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Under the direction of the CVM Director of Biocontainment Operations, coordinate and perform routine maintenance, decontamination, and NSF/ANSI 49 certification of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) and related enclosures at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the East Campus Research Facility (ECRF). Maintain a database of equipment and coordinate scheduling and communication of routine certification and maintenance activities with stakeholders. Respond to maintenance requests for BSCs and related equipment in a timely and professional manner. Maintain equipment and supplies necessary to deliver an independent program.
Provide facilities-related operational support for Biosafety Level Three (BSL-3) and Animal BSL-3 (ABSL-3) facilities at the CVM and ECRF. Proactively support the management of Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratories and associated Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling (HVAC) systems including, but not limited to annual verification of HVAC performance, decontamination, and preventative maintenance. Monitor BSL-3 HVAC system operations and coordinate with Cornell maintenance personnel for system testing and optimization. Conduct routine BSL-3 inspections and facility checks, and maintain associated records and documentation. Participate in and support BSL-3 training activities and emergency drills. Respond to BSL-3 facilities-related emergencies and alarms and assist with response to safety emergencies, including outside of normal working hours.
Operate BSL-3 autoclaves, transport treated waste to the CVM Waste Management Facility, and perform all associated monitoring and recordkeeping for regulatory compliance. Conduct routine BSL-3 autoclave testing to ensure compliance with University, State, and Federal regulations. Will work in areas where there is potential for contact with highly infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, high temperatures, and necropsied animals. Strict adherence with and enforcement of safety procedures is required. Will be required to wear respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods. Will work with contractors, tradespersons and equipment technicians on a periodic basis.
Trade/Vocational/Technical School, demonstrated experience working with BSCs and/or HVAC systems in laboratory or related settings, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Accreditation under NSF/ANSI International Standard #49 to certify BSCs and related equipment independently is required. Demonstrated experience with wearing respirators and other PPE for extended periods and following procedures for related safety issues. Demonstrated experience with calibrating, testing, or maintaining laboratory or related equipment. Demonstrated experience with maintaining regulatory compliance records. Basic computer knowledge, including electronic mail, web, and business applications. Concentration and strong attention to detail essential. Must be able to pass FBI Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment (SRA) as required by the CDC/USDA select agent program. Must be able to be medically cleared for wearing respirators and able to participate in regular medical monitoring for various infectious agents. Must have a valid NYS Driver's license (or the ability to obtain one within 1 year) and a good driving record. Must have strong customer service skills, including the ability to communicate, clearly, openly, and professionally with a wide variety of clientele. Demonstrate sound judgment, have strong priority-setting and time management skills, and be able to work as a part of a team. Must be proactive and possess the ability to handle several competing priorities in a demanding work environment. Demonstrate excellent written and oral communications skills as well as the ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
Associates or Bachelor's Degree preferred. Experience working in BSL-3 or related facilities preferred.Experience working with infectious materials and related PPE and equipment decontamination procedures preferred.Experience working with Select Agents and associated regulatory issues preferred. Knowledge of autoclave operation, biosecurity, fumigation, and disinfection preferred. Experience with training others for working with biohazards, wearing PPE, and responding to biohazard spills preferred.Current rabies vaccination preferred.
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