Biological Safety Specialist

In the Crick's Safety Health & Sustainability Team.

Part of Crick Operations.

The Lead Biological Safety Specialist is a specialist adviser on matters relating to safe handling of biological materials. This role will manage the operation of the Containment 2, 3 and 4 facilities and advise and oversee Crick compliance in relation to biological risks. It will also provide support to the Director of SHS and other areas of the SHS team’s remit.
Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
R165
Salary
Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience.
Applications closed
12 June 2021, 00:00 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 28 May 2021

Biological Safety Specialist

Closing date and time:

  • 11 June 2021 at 23:59

Reports to: Deputy Director of Safety Health and Sustainability

This is a full-time permanent position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

Summary

The Biological Safety Specialist is a post within the Safety, Health and Sustainability (SHS) team. The team provides SHS advice and oversight to the Crick so as to ensure the institute remains legally compliant and meets its SHS policy objectives. The team reports via the Director of SHS to General Counsel of the Francis Crick Institute. SHS holds its own budget and has its own specific safety management responsibilities as well the wider role described above.

Objectives

The Biological Safety Specialist is a specialist adviser on matters relating to safe handling of biological materials. This role will manage the operation of the Containment 2, 3 and 4 facilities and advise and oversee Crick compliance in relation to biological risks. It will also provide support to the Director of SHS and other areas of the SHS team’s remit.

Key responsibilities:

These include but are not limited to:

  • Operational management of Containment level 3 & 4
  • Oversight of primary and secondary Containment level 2 areas
  • Supervise the safe fumigation of Containment equipment and facilities
  • Liaison with Regulators, participation in Regulatory intervention visits and managing the implementation of subsequent follow up actions.
  • Act as licence holder for work under the Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO).
  • Line managing the Biological Safety Officer and Biological/ Radiation Technician.
  • Developing, writing, reviewing and updating Policy, Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedure /guidance documents.
  • Design and Deliver Safety inductions (staff/contractors and other visitors).
  • Active promotion of a positive health and safety culture within the Crick. 
  • Providing specific biological training (to in house staff/FM staff and visiting workers).
  • Review, and where applicable approve, biological risk assessments; this includes the assessment of the activities planned and the evaluation of the controls proposed to ensure these are suitable and sufficient and in line with legal and Crick requirements.
  • Countersigning Permits to Work in Containment level 3 & 4 areas for maintenance purposes.
  • Countersigning Permits to Work in other primary and secondary laboratory space
  • Attend Biological and Radiological Safety Committee meetings
  • Conduct inspections and audits 
  • Issuing clearance for receipt and transfer of biological samples.
  • Submit notifications to the regulator where necessary.
  • Undertaking accident and incident investigations.
  • Oversee the management of biological waste processes
  • Control the issuing of clearance certificates for equipment to be repaired /transferred/scrapped.
  • Liaise with the Occupational Health Provider regarding containment workers health surveillance and other health issues.
  • Liaise with University Partners in matters of Biological Safety
  • Periodically acting as nominated SHS on call person (evenings/weekends/statutory holidays)
  • Acting as Emergency Response Team member (includes biological/radiation spill management).
  • Acting as a Fire and Emergency team leader (if they are the most senior person present)
  • Assist with the process of developing, fine-tuning and gaining institute wide acceptance of the SHS enterprise safety database.
  • Network with other containment level 4 groups.
  • Maintain and develop subject knowledge through attending meetings and undertaking further training where required.

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegiate, in addition to the following:

Essential

  • Degree in a life science or related discipline (or equivalent)
  • NEBOSH certificate
  • Considerable relevant occupational and practical experience, ideally in the application or management of biological safety, within a biological sciences research environment.
  • Technical understanding of general Health and Safety requirements for working with biological agents, including containment levels and application of controls.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to be able to deliver specialist information.
  • Experience of reviewing biological risk assessments
  • Practical experience in the design/refurbishment of containment level 3 laboratories, including compliance to SAPO and ATCSA containment requirements.
  • Familiarity with using and assisting with developing, computer based record keeping systems
  • Willingness to work outside their specialisation.

Ability to: -

  • Deliver safety training;
  • Handle conflict;
  • Organise, schedule and lead inspections, audits, liaison meetings and working groups;
  • Make sound and practical judgements about compliance
  • Able to work within a close team.
  • Able to respond to emergencies in a calm manner

Desirable

  • A commitment to self-progression and career development.
  • Hold, or be willing to gain professional accreditations under schemes acknowledged by Regulatory Bodies as competent for these purposes.
  • NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent tertiary level qualification.