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Safety Officer Pathology

Boston, Massachusetts

Organization Facility: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Category: Patient Safety Job ID: JR7714 Date posted: 12/06/2022
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Day (United States of America)

Job Summary: This position will support the Department of Pathology's Safety initiatives. Using the various federal, local and accreditation standards, this position will develop processes to monitor and audit safety activities throughout the department. Data collection, information synthesis, and structured documentation will be the primary functions of this position.

Job Description:

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Implements the components of the chemical safety and compliance program. Provides safety field expertise and support to Pathology programs including hazardous materials and biological materials.
  2. Supports the emergency preparedness and response capabilities. Responds to fire and chemical spills during normal hours. Investigates and evaluates incidents, accidents and safety concerns as needed. Develops recommendations and implements corrective measures. Acts as the expert in safety projects, initiatives and concerns.
  3. Implements the components of the safety compliance program. Provides field expertise and support for properly implementing fire and life safety, safety, OSHA, interim life safety, PPE and other relevant programs.
  4. Administers safety training and related regulatory compliance training programs for staff. Ensures compliance with various accrediting agencies and updates training plans and other safety information.
  5. Demonstrates current and working knowledge of safety regulations to identify, review and assess safety compliance in all Pathology environments. Performs risk assessment and summarizes key aspects of regulatory status in format for reports.
  6. Provides for all commonly encountered industrial hygiene needs, including exposure monitoring to chemicals and other environmental exposure concerns. Analyzes site findings and potential hazard control methods and develops, in conjunction with the BIDMC EHS team, and implements recommendations to assure continued worker safety.
  7. Assists in developing safety policies and procedures. Assists in communicating policy and procedures, particularly through specific department training events. Develops and delivers training programs covering a variety of Safety topics. Supports department-specific training efforts through 'train-the-trainer' activities and direct presentations.
  8. Works with BIDMC EHS to coordinate the hazardous chemical and universal waste program.
  9. Participates or leads committee/teams. Coordinates committee findings and communications to appropriate department representatives. Committees include: Environment of Care, Emergency Management, Pathology Safety Committee, and Sharps Committee. Conducts routine visits of all areas to assure adherence to state and federal safety regulations. Manages recalls and safety inspections.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Medical Technology, or Environmental Health and Safety Sciences. required.
  2. 1-3 years related work experience required.
  3. Strong knowledge of environmental health and safety regulations and laboratory accreditation requirements .
  4. Demonstrates relevant certifications in areas such as: CAP, Joint Commission, and OSHA.
  5. Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Prefer certifications in at least one of the following areas: ASCP, CIH, CSP or HEM.
  2. Strong organizational skills and the ability to integrate and synthesize new information quickly; including compilation of data into reports
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

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As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more about this requirement.

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