection program, DEA controlled substances and Biomedical waste management program

Biological and Chemical Safety Compliance

  • Serve as a member of the Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) and Chemical Safety Review Committee (CSR)

  • Conduct initial and technical review of all IBC protocols for research involving Recombinant DNA, Toxins and Infectious Materials

  • Review and approve Standard Operating Procedures for biological and chemical hazards

  • Conduct initial and technical review of CSR protocols for Particularly Hazardous Substances and novel agents; and make recommendations to committees and coordinate with research faculty.

  • Inspection of BSL-2 laboratories upon IBC approval and protocol changes

  • Provides technical guidance on BSL-2 laboratory design

Safety Training

Initiate, develop, and present multiple safety training topics including new hire safety orientation, hazard communications, biosafety, bloodborne pathogens, IATA, respiratory protection, and personal protective equipment utilizing multi-media outlets – including visitors, minors, and summer student programs

Incident Investigations and Industrial Hygiene

  • Provide IH support and use appropriate instrumentation as part of industrial hygiene function to monitor safety hazards, report conditions, and determine corrective actions

  • Respond to safety incidents/emergencies (after hours as needed) and perform job safety analysis

  • Formulate corrective action plans and communicate lessons learned to the research community

  • Investigate and analyze safety incidents, near-miss events, and work practices at GU/similar sites to improve safety performance throughout the campus


  • Master’s degree in Basic Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, or related field

  • 8 years of experience

  • High degree of initiative towards constant improvement

  • Diplomacy and sensitivity to stakeholder needs with strong emphasis on excellent and expedient customer service

  • Ability to conduct discreet investigations related to safety incidents

  • Working knowledge of the NIH guidelines for research involving Recombinant DNA and CDC’s BMBL guidelines.

  • Good communication and multi-tasking skills

  • Preference for certification in a safety-related discipline – for example, CBSP

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If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here (http://ideaa.georgetown.edu/ada) for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or ideaa@georgetown.edu.

Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website (https://georgetownworks.georgetown.edu/) .

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (https://policymanual.hr.georgetown.edu/https%3A//policymanual.gudrupal.georgetown.edu/201-Equal-Employment-Opportunity-Affirmative-Action) fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation) , disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at https://benefits.georgetown.edu or view the online interactive benefits guide (https://s3.amazonaws.com/georgetown/2019/2019-Benefits-Guide/index.html) for more information.

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