The activities required in this role are conducted in accordance with the strategic directions of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), BC Cancer (BCC), the BC Cancer Research Centre (BCCRC), and the Genome Sciences Centre (GSC). Reporting to the Lab Operations Team Leader, the Safety Coordinator is the GSC’s primary safety liaison to the BCCRC’s Safety Office and its constituent departments, and is responsible for coordinating various safety aspects of the GSC’s Production and clinical DNA sequencing operations. This includes both dry and wet lab personnel in multiple buildings. To accomplish this, the Safety Coordinator interacts with virtually all department personnel to ensure that legal, accreditation, and functional safety requirements are met, and that a participatory culture of safety engagement is maintained.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Ensures compliance with existing CAP (College of American Pathologist), ISO27001 (International Organization for Standardization), and DAP (Diagnostic Accreditation Program) safety regulations; implements policies and procedures to ensure successful compliance; communicates pertinent information to stakeholders; participates in regular audits by accreditation agencies; assists in developing policies and procedures for prospective accreditations.
Works with the Quality Systems group to regularly review and update the departmental safety manual; communicates changes in safety policies to relevant personnel.
Engages in regular safety education activities to re-enforce policies and procedures to department personnel; works with Knowledge Translation and Communication team to maintain regular content in the GSC newsletter; conducts regular safety education on relevant topics; coordinates regular seminars by external groups to provide professional education.
Chairs the Echelon Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (EJOHSC), and represents the GSC at the CRC JOHSC meeting; carries out action items and activities prescribed by the JOHS committees; is the primary safety liaison to various operational meetings.
High degree of familiarity with WorkSafeBC and WHMIS regulations and knowledgeably applies them to both dry and wet lab space; regularly audits compliance; educates personnel on changes to regulations; provides tools and guidance to personnel to facilitate compliance.
Participates in and documents both casual and formal safety inspections at all GSC sites; documents safety concerns, consults with stakeholders and implements corrective actions.
Works with department personnel to address ergonomic issues; guides personnel through a complex ergonomics process; works with PHSA Ergonomists to devise, implement and monitor corrective actions.
Manages all safety-related training requirements; oversees compliance in maintaining certification; ensures that all safety training is documented promptly and accurately; communicates with personnel who are delinquent with safety training.
Oversees hazardous waste disposal at all GSC sites; works with wet lab staff to determine safe disposal procedures; manages administrative aspects of invoicing and collection; maintains records of service; ensures compliance with accreditation and legal requirements.
Conducts incident and near-miss investigations; guides personnel through the reporting process, and implements corrective actions; consults with stakeholders and JOHS committees regarding incidents.
Monitors wet labs for chemical inventories and compatibilities; performs regular analyses and chemical risk assessments; maintains SDS database and ensures availability of SDS to wet lab staff.
Works collaboratively with the Lab Operations and Quality Systems teams to create, implement, and document safety procedures and SOPs.
Keeps apprised of proposed and actual changes to laws, regulations, and policies put forward by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), WorkSafeBC, BCCRC, CAP, and DAP; engages GSC stakeholders on these changes; works to implement changes as required.
Attends external conferences, working groups, and meetings to represent the GSC; leads team participation in safety-related competitions; maintains professional relationships in order to guide best practices and share information.
Provides and documents safety orientations for incoming staff members.
Oversees the First Aid program.
Participates in emergency on-call rotations.
Manages the departmental Incident Management Team (IMT); organizes meetings; maintains emergency response documentation; conducts practice drills.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor of Science from a recognized college, plus a minimum of 3 (three) years of recent related experience in a research role.
Experience in laboratory safety management is required, with demonstrated familiarity with PHAC and WorkSafeBC regulations. Applicants should have strong capabilities in Microsoft Access and Excel, with a high aptitude for self-learning of new technical skills. Excellent organizational and communication skills are required.
Relevant experience in a clinically- or ISO-accredited environment is desirable, but not required