Safety Program Coordinator

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
CUPE 116(Service/Techs/Trades)

Job Category:
Research/Technical - CUPE 116

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:
Safety Program Coordinator

Faculty of Applied Science

Chemical&Biological Engineerng

$47,220.00 (Annual)

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Funding Type:
Budget Funded

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Job Summary
The Safety Coordinator is responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the Director of Administration, Resources and Academic Programs in the areas of Facilities Maintenance, Safety and Sustainability, and Stores Operations.

The position acts as a departmental contact in response to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials, and provides assistance with safety education/training, safety inspections, chemical spills, and any related safety issues within the Department of Chemical and Biological (CHBE). CHBE areas include the Chemical and Biological Engineering Building (CHBE Building), the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), and other areas in which our members operate. This position provides assistance and will follow-up on reported chemical spills, accident/incident reports or reports of suspect odors within the areas of responsibility. The Safety Coordinator is the initial point of contact for facilities issues. The facilities include classrooms, labs, common areas and offices. This position is responsible for assisting the Storekeeper with ordering, shipping and receiving of materials and the safe disposal of chemicals.
Organizational Status
The Department's vision is to be a globally renowned department advancing contribution of chemical and biological engineering to society through excellence in education, research, and social responsibility. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is committed to:

  • Provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programs, educating engineers empowered with excellent technical and leadership skills, integrity, and social responsibility
  • Be internationally recognized as a leader in research and engineering science, creating novel and sustainable solutions to serve public interests and to address global challenges in areas such as health, energy, and environment
  • Promote an inclusive, safe, collaborative, and respectful community for learning and work
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC has an established worldwide reputation for its accredited undergraduate degree programs, innovative research and the quality of its graduates and faculty. At present there are 32 faculty, 3 management staff, 5 office staff, 8 technical staff and more than 20 researchers and staff. The Department's undergraduate curriculum has a very strong teaching laboratory component. The undergraduate program over 450 undergraduate students enrolled in its two accredited programs.

The Department's faculty members (research lab supervisors) maintain world class active research programs in research laboratories located in the CHBE building., at the PPC, CERC, MSL, Gas Gun, AMPEL, and the BERD facility, obtaining about $8 million annually from national and international government and private sector research granting agencies. Our graduate program is highly reputed and very strong and consists of about 160 Masters and PhD student researchers.
Work Performed

  • Act as the first point of contact for facilities issues raised by department members and building users, and provide assistance to CHBE occupants as required
  • Coordinate building service requests with CHBE workshop and other UBC departments. Work performed include ranges from investigation of complaints and resolution to planning of routine services
  • Assist with clearing of graduate student desks upon graduation
  • Serve as an advisor of the Department Local Safety Committee (LST) and provide support to ensure departmental compliance with all relevant safety regulatory legislation and UBC policy
  • Serve as the Department representative on the Applied Science Faculty Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) and provide reports to the JOHSC
  • Provide monitoring, documentation and advice to Workshop Supervisor, Director and LST of safety non-compliance
  • Work as directed by the Director to develop, implement, coordinate and assess department plans, initiatives and policies to improve safety, to encourage a philosophy of safety and to ensure plans are in compliance with federal, provincial, municipal and university health and safety regulations (UBC, WCB, WHMIS, etc.)
  • Deal with hazardous substances and operations, and ensures the correct storage and handling of chemicals in compliance with current regulatory legislation, UBC policies, and other accepted good safety practices. Assist Storekeeper with the handling and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Diligently and actively promote safety and safe practices
  • Participate in accident/incident investigations by the LST, ensures follow-up is completed and maintains records
  • Under the direction of the Director schedule, co-ordinate and participate in regular safety inspections, evaluating compliance levels, recommending improvements, and completeing follow-up investigations as required
  • Work under the direction of the Director in decommissioning of laboratories or workstations during renovations, retirement and departure of staff, faculty, students, and researchers
  • Provide safety training seminars and orientations to departmental members (faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, research personnel) and visitors as required
  • Audit, assess and report on the safety of experimental equipment and installations in CHBE facilities
Fire Safety Plan:
  • Coordinate Department Safety Plan from fire prevention to an effective fire and emergency response plan. Ensures all plans and practices are incompliance with current fire department regulations and procedures
First Aid:
  • Coordinate Department First Aid program
  • Ensure all UBC Centralized Accident / Incident Reporting System (CAIRS) and other incident/accident forms are completed and submitted to appropriate agencies within the specific time frame. Carry out and required follow up
  • Oversee maintenance of departmental spill-carts inventories
  • Maintain records of experimental setups, changes, lab inspections, and other safety activities.

Assist the Storekeeper with tasks including:
  • Ordering and receiving using the Department Stores Ordering system and handle goods and documents in accordance with Department procedures
  • Handling and proper disposition of chemicals; dispenses flammable solvents with appropriate WHMIS labels records use of pressurized gas cylinders and ascertains that personnel know how to transport safely
  • Shipping: Arrange outgoing shipments by preparing shipping documentation and contacting shippers
  • Assist and advise departmental members in shipping matters. Forward shipping documentation to the Finance Clerk. Ensure all outgoing shipments meet shipping/packaging regulations and WHMIS requirements
  • Provide customer service to faculty, staff, students, researchers UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY
Assist the Lab Technician with tasks including:
  • Set up, maintain, provide supplies, test experiments and participate in experiment development for numerous teaching laboratories for a variety of department lab courses
  • Provide training to undergraduate students, new and lower level technicians in the use of equipment, techniques and procedures
  • Perform any other related duties as necessary in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of the job

This position will work in all areas of the CHBE building, CERC, Pulp & Paper Center, Gas Gun Facility and other CHBE research locations. CHBE Stores and many other areas of CHBE building (gas cylinder storage area, solvent storage area, research labs, etc.) expose the employee to potential hazards (fumes, vapors, etc.); therefore, personal protective equipment is required. Workers must exercise caution in the daily execution of their tasks. Shared or single office with window, furnished with a desk, chairs, filing cabinet and bookshelves. Office equipment includes a telephone, computer and access to a printer.
Supervision Received
Work with and provide support to the CHBE Storekeeper, Workshop Supervisor and Undergraduate Lab Technician and Director. Report to the Director on all matters related the areas of responsibility.
Supervision Given
May provide direction to a lower level position including students.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Violations or non-compliance with WCB (and other) regulations/legislation could result in fines or monetary penalties to the Department, or closure of work areas. Failure to ensure a safe working environment could result in injuries or loss of life or property damage. Incorrect labeling and/or dispensing of chemicals could cause injury and/or experiment failure. The Department's teaching and research programs require timely and careful execution of ordering of chemicals and equipment. Errors or delays in building service requests could result in unsafe or poor building conditions.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Undergraduate degree or diploma in chemical technology is preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. - Experience in the chemical industry including working with environmental health and safety management systems, effective application of WCB regulations, BC Environmental protection hazardous waste management regulations, radiation safety (radioisotope, lasers), and bio-safety requirements preferred
  • Experience and knowledge of labs and lab operations, and experience using and maintaining lab equipment preferred. Instrumentation experience would be an asset
  • Experience in facilities ordering and receiving processes is an asset
  • First Aid Certification required
  • Familiarity with current relevant safety regulations
  • A valid BC Driver's License. Forklift license preferred
  • Experience with computer software (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, Powerpoint) required
  • Good physical condition required (to allow for bending, squatting, reaching, during inspections and ability to lift moderate weight such as lecture bottles)
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Experience in preparing and providing presentations
  • Ability to write policies, prepare and write reports
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Exercise consistently good strong judgement in decision making.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.