This staff positionwithin Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety provides direct customersupport to Vanderbilt University Medical Center hospitals and associatedclinics. This position will directly work with the Assistant Director and othersection staff to assist the facility in maintaining compliance with thestandards promulgated by the Joint Commission, CAP, OSHA/TOSHA, TDEC, EPA andother applicable regulatory and accrediting agencies.
MAJOR DUTIES ANDRESPONSIBILITIES
Assists with responsibility for the overall fire/safety plan in the hospitals and clinics. Assists with fire drills and emergency preparedness drills within the VUMC hospitals and clinics.
Assists in the implementation of hazardous materials monitoring programs: environmental and personal monitoring and reporting/documentation of results.
Performs Indoor Air Quality evaluations using standard assessment tools, reporting results to applicable managers.
Assists with the Airborne Hazards Respiratory Protection Program, providing respirator fit testing and training for Workforce Members.
Conducts safety audits for the hospitals and associated clinics. Reports results of audits to the department managers with recommendations for correction. Documents and maintains audit records for the Medical Center Safety Committee and regulatory agencies.
Assists in the development and implementation of safety policies/procedures, safety education, and hazard surveillance programs for Vanderbilt Medical Center and associated clinics.
Works collaboratively with other VUMC groups and contractors to provide a safe environment during construction activities.
Participates on various Medical Center-associated committees, subcommittees and task forces by appointment; provides recommendations and assists with corrective actions.
Works collaboratively with other VEHS staff, Facilities Management, Environmental Services and other key departments to assist the hospitals and clinics in meeting federal, state and local requirements, Joint Commission and OSHA standards.
Provides technical assistance and support to various hospital departments in the development, review, and evaluation of departmental-level safety programs.
Presents fire safety and departmentally specific safety information and training for new employees and re-training for current employees as required.
Participates in Emergency Preparedness and response activities to include training activities, drills and plan activations.
Carries the VEHS 24-hr emergency pager in a rotation that includes all exempt staff for on-campus emergencies.
Performs other duties relevant to the Hospital/ Clinic Safety Section as assigned.
Internal: Frequentcontact with all levels of administration, faculty, staff, students, visitorsand patients including the presentation of information where detailedexplanation is required to obtain cooperation.
External: Frequentcontact with consultants and vendors.
Be able to lift 50lbs. Must be willing and able to wear required personal protectiveequipment including protective clothing and gloves, eye/face protection, and,in some cases, negative pressure respiratory protection.
Position requires entryinto areas where biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, andionizing radiation may be used.
Bachelors plus 3 yearsâ experience or Masters plus 0 yearsâ experience in environmental engineering, publichealth, occupational health and safety or other appropriate science-relatedfield of study (i.e. chemistry) is required.
Experience should be inan environmental, healthcare, or safety related field. Equivalentcombination of experience and education accepted.
Applicant must possessexcellent written and verbal communication skills for effective report writing,training, and consulting.
Must be familiar withcommon computer programs including, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) mission is to partnerwith the VUMC/VU community to facilitate and promote safety, health andenvironmental protection. VEHS accomplishes this task by providing expertise inthe following EH&S technical disciplines: radiation safety; occupationalsafety, emergency preparedness; industrial hygiene; fire and life safety;training; hazardous materials management; and biological safety.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) department providesVanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) with the necessary consultation andtechnical resources to support regulatory and accreditation compliance effortsin the areas of safety, and health. VEHS also provides consultative and safetysupport services to Vanderbilt University (VU) on a contractual basis.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a globalcrossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is acommunity of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim ofchanging the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, yourknowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where yourdiversity â of culture, thinking, learning and leading â is sought andcelebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something thatis bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and neversettle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbiltâs mission is to advance health and wellness throughpreeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
Becausewe are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research,we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital inTennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (BillWilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinicalspecialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the"100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade"A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement ofScience: 12 facultymembers elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nursesare the only group honored in Middle Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: MiddleTennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100"Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a comprehensive health care facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Our reputation for excellence in these areas has made us a major center for patient referrals from throughout the Mid-South. Each year, people throughout Tennessee and the Southeast choose Vanderbilt University Medical Center for their health care because of our leadership in medical science and our dedication to treating patients with dignity and compassion.The mission of Vanderbilt University Medical Center is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.