Provide a primary customer service contact for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt University (VU) researchers, principal investigators, instructors and staff to ensure the implementation of Chemical and Laboratory Safety Programs for research laboratories and assist in the day-to-day safety and compliance requirements for these laboratories. Manage and provide Industrial Hygiene services for Vanderbilt employees located in Vanderbilt research laboratories and other VUMC buildings.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Chemical Safety, manage and implement a Laboratory Safety Program in accordance with the 29 CFR 1910.1450 (the OSHA Laboratory Standard). This includes developing policies, procedures, and guidance documents to assist all research and teaching laboratories with compliance with the Laboratory Standard. Additionally, provide assistance to labs with hazard analyses, PPE determinations, SOP development, chemical inventories, lab-specific chemical hygiene plans, chemical safety data sheet maintenance, and implementation of safe work practices. The Senior Safety Officer will participate in audits of laboratory research areas to ensure continual compliance the Laboratory Safety Program.
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Chemical Safety, manage industrial hygiene activities for VU and VUMC research laboratories and other VUMC buildings and act as a technical lead for industrial hygiene activities. This includes anticipation, investigation, evaluation, and control of potential employee concerns regarding chemical, mold, radon, asbestos, noise, heat / cold stress, or other indoor air quality issues. Direct any industrial hygiene surveys or other hazard assessments performed in the investigation of these issues. Oversee inventory, operation and maintenance of industrial hygiene equipment. Partner with Occupational Health in the evaluation of any employee health and safety concerns regarding these issues.
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Chemical Safety, assist with supervision and coordination of a team of three Laboratory Compliance Coordinators (LCCs) for VUMC and VU A&S. In addition to lab compliance responsibilities, the activities of this team include tasks associated with hazardous waste services, biosafety services, and radiation safety services.
With the Assistant Director of Chemical Safety, assist with the development and presentation of Laboratory Safety training for Vanderbilt research faculty, staff, and students including online and in-person training components. Create targeted Lab Safety training materials for specific departments or schools based on activities unique to their operations.
With the Assistant Director of Chemical Safety, help to coordinate and manage activities for established Chemical Safety committees. Provide assistance and act as VEHS contact for departmental safety committees (Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, etc.) with laboratory compliance and industrial hygiene issues.
Act as a lead member of the VEHS hazardous materials response team. Provide coordination, instruction, and industrial hygiene support during hazardous chemical spills and other HazMat activities. Provide respiratory fit-testing for HazMat team and other research staff as directed by Occupational Health.
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Chemical Safety and Assistant Director of Biosafety, help to prepare and participate in reverification surveys for BSL-3 laboratories. Assist with the issuance of formal reports to ensure compliance with National Institute of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
Manage a laboratory fume hood certification program to provide a systematic approach to ensuring Vanderbilt fume hoods are operating within established parameters. This also involves coordinating with Vanderbilt maintenance facilities to implement corrective actions for deficiencies.
Act as VEHS contact for Space and Facilities Planning for laboratory-related projects and other construction projects where industrial hygiene issues are involved (asbestos, radon, mold, etc.)
Liaison with VEHS chemical waste management, radiation safety, and biological safety sections for all lab set-ups, relocations, or close-outs.
Assist with the design and implementation of VEHS Hub (Bioraft) and other software packages to track and report safety and compliance information for laboratories (chemical inventory information, audit information, safety equipment).
Utilize team-based approach with other VEHS staff in implementing programs.
Direct supervision of three VEHS safety officers. Indirect supervision of students, interns, consultants, and vendors.
Manage budget for Industrial Hygiene surveys and monitoring equipment. Track expenditures against budget. Prepare necessary documentation for supervisory approval.
Frequent contact with all levels of administration, faculty, and staff including the presentation of information where detailed explanation is required to obtain cooperation and approval. Deliver stand up training presentations to groups up to 100 people.
Frequent contact with consultants, vendors, and regulatory agencies as needed. Potential for contact with the general public as VUMC representative for hazardous chemical or industrial hygiene matters.
Frequent contact with graduate students and students as interns and in laboratories.
Position Qualifications :
A degree in Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health and Safety, or related field.
Five years direct experience in industrial hygiene and/or research laboratory program development are required.
Applicant must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills for effective report writing, training, and consulting.
Applicant must be fully capable of using advanced functions within Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Outlook, and Access. Applicant should be able to create training presentations within Microsoft Powerpoint, complex data spreadsheets within Excel, and publicity documents within Word or similar software without assistance.
Must be able to be pass respirator fit-testing and hazardous materials medical surveillance exam.
Must be able to effectively function as member of VEHS hazardous materials response team.
Academic laboratory safety experience
Certification as an Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Safety Professional (CSP)
Position requires entry into areas where biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, and ionizing radiation may be used.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Middle Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.