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Biosafety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety

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College / VP Area: Campus & Public Safety
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Public Safety, Security, & Emergency Services, Full Time



The Biosafety Specialist provides oversight and support for programs under the purview of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). In addition to the Qualifications and Special Requirements listed below, each Environmental Health & Safety Specialist is required to meet program specific qualifications and certifications.

Under general direction, the Biosafety Specialist performs duties associated with Biosafety, Environmental Health, Occupational Safety, and Industrial Hygiene, programs at the University. The Biosafety Specialist also works to assure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and to achieve the optimal control or reduction of the hazards and exposures which are detrimental to people and / or property.

The Biosafety Specialist plans, arranges tasks, and applies standard policy or procedure to routine problems or duties without benefit of specific guidelines.  The Biosafety Specialist assists with the development and implementation of new procedures for resolving non-routine matters that are highly visible. University policy, government regulations, institutional precedents, professional standards, and accepted practices govern independent action. The Biosafety Specialist routinely interacts with students and staff and functions as an internal consultant in safety and health matters relating to occupational and/or environmental issues. The Biosafety Specialist shares supervision of non-exempt staff and miscellaneous wage employees. Failure to perform tasks satisfactorily can result in liability, property damage, injury, regulatory noncompliance, fine, imprisonment or both.

This position is designated Essential Personnel for specific University operations.


  • Manages program activities for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard.  This includes permit establishment and renewal, departmental education, vaccination program management, permit audits, and database management.
  • Manages duties associated with the infectious waste management program. Investigates mismanagement of waste, recommends corrective practices, completes all state manifests, and reports, and coordinates the ultimate disposal of waste with an outside contractor.
  • Manages the autoclave and biosafety cabinet certification program. Maintains a database for all records.
  • Manages the medical monitoring program for the University.  Maintains compliance records for respiratory physicals and fit tests. 
  • Assists Biosafety Officer with any biosafety protocol review, training, and risk assessments for researchers.
  • Supports the CPR/AED program.  Coordinates monthly inspections of AED units on campus and maintains records.  May replenish supplies as needed. 
  • Identifies benchmarking metrics for laboratory safety and uses database technology and tracking systems to generate reports regularly.
  • Developed, reviews, and disseminates documentation relating to Laboratory Safety programs and processes, including drafting safety- related communications and documents.
  • Provides support to the users of the BioRAFT Safety Management System for tracking of research within laboratory spaces.
  • Conducts monthly lab inspections for both the University teaching labs and research labs on campus. Documents infractions through lab inspection reports and works with lab users for solutions to improve lab safety. 
  • May assist with industrial hygiene programs including, but not limited to, respirator program and hearing conservation program.  Performs respirator fit tests.
  • Under limited supervision, responds to and investigates incidents and emergency situations. Examples of emergencies and complaints may include serious injuries, gas and fire alarms, fire emergencies, biological agents/bloodborne pathogens materials spills, confined space concerns, indoor air quality complaints, chemical spills, uncontrolled releases into waterways, construction site run-off, etc. 
  • Represents the Department and University at plan review/design meetings as well as professional functions.  Makes recommendations that will help maintain University compliance with federal, state, and local safety/ health/fire safety regulations and codes that will achieve the optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures as well as maintain budgetary constraints.
  • Maintains, reviews, evaluates, updates and /or recommends environmental and occupational safety and health related programs, manuals, guidelines, and associated web pages. Assists with the development and implementation of these programs. Completes tasks outside of direct responsibilities as needs arise.
  • Attending safety committee meetings as EHS representative.  Document and coordinate action items including but not limited to injury reporting, facility inspection deficiencies, training, and fire drills.
  • Represents the Department and University at professional meetings and conferences. Makes recommendations that will help maintain University compliance with federal, state, and local safety and health regulations and codes that will achieve the optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures as well as maintain budgetary constraints.
  • May supervise non-exempt and miscellaneous wage employees with respect to environmental and occupational health and safety activities.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in the sciences or allied health fields and three to five years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of applicable regulations and standards such as OSHA, EPA, NFPA, IBC, IFC, BOCA and State regulations is preferred. 
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting preferred.
  • Ability to develop, implement and enforce safety programs and protocols. Knowledge of federal, state, and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Possess or could attain certification as a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP), Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP), Safety Professional (CSP), or Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
  • Must have or be able to obtain 40-hour HAZWOPER Certification and DOT Certification.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with individuals at all levels of the University.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Intermediate computing skills and experience with database and spreadsheet software.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass hazmat physical examination to qualify the individual for emergency response involving all levels of respiratory protection. 
  • Requires the use of personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.  With or without assistance, requires the ability to exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly; without assistance must be able to lift 50 pounds and maneuver 55-gallon drums weighing up to 600 pounds.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend ladders, walk, and stand for long periods of time, walk on uneven surfaces, be able to work above and below ground level, work in cramped or confined spaces and work outside in various environmental conditions which include but are not limited to cold temperatures, hot temperatures, windy conditions, and inclement weather. 
  • Valid driver’s license to maneuver throughout Newark and Wilmington campuses and other UD locations when operationally necessary.
  • Reliable private means of transportation and preferably live within 30-minute travel time to the University for emergency response purposes.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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