Director, EHS & Biosafety

Southern Research Institute Birmingham , AL 35202

Posted 4 weeks ago

Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) & Biosafety

General Summary

This position is responsible for implementing and maintaining the Environmental, Health, Safety and Biological safety (EHS) programs for a diverse organization including FDA regulated pre-clinical drug development; applied research involving select agents, basic research programs in drug discovery, environmental and engineering testing environments. This position will be responsible for driving the development, deployment and continuous improvement of environmental, health and safety management processes/systems across the organization and will help to ensure compliance with internal and external regulatory requirements and initiatives. The organization has employees stationed at multiple locations in AL, MD, GA and TX.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drives awareness and accountability for environmental, health and safety performance through all levels of the organization.

  • Provides oversight for the Environmental Programs, Biological Safety Program, Radiation Monitoring, Industrial Safety, and Workers Compensation.

  • Recommends and implements measures to reduce or eliminate industrial accidents and health hazards in compliance with all applicable regulations. Communicates progress metrics regarding same.

  • Serves on a variety of internal committees that guide safety and biological safety practices

  • Serves as primary contact for regulatory inspections.

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining the Crisis Management plan.

Position Specific

  • Defines the Safety Culture and communicates the expectations, goals, standards, and metrics used to measure progress.

  • Provides technical and regulatory compliance expertise and support.

  • Maintains awareness of and communicates OSHA, Environmental and IATA/DOT, TSCA, Import/Export requirements to all levels of management.

  • Develops and implements policies and processes that govern environmental, health, safety, and security issues.

  • Manages the Workers Compensation Program.

  • Provides oversight for the Select Agents and Toxins program including addressing compliance issues associated with the Select Agent Act.

  • Administers the Institute's Exposure Control Plan.

  • Administers the BSL 2-3 Medical Surveillance Programs.

  • Administers the Special Immunization Program.

  • Consults with all departments on design and use of equipment, shops, fire prevention and safety program.

  • Plans, manages, and conducts required safety training of employees (including satellite offices).

  • Writes and maintains written EHS plans (including satellite offices) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Inspects or tours facilities to detect existing or potential accident and health hazards, and recommends corrective or preventive measures where indicated (including satellite offices).

  • Provides problem solving/emergency response/spill cleanup.

  • Responsible for initial accident /incident reports, investigations, reports, and corrective actions.

  • Stays abreast of changes, internal and external, which affect the operation of the Institute and proposes changes in practices and procedures in order to deliver the highest quality service.

  • Implements HR processes and other administrative responsibilities associated with the direct supervision of professional and technical resources of the Safety Group. Ensures each staff member has annual objectives established, that performance coaching is provided throughout the year with year-end assessments complete.

  • Responsible for budget development and monitoring; ensures the appropriateness of time and materials charges to projects.

  • Responsible for the quality of services performed in the group, for controlling the efforts and expenditures of the services in this group.

  • Participates as an emergency response team member.

  • Performs other responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MS in Public Health Safety Management.

  • Minimum of 8 years' experience implementing environmental and safety programs.

  • Experience administering the Workers Compensation program.

  • Experience administering Radiation Safety and Industrial Hygiene Programs.

  • Knowledge of air monitoring techniques, ventilation techniques.

  • Knowledge of Hazardous Waste Material Management.

  • Knowledge of regulation concerning air permits including incinerators.

  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of use of PPE and safety protocols related to the possible exposure to dust, radiation, chemicals, fumes, vapors or mists that could potentially affect the employees.

  • Must be capable of working with individuals at all levels within and outside of the Institute.

  • Must be willing and able to be on call 24x7 via phone and able to work on weekends and/or holidays if necessary to respond to emergency situations.

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize a variety of computer programs including MS Office Suite, Access or other database tools.

  • This position will require periodic travel between the facilities.

  • Working knowledge of DOT/IATA, TSCA requirements for a Biotech involved with Research and Development.

  • Familiar with Permit requirements and Export/Import requirements for Biotech.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Code of Federal Regulations to ensure facility compliance.

  • Trained or must be capable of being trained in HAZWOPER, First Aid/CPR, Bloodborne Pathogen, and Hazard Communication. Knowledge of use of protective equipment and safety protocols related to handling hazardous materials.

  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the EHS Manager should possess the ability to: manage multiple tasks simultaneously, have strong organization skills, be comfortable and competent in vendor negotiating, be detail oriented, have the ability to present topics to the leadership team, and provide constant, thorough and professional communication throughout all levels of the organization.

Work Environment & Conditions

This position will work in both an office and a laboratory setting.

  • Ability to wear appropriate PPE when entering the laboratory.

  • Use of a computer for extended periods of time may be necessary.

Certifications, Licenses & Registrations

CSP, CHMM, CET certifications desired.

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