Berkeley Lab's BioSciences Area Office Division has an opening for a Safety Coordinator. This position is responsible to lead and serve as the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Program Manager for the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the future Integrative Genomics Building Facilities. The position supports the mission of LBNL, UC, and DOE to ensure work is performed safely to protect employees, the public, laboratory assets and the environment. Reporting to the JGI Division Deputy of Operations, this position provides analysis, consultation and creative solutions to highly complex EH&S program related issues in the area of Safety Management including biological safety, chemical hygiene, waste management, radiation, electrical, laser, and ergonomic safety. This position coordinates and promotes a safe worksite by supporting and enabling JGI's Employee Led Safety Groups and Committees including the Safety and Wellness Team, Area Safety Leaders, and the Emergency Response Team.
What You Will Do:
Serve as the primary Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) consultant and advisor for the JGI Director and JGI management. Provide strategic direction, coordination, and high-level consultation to ensure that the JGI has a strong and vibrant safety culture that will minimize injuries and illnesses, meet all applicable DOE, LBNL and local EH&S requirements and permits, and is aligned with the JGI's mission and goals.
Provide the Director and Senior Management with required or requested EH&S related analysis, reports, and presentations.
Partner with Division scientists, managers, and staff to ensure proper LBNL work authorization is always in place before work is performed. Assist with implement the Work Planning and Control System (WPC) for research activities; manage EH&S information and compliance in conjunction with WPC; assist PI's in developing written programs and procedures, and activities, for WPC as needed.
Promote a safe workplace by supporting and enabling all of the JGI volunteer safety committees including the Safety and Wellness Team, Area Safety Leaders and the JGI Emergency response Team. Lead or coordinate meetings, disseminate committee information and communicate policies and implementation of recommended actions.
Serve as a primary EH&S resource, contact, and coordinator for all JGI/IGB employees. Assist supervisors and employees with fulfilling their EH&S responsibilities which includes navigating LBNL institutional EH&S computer based programs, systems and databases including systems that document Work Authorization (WPC, SJHA), Training (BLT), and Issues Management (CATS and Work Requests). Assist and advise divisional staff with implementation and interpretations of EH&S policies, procedures, and programs.
Implement and improve the existing JGI Safety Walkthrough program. Participate in and support the Director's Leadership Safety Walk-throughs. Assist Activity Leads with conducting and documenting quarterly Safety Walk-throughs.
Develop, improve, and implement written JGI/IGB Safety Programs and Procedures. Maintain the internal Safety web page to keep its content pertinent, well organized, and updated.
Serve as liaison between JGI/IGB and the EH&S and Facilities Division to ensure consistency with institutional EH&S programs and maintain coordination with the EH&S Program managers.
Evaluate new research proposals and technologies and assist researchers with identifying the EH&S requirements, permits and considerations that must be incorporated into their research plans. Assist in identifying alternative methods for addressing difficult EH&S requirements.
Coordinate division level Self-Assessments that meet the institutional Self-Assessment process.
Develop and implement training strategies in the areas of ergonomics, chemical hygiene, waste management, electrical safety, and bio-safety.
Coordinate with the JGI Facilities Manager to ensure construction, maintenance, and repair work at JGI/IGB meets all LBNL requirements.
Serve as JGI/IGB Ergonomic Program Lead and coordinate with LBNL Ergonomic Program lead to ensure JGI/IGB Ergonomic program proactively and identifies and addresses ergonomic issues. Conduct routine office ergonomic assessments for new employees.
What is Required:
Typically requires a MS/MA in specialty field, science or engineering, plus 3 to 5 years experience, or BS in specialty field, science or engineering, plus 5 to 7 years experience.
A certification as a Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Registered Biosafety Professional, or Certified Safety Professional.
Extensive experience managing EH&S activities related to biological safety, chemical hygiene, waste management, laser safety, electrical safety in laboratory work environments of a technical and/or research-focused organization.
Demonstrated record of successful management of activities related to EH&S operations, compliance, assessment, reporting, and training.
Excellent organizational skills with ability independently manage diverse and complex projects, multiple activities with diverse groups (scientists, technicians, and supervisors from other divisions), and ability to pursue such efforts in an environment charged with sensitivities.
Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to interact in a diverse team environment with scientific investigators, administrators, and technical staff. Experience successfully interacting with a wide range of individuals, in a high-volume setting, and establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
Extensive knowledge of LBNL, state, and federal EH&S policies and guidelines including DOE, OSHA, EPA, NIH, CDC, and USDA.
Ability to develop clear and concise presentations and reports containing programmatic and technical data to various levels and diverse audiences. Proven ability to deliver recommendations and action plans to address problematic issues.
Ability to develop and implement safety initiatives, conduct inspections and evaluate equipment and facilities.
Ability to grade and strategize activities in the broad area of safety coordination in a manner which engenders a maximal level of safety in research, consistent with the primary mission which is the conduct of research.
Advanced level proficiency on MAC or PC, including substantial experience with designing and maintaining databases, development and drafting of policies and developing spreadsheets to track, retrieve and compile data.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) — 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA.
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