Manager Research Lab Safety Program
Boston, MA 
Posted 26 days ago
Job Description


Develops, Directs, and Implements the Mass. Eye and Ear's laboratory safety program, including chemical hygiene, biosafety, hazardous waste management, general safety, etc., for research laboratories at the various sites of the organization to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal health and safety codes and regulations. Manager is an active member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and Animal Care and Use Committees. The position is the designated primary contact for federal and state regulatory agencies concerned with laboratory safety. Seeks out and interacts with related department leadership, e.g. Employee Health, Security, etc. as needed to develop a robust program and ensure compliance with the research safety program.


  1. Develops and implements research safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Depart of Transportation (DOT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), rules and regulations, involving other department staff, e.g. Employee Health, Safety, Radiation Safety through Mass General Hospital, etc. as needed. This includes regular (annual) reviews and updates of the institution's laboratory safety manuals.
  2. Serves as the Institutional Biosafety Officer for Mass Eye and Ear. Interfaces with and serves on the Institutional Biosafety Committee coordinated through Mass General Brigham. Coordinates safety program with both Schepens Eye Research Institute (SERI) and MEEI Animal Facilities and their respective Animal Care and Use Committees. Responsible for in-depth safety and compliance review and risk assessments for all submitted research registrations and protocols.
  3. Evaluates complex research projects, procedures and experiments for a spectrum of safety and compliance concerns (e.g., chemical, biological, physical, radiation, regulatory)/ considerations to assist personnel in developing appropriate processes.
  4. In collaboration with the Senior Director of Support Services (MEEI Safety Officer), manages the institution's hazardous material disposal program and ensures the proper handling and disposal of biohazardous and chemical waste.
  5. Responds to safety program directives from agencies such as OSHA, CDC, NIH, etc. (as listed above). Maintains records of certifications related to research safety compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  6. Develops and implements safety protocols for hazardous chemicals and provides training for lab staff on safe storage, shipping, and disposal.
  7. Develops and implements a Research Lab Safety awareness program. Meets regularly (Lab Safety Meetings) with research staff to discuss policies/procedures, inspections/audits, etc. Works closely with laboratory technical staff to ensure excellent communication between laboratories and the Research Safety Office.
  8. Supervise Health and Safety Specialist
  9. Organizes and participates in routine inspections of laboratories as required, including 1) facilities/physical plant, identifying deficiencies and working with Facilities/Maintenance to correct; 2) researcher habits/practices, including proper use of PPE, hazardous waste handling and disposal, labeling/signage, etc.; and 3) operations/resources, e.g. certification of fume hoods, adequacy waste disposal systems, etc. Provides feedback and guidance to investigators to improve the working environment. Files incident reports as needed.
  10. Leads investigation and reporting of accidents as required by regulatory agencies and institutional policy. Maintains institution laboratory accident statistics. Makes recommendations for correction of problem areas and tactics for long-term accident prevention.
  11. Works with Human Resources to develop/provide necessary training modules for new hires and incorporates follow-up training to reinforce the online training. Plans and implements programs to train managers and employees in worksite safety practices, fire prevention, and correct handling of chemicals, toxins, equipment, and other materials. Develops and conducts in-person training sessions may be required.
  12. Enhances professional growth and development through educational programs, seminars, and in-house discussions.



  1. Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences plus additional training or experience in Biosafety is required.
  2. Master's degree with a discipline in biological Science is strongly preferred.
  3. 10 + years of related experience in the complex research regulatory environment
  4. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to present information effectively to top management or public groups. Ability to communicate effectively with federal, state, and local authorities.


Ability to lift up to 25 pounds as needed to dispose of hazardous material. Ability to work around fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals with appropriate personal protection, as needed.

EEO Statement

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment or discrimination. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, sex, pregnancy or conditions related to pregnancy, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs.

Primary Location: MA-Boston-MEI Mass Eye and Ear Main Building Boston
Work Locations:
MEI Mass Eye and Ear Main Building Boston
243 Charles Street
Boston 02114
Job: Research-Management
Organization: Mass. Eye and Ear (MEE)
Schedule: Full-time
Standard Hours: 40
Shift: Day Job
Posted Shift Description: M-F
Employee Status: Regular
Recruiting Department: MEI Health & Safety
Job Posting: Jun 30, 2022


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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