As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. Harborview Medical Center's Occupational Medicine Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a 50% Part-Time Clinical Industrial Hygienist (CIH).The Clinical Industrial Hygeinist (CIH) provides comprehensive chemical exposure assessments of patients to assist the physicians in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Clinic in determining whether or not an illness or injury is work related. Additionally, the CIH provides key educating/training to Occ Med residents, fellows, and medical students, preparing them for practice in occupational medicine. The CIH provides subject matter expertise in regard to program development and process improvement. The CIH does outreach, maintains a network of professionals in the community in order to raise the profile of the OEM clinic in the community. The CIH is key to providing services in the OEM clinic that are not found in other occupational medicine clinics, thus these services set this clinic apart and contribute to making it a Center of Excellence at Harborview and in Washington State. The IH must be flexible in terms of their work schedule for the purpose of conducting site visits at places of employment; scheduling site visits will be dependent on the employers ability to accommodate the IH. Conducting site visits will also require travel throughout Washington StateDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The clinical industrial hygienist (IH), under minimal supervision, assesses and evaluates the occupational exposure histories of patients that are being evaluated and treated in the Harborview Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic, assists physicians in determining work-relatedness of an illness or injury, and makes recommendations to reduce exposure risks. The clinical IH works independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. The clinical IH performs the following duties related to clinical care, resident and fellow education, site visits, and program development and evaluation.Clinical Care Conduct comprehensive exposure investigations for patients where the illness or injury is suspected to be work or environmentally related. Investigations require interview of patients, obtaining Safety Data Sheets, research and literature review, documentation of reports in the electronic medical record system, outreach to and appropriate communication with employers, unions, community industrial hygienists, DOSH, OSHA, and other agencies. Obtain trade secret ingredient information from product manufacturers to facilitate patient care, and ensure trade secret information is handled properly by attending physicians and occupational medicine residents and fellows.Maintain professional network of IH and safety professionals in the Pacific Northwest Region to facilitate communication as outlined above.Make recommendations for workplace modifications to reduce worker exposure.Recommend appropriate personal protection equipment (e.g. gloves, respiratory protection) to reduce a patient's workplace or home exposures.Recommend engineering controls such as ventilation or product substitutes to reduce or eliminate a patient's workplace or home exposures.Provide patient education on exposures and strategies to reduce exposures.EducationTrain occupational medicine residents and fellows on exposure history interview, investigation methods, and industrial hygiene concepts.Participate in mentoring research activities of medical students, residents, and fellows.Develop written and online resources for physicians' reference.ResearchObtain, review, and assimilate information from Safety Data Sheets and research literature to assist physicians in determining potential health impacts of occupational exposures.Maintain particular, current expertise in industries relevant to the HMC clinic population, including but not limited to hospitals, veterinary clinics, hazardous nuclear waste sites, and aircraft manufacturing. This includes being knowledgeable about relevant occupational exposure in these evolving industries, environmental and occupational regulations, and best practices to promote worker health and safety.Program Development and EvaluationTrack data for programs such as the Chemically Related Illness Center of Excellence contract with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Data may include demand versus capacity for clinic industrial hygiene services, types of exposures, and types of disease states. Data will be used in reports to hospital leadership and to Labor & Industries, and will inform program development, quality improvement, and contract negotiations.Act as a subject matter expert to the clinic medical director and clinic manager in the development of new programs and when (re)negotiating contracts.Work in partnership with the clinic medical director and manager on outreach and stakeholder engagement and education. Raise the profile of the clinic and the CRI Center of Excellence in the community.Provide off-site IH services to employers needing education and risk communication services.Site Visits When necessary, conduct patient-centered work-site visits to further investigate and evaluate workplace hazards and exposures. Characterize a patient's workplace exposures in the context of patient care.Collaborate effectively with industrial hygienists from the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) Field Research and Consultation Group.Travel to work sites throughout the state of Washington As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.
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