Site Biological Safety Officer (BSO)

The Pirbright Institute - Risk & Assurance

Reporting To: Director of Risk & Assurance
Line Manager Responsibilities: Yes
Main Work Location: The Pirbright Institute, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0NF

Organisation position and purpose:

Health Safety & BioSafety (HSBS) at Pirbright is a pivotal part of the organisation, providing excellent levels of service and exacting standards of work in support of the research, diagnostic services and operations of the Institute.

The role of Site Biological Safety Officer (BSO) is critical to provide Pirbright with the expert professional support necessary to comply with biosafety* and biosecurity* requirements under health & safety law and related legislation, to maintain legal authority to operate as a HSE Major Hazard Site under its Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO) licence, and to facilitate control and mitigation of the high consequence biorisks* arising from its work.

Main duties and responsibility

  • To be the BSO, leading coordination of compliance with Pirbright’s site licence under the Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008 (SAPO), with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 in so far as they apply to biological agents, with the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014, and with other legislation applicable to biorisk.
  • As BSO, to ensure development and implementation of all necessary arrangements and processes to ensure suitable and sufficient assessment of biorisk, and ensure that all operational controls to eliminate or reduce biorisk are fully implemented and fully effective, including procedures to monitor such controls.
  • As BSO, to be the leading expert within the organisation on best practice in the management, control and mitigation of biorisk, undertaking all continuing professional and personal development necessary to carry out this role effectively.
  • As BSO, to be the primary point of contact for HSE on all biorisk regulatory matters, including in regard to the SAPO licence and the HSE Major Hazard Intervention Plan derived from that licence, and to host all HSE visits and interactions in relation to SAPO, the Major Hazard Intervention Plan and biorisk, and to remain contactable and available out-of-hours, and to be the final internal authority on any biorisk matter.
  • Act as Duty Biological Safety Officer on a rota with Biorisk Advisers, acting as an immediately available source of biosafety assistance and biosafety incident management, covering both working hours and out-of-hours, subject to an agreed allowance for the latter, and remaining contactable and available whilst acting in this role.
  • Carry out workplace biorisk inspections, ‘horizontal’ audits on specific biorisk topics, and ‘vertical’ audits of management of biorisk, with timely reporting of findings.
  • Monitor and facilitate implementation of the corrective actions and preventive actions arising from inspection, audit and investigation findings.
  • Support the development and implementation of applicable management systems such
    as ISO 45001, and work in conformity to quality management systems such as ISO 9001.

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Application Closing Date: 04/09/2017
Interview Date: 21/09/2017

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