Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.
Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.
Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Supervisor: Laboratory Safety Programs.
Reporting to the Manager, EHS, the Supervisor: Laboratory Safety Programs (henceforth the “Supervisor”) is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of systems and programs for the prevention and management of all aspects of laboratory safety associated with the academic and research mandate of the university.
The Supervisor provides professional and specialized technical services and training to address all aspects of laboratory safety, including the core areas of chemical, biological and radiation safety, to faculty, staff and students. The Supervisor must have excellent interpersonal skills in order to effectively achieve compliance and influence the performance of those and working in laboratories and supervising the work taking place in laboratories.
As a health and safety expert, the Supervisor is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining university-wide and multi-campus laboratory safety programs to ensure the university’s due diligence in the mitigation of risk associated with laboratory activities. Professional and administrative advice in the management of laboratory safety programs is provided, and expert authority and accountability in accordance with all applicable legislation is exercised. The Supervisor represents the university in laboratory related regulatory matters, audits, inspection and investigations.
The Supervisor acts as the Radiation Safety Officer and manages radiation exposure levels through an effective ALARA program; completes the application for and renewal of the university’s CNSC License and ensures the specific conditions of the license and related legislation are met, provides expert technical advice to lead the Radiation Safety Committee through radioisotope permit reviews, develops and delivers training to the users and support staff accessing the laboratories.
The Supervisor acts as the Laser Safety Officer and manages all aspects of safety associated with the use of lasers including the management of an internal laser registration and permits for the approval of spaces where lasers are used.
The Supervisor acts as the X-ray Safety Officer and manages all aspect of safety associated with the use of x-ray equipment, including the registration of x-ray equipment with the Ministry of Labour’s Radiation Protection Service.
The Supervisor acts as the Biosafety Officer and manages all aspect of safety associated with the use of biohazardous materials; completes the applicable for and renewal of the university’s HPTA license and ensures the specific conditions of the license and related legislation are met, represents the university in all biological safety regulatory matters, audits, inspections and investigations; oversees the mitigation of risk with respect to exposure to biological materials; provides technical advice and leadership to the Institutional Biosafety Committee for review of biohazardous materials permits, develops and delivers training to users and support staff accessing the laboratories.
The Supervisor oversees the process for the review of teaching laboratory experiments that involve invasive procedures on human subjects.
The regular hours of work for this position are Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.