Supervisor: Laboratory Safety Programs

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 19, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $39.15 - $46.09 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Supervisor: Laboratory Safety Programs

Posting ID : 11643
Apply By : 4/6/2020
Position Title : Supervisor: Laboratory Safety Programs
Department : Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Manager, Environmental Health and Safety
Position Summary :

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.

Accountabilities :
    1. Biosafety
    • Serves as Laurier’s Biosafety Officer under the general direction of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), of which they are the chair; develops and oversees the university’s biosafety program on all campuses;
    • Acts as the point of contact for the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, including compiling and providing reports/documentation as required by the regulatory agencies, and the acquisition of permits for the import of biohazardous agents and non-native materials;
    • Acts as the primary contact on the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act institutional registration and license and completes renewals and annual reporting;
    • Researches best practices in biological safety risk management systems and programs, including biosafety and biosecurity practices;
    • Implements and supervises control assessment programs including training for faculty, staff and students; develops and implements personnel monitoring programs;
    • Provides expert advice and direction to the university for the management and prevention of biological risk;
    • Prescribes procedures for the safe use of biological materials;
    • Leads the Institutional Biosafety Committee through reviews including risk assessments, and approvals of the use of biohazardous materials for teaching and research, including materials new to the university research environment, by providing expert advice and guidance based on regulatory requirements;
    • Completes internal inspections to review critical elements of the Biosafety Program in laboratory environments, and to meet the inspection requirements under the HPTA licensing program
    • Develops, administers, and assesses the effectiveness of training program for faculty, staff and students who use biological materials
    • Controls the purchase, use, importation and disposal of biohazardous material;
    • Investigates biosafety-related complaints and reports findings to the Director, SHERM;
    • Provides guidance following incidents involving biohazardous materials, including receiving incident reports and follow up regarding prevention of future occurrences;
    • Makes recommendations to the Director, SHERM for the continuous improvement of the program and advises the Director of its performance.
    1. Radiation
    • Develops and oversees the university’s Radiation Safety program, including x-ray safety, and Laser Safety Program;
    • Acts as a liaison with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on matters related to ionization radiation;
    • Acts as a liaison with the Ontario Ministry of Labour Radiation Protection Service on matters related to laser radiation and x-ray radiation;
    • Has authority and accountability for ensuring records meet the standards of regulatory bodies and the university;
    • Researches best practices in radiation protection management systems and programs;
    • Oversees and coordinates all aspects of radiation safety within the institution; serves as Laurier’s Radiation Safety Officer as approved by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to administer the consolidated nuclear substance use licence;
    • Serves as Laurier’s Laser Safety Officer and oversees all aspects of laser radiation;
    • Serves as Laurier’s X-Ray Safety Officer and oversees all aspects of x-ray radiation as per the Ontario Ministry of Labour Radiation Protection Service registration for Wilfrid Laurier University to possess x-ray sources;
    • Represents the university in all regulatory matters, audits, inspections and investigations with respect to radiation safety;
    • Develops, implements and supervises control assessment programs and personnel monitoring programs, including training for faculty, staff and students;
    • Leads committees in review of the use of radioactive materials, lasers and x-ray devices by providing expert advice and guidance for the issues of permits, including the review and approval of protocols
    • Develops and oversees the Industrial Radiography Program for the use of radiography devices by contractors on campus;
    • Keeps detailed inventory of all radioisotopes, laser devices and x-ray devices on campus;
    • Develops, administers, and assesses the effectiveness of training programs for faculty, staff and students who use radioisotopes, laser devices and x-ray devices;
    • Ensures labs and equipment are registered, calibrated and serviced as required by relevant legislation;
    • Suspends operations of individuals and/or laboratories, and cancels permits, if required;
    • Audits program performance and compliance and reports findings to the Director, SHERM;
    • Controls the purchase, use and disposal of radioactive materials, laser devices and x-ray devices;
    • Investigates overexposures to radioactivity and reports findings to the Director, SHERM
    1. Laboratory Activities
    • Develops and oversees the university’s Laboratory Safety Program on all campuses;
    • Provides expert technical advice to department heads, researchers, staff and teaching laboratory supervisors regarding program implementation and where appropriate develops program implementation guidelines and performance standards;
    • Reviews and provides guidance upon request regarding laboratory specific procedures;
    • Administers Laurier’s hazardous waste program in accordance with relevant provincial legislation, including the oversight of the contractors hired for hazardous waste disposal;
    • Communicates, oversees, and maintains Laurier’s chemical safety program to ensure due diligence with OHS, WHMIS, designated substances and other relevant chemical protection legislation;
    • Determines training needs and establishes a competency development program, develops and delivers training;
    • Coordinates the certification and retesting of fume hoods, biosafety cabinets and laminar flow hoods on an annual basis, as needed after repairs;
    • Develops and oversees the university’s chemical spills response program;
    • Develops and oversees reviews and approvals for the Safety Review Process for Academic Teaching Experiments Involving Invasive Procedures on Human Subjects in consultation with the Teaching Safety Committee;
    • Develops and oversees the Designated Substances Assessment Program in Laboratories;
    • Evaluates the performance of the program on an ongoing basis and recommends improvements to the Director, SHERM.
    • Performs targeted monthly workplace inspections in all laboratory areas.
    • Supports the SHERM lead in the implementation in areas relating to lab safety, as requested (Milton Campus)
    1. Training
    • Oversees the transition of SHERM training to on-line format.
  • Creates SHERM training modules in the chosen on line-format.
Qualifications :
    • A degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science or safety-related field with experience in a research laboratory environment.
    • Four to Six years of experience in an environmental and/or health and safety position. Preferably in biosafety and radiation safety.
    • An extensive working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations; Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations (TDGA); Health Canada Guidelines, Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency standards and guidelines for biosafety and CNSC Nuclear Safety and Control Act and Regulations, and all other legislation applicable to laboratory activities.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically both verbally and in writing with faculty, students, staff and technical personnel.
    • Ability to deal with confrontational situations and hostile audiences along with familiarity with conflict resolution principals and negotiation process.
    • Ability to develop and deliver training sessions to a variety of audiences ranging from those with only basic level scientific knowledge to individuals with a high level of technical science knowledge.
    • Essential computer literacy is
    • Familiarity with animal work.
    • In depth knowledge in health and safety procedures, as they relate to laboratory environment.
    • Knowledge of HEPA filter technology and laboratory ventilation.
    • Familiarity with incident/accident investigation procedures.
Grade : WLUSA-10
Salary : $39.15 – $46.09
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position. This position is eligible for education equivalencies.
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at mireland@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.

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