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Safety and Environmental Health Specialist (Full-Time Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm)


At Lancaster General Health, our culture is what sets us apart and creates a lasting impression of our health system in the community and in the hearts of our patients and their families. A role with us is more than just a job, we ask that you Live Your Legacy at LGH by finding your passion in your everyday role, committing to those you serve, and reaching for your personal best.

We are recognized as 1 of only 9 hospitals in the entire country with awards in Medicare.Gov, LEAPFROG and Healthgrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals. We have attained four-year Magnet ® recognition status for the fourth time with the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and we are the 2018 recipient of the Foster G. McGaw Prize in recognition of the commitment to community service.

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers a comprehensive benefits package:

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program so that our employees can stay actively engaged and committed to living their legacy every day. Together, we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

Join us and be part of a team that empowers you to do more than your job and encourages you to:

Live Your Passion. Live Your Best. Live Your Commitment. Live Your Legacy.

Company

Lancaster General Hospital

Cost Center

3087 Safety

Supervisory Organization

Safety

Grade

G14

Benefits of Joining Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH combines a Nationally Ranked Hospital with great schools, safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, local community events and festivals as well as a wealth of cultural and recreational activities. The scenic Susquehanna River Valley provides opportunities for fishing, skiing, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking in addition to easy access to NJ shoreline or Delaware beaches. Urban life is easily accessible, with New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. a train ride away. Local universities, Fulton Theatre, the downtown shopping and dining district and local sports teams make Lancaster a great place to Live, Work and Play.

Summary

POSITION SUMMARY:

Assists with the oversight of organizational efforts and activities related to protecting the health and safety of the people working, visiting, or receiving care in the Lancaster General Health facilities.  Along with the Director of Safety and Emergency Management, develops and maintains programs, policies, and procedures to ensure the organization is meeting requirements related to workplace safety, environmental health, and life safety.  Works collaboratively with organizational  leadership and staff to respond to safety concerns.  Serves as a subject matter expert in safety and  environmental health, as well as fire and life safety by maintaining current knowledge of applicable regulations and standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Develops, maintains, and implements policies, programs, and resources in compliance with regulatory standards and agencies in various areas of employee safety and environmental health including Environment of Care, fire and life safety, contractor safety management, hazardous materials, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
  • Evaluates and coordinates Lancaster General Health’s employee health and safety programs by creating policies, developing safety procedures, assigning safety program responsibilities, providing direction to department leaders, and training to employees as needed.
  • Audits the activity of all LG Health Safety Committees.
  • Acts as the primary liaison with OSHA for purposes of on-going VPP designation
  • Serves the role as Accident and Illness Prevention Service Provider for self-insurance.
  • Oversees the hazardous materials program by maintaining library of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and current inventories of hazardous products, providing assessments for indoor air quality, coordinating industrial hygiene monitoring as needed, filing reports in compliance with local, state and federal agencies, ensuring appropriate waste disposal, as well as providing guidance with spill management.
  • Responsible for compliance activities related to the Environment of Care, including conducting tracer activities, maintaining required documentation, performing risk assessments, submitting reports to regulatory organizations, and participating in inspections by authorities having jurisdiction.
  • Manages the fire and life safety program to assure the safety of building occupants, which includes evaluating fire drills participating in surveys of new and renovated spaces or facilities, and implementing Interim Life Safety Measures.
  • Assists with investigatons of near misses and incidents, as well as performs job safety analysis and workstation assessments.
  • Compiles and evaluates trends of work related incidents, injuries, and illnesses.
  • Coordinates injury prevention programs and assists safety liaisons as needed with hazard analysis and prevention of work related injuries/illnesses.
  • Responsible for the oversight of the environmental rounding and hazard inspection program.  Provides information on completion rates, identifies trends and recommends improvements initiatives.
  • Coordinates educational programs and training classes to support various safety and environment of care programs, including  new employee orientation, fire safety, hazard rounding, response team training, and personal protective equipment use.
  • Organizes and attends organizational meetings, as well as participates in professional organizations and meetings as a hospital representative.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Prepares and maintains written documentation as required by the profession and the department.
  • Acts as a liaison with other healthcare organizations, safety professionals, and regulatory agencies responsible for regulatory compliance.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in field of safety.
  • Provides coverage in the absence of Director Safety and Emergency Management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Environmental Health, Science-related, Industrial Hygiene, or Healthcare-related field.
  • Two years of safety, environmental health, risk management, or related experience.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three to five years of experience working in a healthcare environment.
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).
  • Qualifications to serve role as Accident and Illness Prevention Service Provider

COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS

Attention/Concentration: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects of current experience and reject others:           

The position requires strong concentration skills.  The individual must have the ability to voluntarily sustain concentration to a task over an extended period of time as a result of an effortful and usually deliberate heightened and focused state of attention.

New Learning and Memory: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to learn and retain material:

A large portion of this position requires reliance on verbal memory and new learning.  Efficiency in processing of verbal information, either in written or spoken form, is a major requirement and prerequisite of the job.  The individual must be able to attend to and process multiple bits of information simultaneously.  The individual must be able to organize and categorize this information effectively so that later recall is feasible.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Creative Thinking: The following level of ability that is essential for the jobholder to think (in order to solve a problem) by combining two or more elements from past experience or imaginative thought:

The position requires much autonomy of thought and problem solving.  The individual must be able to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems.  The individual must be able to think abstractly, which is manifested in the ability to form concepts, use categories, generalize from single instances, apply procedural rules and general principles, and be aware of subtle or intrinsic aspects of a problem.  The development of hypothesis and potential solutions to problems involves careful interpretation, analysis and diagnosis.  The individual must be able to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  The individual must be able to think creatively with a degree of inventiveness, experimentation and intuition.  They must be able to deal with a variety of concrete and abstract variables.

APTITUDES:  The following are essential requirements of the position in relation to job-worker situations.  These items describe how a worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act:

Leadership, control and planning: Ability to accept responsibility for leadership, direction, control, planning, negotiating, organizing, directing, supervising, formulating practices, or making final decisions.

Repetitive work: Ability to continuously perform the same type of work for extended periods of time, according to set procedures, sequence or pace.

Performing under stressful conditions: Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical aspects of the job. Is subject to danger or risk, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.

Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental factors, physical demands, or work situations.

Communication:  Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely; to present ideas, facts and technical information.

Interpersonal relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize needs and be sensitive of others.

EQUIPMENT USAGE REQUIREMENTS

Equipment/Tools: Computer, Phone, Copier, Printer, Fax, Office Supplies, AV Equipment for presentations, Environmental monitoring equipment (i.e. dosimeters, particulate meters)

Software: Microsoft Office Products

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Rarely 0-10%; Occasionally 11-35%; Frequently 36-70%; Continuously 71-100%

Body Position/Movement:

  • Sit: Continuously
  • Stand: Frequently
  • Walk: Continuously
  • Bend: Occasionally
  • Push: Frequently
  • Pull: Frequently
  • Kneel/Squat: Frequently
  • Reach: Frequently
  • Twist: Occasionally
  • Balance: Frequently
  • Climb: Occasionally

Lifting: Degree of physical exertion is: Moderate, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  On rare occasions, exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Touch/Feeling

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

WORKING CONDITIONS: Position involves exposure to the following harmful elements:

  • Bio hazardous Waste
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Extreme Noise Levels
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Exposed Electrical Lines
  • High Pressure Steam/Gas
  • Moving/Rotating Machinery
  • Radioactive Agents

Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely.

Disclaimer

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

 

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LGH Full Time Posted on 02/11/2021