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MD Anderson Cancer Center Principal Safety Specialist - Hazardous Material/Laboratory Safety in Houston, Texas

Ideal candidate will have hazardous materials management (DOT and IATA compliant shipping) experience, laboratory safety and specialized equipment experience, supervisor experience (3+ yrs) and program development and implementation experience.


The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public .


The primary purpose of the Principal Safety Specialist position is to provide technical expertise to resolve safety issues involving MD Anderson workforce members, visitors, patients, and contractors. Performs and completes special projects as assigned or as needed to address institutional safety issues. Maintains knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and national guidelines, relevant to section functions and responsibilities. Completes environmental and safety policy review and developments risk assessment, incident investigations, report writing and presentations to management in order to communicate risk and solutions. Facilitates cross- functional teams within division, department and institution in the implementation and maintenance of institutional safety policies, procedures, standards and best practices. Responsible for assessing compliance, health and safety risks associated with projects and changes in operations. Employee will be responsible for developing engineering, administrative and other controls to mitigate the risks.


Recognize, Evaluate and Mitigate Hazards Recognizes, evaluates and controls hazards related to laboratory safety programs at MD Anderson. Serves in an advisory capacity and reports, monitors, and mitigates discrepancies in departmental, institutional, and regulatory guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures. Acts as a lead for hazardous material emergency management efforts for the Houston campuses. Supports the institutional emergency plan for these facilities. Acts as a technical expert to determine health & safety requirements needed to perform departmental, divisional and institutional activities. Manages contracts; develops and maintains the annual, quarterly, and monthly budget for assigned contracts. Follows departmental and institutional standard operating procedures as it relates to all areas of environmental health and safety (i.e., hazardous wastes, training, inspections, monitoring, etc.).

Compliance Manages the daily work of those assigned. Ensures their work is in compliance with all procedures, rules, and regulations as it relates to their job function. Participates in Institutional Biosafety Committee with protocol reviews and committee support. Initiates, develops, and implements new policies, procedures or programs necessary to effectively and efficiently comply with regulations. Ensures compliance with applicable policies, procedures and laws/regulations.

Program Support and Implementation Consults and assists applicable departments in developing design and construction plans for laboratory, pharmacy, GMP and other specially designed spaces. Reviews FARs and design documents, provide comments, and serves as a subject matter expert on building design. Identifies programs in need of improvement or special projects needed to address institutional safety issues related to the Laboratory Safety program, develops program mitigation strategies and completes implements. Responsible for monitoring program compliance outcomes. Manages and supervises the safety technicians daily duties.

Other duties as assigned.

Master's degree in Applied or Basic Science, Engineering field. Ten years of environmental health and safety experience. Certified in one or more of the following: *Certified Health Physicist (CHP) by the American Board of Health Physicists (ABHP). *Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). *Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). *Associate Safety Professional (ASP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). *Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 137565

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 94,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 118,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 142,200

  • Science Jobs: No

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