Biosafety Officer

Oregon Health Authority
Job Location
3150 NW 229th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124

For a complete list of benefits, please visit our website.

Job Description

Here's an opportunity to join a team committed to providing excellent services and to follow your interests in a large, diverse organization. Benefits include a competitive salary, health insurance, paid holidays, leave accrual and personal leave, membership in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan and opportunities to participate in the Oregon Savings Growth Plans. 

OHA has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community and actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. The State of Oregon is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, culturally competent services and workplace diversity.

Scope of the Position – Open Until Filled

Internal Laboratory Biosafety Activities

Manages and coordinates comprehensive Biosafety Program related to safety and compliance with regulatory requirements (e.g. OSHA, CDC Select Agent Program, etc).  Recommends and formulates policy and operational changes based on ongoing operational research and assessment of the quality and effectiveness of OSPHL safety activities.

Analyzes policy and operational issues that cross or affect other state programs. Collaborates with stakeholders to formulate system and process enhancements to support continuous quality improvement for safety related issues.

Administers OSPHL Safety Program including developing short and long term goals to enhance the OSPHL program and safety of employees; performs root cause analysis of issues identified, develops policy and operational changes to address identified issues, implements changes and revaluates them for improvement.

Conducts comprehensive ongoing operational research and assessment to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the OSPHL Safety Plan and laboratory practices.  Assures OSPHL compliance with all requirements for accreditation, certification, registration, and regulation by independent and governmental agencies.

Maintains knowledge of, analyzes, and interprets, all current national standards, guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to OSPHL Safety compliance.

Performs and facilitates internal risk assessments of job tasks and working situations. Makes recommendations of safe work practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment based on risk assessment findings and knowledge of best practices. Advises section managers when dealing with situations such as implementation of testing for new agents (e.g. ebola).

Plans, writes, implements, and updates the OSPHL Safety Manual including the OSPHL Safety Plan, Bloodborne Pathogens Plan, Chemical Inventory, and Chemical Hygiene Plan, to address all biological, physical, and chemical hazards in the workplace. Writes and revises OSPHL policies and procedures as needed to implement these plans.

Advises the OSPHL Director and Section Managers on Safety requirements and approaches. Leads interdisciplinary teams to accomplish tasks and projects.  Alerts the OSPHL Director and Section Managers to potential safety problems and suggests preventive measures and solutions.

Other duties as assigned.


For a list of minimum and special qualifiations, please visit the online job announcements.

How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Please consider joining us!

The Oregon Health Authority is an employer that's committed to providing each employee with opportunities for job enrichment, professional growth and strong emphasis on family life making living in Oregon an exceptional experience.

This position is located in Hillsboro, Oregon. Our proximity to outdoor recreation spots allows you to take your pick: climbing, hiking, skiing, fishing, windsurfing, boating, cycling, camping and more. We have clean air and boundless cultural opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about the State of Oregon, please visit; or for more specific information about OHA, visit our Web site at

We look forward to hearing from you!

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