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Industrial Hygiene Program Administrator

Industrial Hygiene Program Administrator

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Env Health and Safety
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Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The position will coordinate and lead the testing and maintenance of the Institute’s clean rooms, biosafety cabinets, fume hoods and other ventilation devices used for containment of hazardous materials for staff safety, patient safety and appropriate regulatory compliance and certification. Position will assist in meeting increased demands of MA Pharmacy Board for Sterile Compounding regulations and increased sampling and testing required by USP 797 and of USP 800 standards.


  • This position provides system-wide support in the testing and certification of critical ventilation used in pharmacy sterile compounding, hazardous drug preparation, laboratory applications, biosafety containment facilities, and protected environments.
  • This position coordinates and conducts specialized environmental monitoring in sterile compounding and hazardous drug preparation and administration areas and manages the certification and testing vendor contract to ensure adherence to contract quality standards and financial constraints.
  • This position supports the system occupational safety and health program and ensures worker safety and patient safety.


  • Ventilation Testing and Certification: Coordinates, plans, and executes critical environment testing and certification including local exhaust ventilation, isolation rooms, operating rooms, biological safety cabinets, chemical fume hoods, pharmacy compounding aseptic isolators, pharmacy compounding aseptic containment isolators, laminar flow hoods, clean room suites, biosafety containment facilities, and other ventilation controls. Manages test equipment maintenance and calibration. Maintains inventory and testing schedule of all critical ventilation.
  • Environmental Sampling: Collects viable bacterial and fungal air samples and surface samples in sterile compounding facilities. Assists with collection of hazardous drug surface samples and other industrial hygiene and environmental samples. Manages sampling supply inventories.
  • Liaison to HVAC and Engineering.
  • Technical Reports: Prepares technical reports and tests report documentation. Interprets and analyzes laboratory test results, interprets regulatory requirements, formulates findings, and recommends corrective measures to pharmacy management, laboratory management, safety mangers, and facilities engineering.
  • Plan Review: Assists industrial hygiene and safety staff with technical plan review for specialized ventilation systems, contamination control, and sterile compounding facility design.
  • Exposure Assessment and Control: Assists industrial hygiene and safety staff with exposure assessments and indoor air quality studies
  • Maintain procedural knowledge to properly evaluate laboratory ventilation devices and work cooperatively with other EHS professionals to evaluate the performance chemical exhaust hoods annually (smoke tests and face velocity tests) in accordance with current ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 standards.  Ensure that all new hood installations comply with current industrial standards including ASHRAE 110 as installed testing.
  • Help maintain a database of ventilation devices to track test results, service requests, and provide documentation to management on repair status.  Interact with Facilities Management HVAC and Controls staff to correct ventilation issues.
  • Assist in other aspects of laboratory ventilation and design. Provide technical guidance to Facility Engineers and contractors regarding building design and HVAC systems relevant to laboratory ventilation systems. 
  • Other responsibilities: Assists with the evolution and implementation of DFCI’s industrial hygiene program. Travels to DFCI facilities to perform assigned duties. Acts as a contamination control subject matter expert and resource for others by communicating appropriately with stakeholders and facility personnel.


  • CNBT certification for clean room ventilation or must be able to successfully obtain within one year of hire.
  • NSF49 Certified to verify biosafety cabinet performance or must be able to successfully obtain within one year of hire.
  • Bachelor's degree with four years of experience testing critical ventilation systems. Degree in industrial hygiene, engineering, environmental health, public health, occupational health, chemistry, biology, microbiology, physics, or other technical field. Eight years of industrial hygiene or critical environment testing experience may be substituted for educational requirement.
  • Valid driver's license and meet routine driver qualifications.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required


  • Ability to evaluate primary engineering controls for their ability to protect staff and the sterility of the work product. 
  • Excellent communication skills required. 
  • Ability to prioritize requests appropriately (clinical areas, vivarium, DFCI renovation projects, HVAC routine maintenance programs). 
  • Ability to develop checklists for sterile compounding facility preventive HVAC preventive maintenance (shut-down and return to service).
  • Ability to evaluate primary and secondary engineering controls for their ability to protect staff and the sterility of the work product
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand mechanical drawings and architectural drawings.
  • Experience testing and certifying sterile compounding cleanrooms, primary engineering controls, compounding aseptic containment isolators, compounding aseptic isolators, biological safety cabinets, chemical fume hoods, high containment facilities, protective environment rooms, or other engineering controls.
  • Experience writing technical reports and test reports.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USP, USP, and CETA CAG-003 testing and certification requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NSF 49, ASHRAE 170, and other ventilation standards.
  • Demonstrated basic knowledge of OSHA, EPA, and applicable Joint Commission standards and regulations.
  • Experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet, e-mail, and scheduling applications.
  • Experience in a role requiring effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


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