Health and Safety Specialist - New London Region

New London, CT
Feb 11, 2020

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Job Description

Overview

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

Under the direction of Manager of Employee Health & Safety, coordinates, and/or provides guidance to the staffs of Occupational Health Services, Compensation and Benefits, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control (HEIC), Legal Affairs /Risk Management, Institute for Excellence (IFE), Delivery Network Employee Health & Safety Committee, Human Resource Information System (HRIS), Human Resources (HR), Plant Engineering, Facilities Design & Construction (FD & C), Accreditation Safety and Regulatory Affairs (ASRA) , and others as needed for consultation on employee Health and Safety matters; including OSHA regulatory requirements. Ensures that health and safety training and content applying to healthcare workers are created and conducted in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Responsibilities

  • 1. Conducts comprehensive and ongoing reviews of federal and/or state standards that are applicable to the health care/hospital working environment and designs comprehensive compliance plans, assigning responsibilities for safety protocol development, where necessary, to the appropriate department, group and/or individual.
    • 1.1 Member of the Delivery Network Employee Health and Safety Committee. Provides weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual employee injury/illness reports as required by Worker's compensation Commission, State of CT and as requested and/or required by the TJC, and other regulatory agencies and departments
  • 2. Conducts ongoing review of all YNHHS/Delivery Network job descriptions to determine health and safety training requirements and computer-based training category for each based on position, department, job duties and level of risk. Performs entry of health and safety training requirements into Healthstream. Performs entry of healthcare respirator fit testing requirements by department and position into Human Resources/Lawson database.
    • 2.1 Collaborates with IFE, Center for Professional Practice Excellence (CPPE) and HEIC on content of new employee orientation and appropriate facilities safety personnel, annual mandatory occupational safety and health and infection control training updates.
  • 3. Conducts comprehensive and ongoing reviews of federal and/or state standards that are applicable to the health care/hospital working environment and designs comprehensive compliance plans, assigning responsibilities for safety protocol development, where necessary, to the appropriate department, group and/or individual.
    • 3.1 Supports the activities of the Delivery Network Employee Health and Safety Committee through collaborative quality improvement team participation and assistance in research, data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • 4. Surveys compliance in practice including, but not limited to, bloodborne pathogens, airborne pathogens , respirator use, health and safety training, use of appropriate personal protective equipment, and exposure monitoring. Submits report of findings to Executive Director of Occupational Health Services and Medical Director of Pop Health/Occupational Health (and/or others) as requested.
    • 4.1 As requested, assists with regularly scheduled hazard surveillance inspections throughout all clinical, public/common, mechanical, support, and office/business spaces as evidenced by written inspection reports using federal/OSHA regulations, TJC standards, state, local fire and building codes, CDC and Infection Control guidelines, and recommended safe work practices including but not limited to ergonmics.
  • 5. Conducts employee safety activities to identify and mitigate the risk for employee injury, including but not limited to, ergonomic evaluation (assessment of employee work stations and work task analysis), provides training to employees on patient and material handling, conducts accident investigations on employee injuries, maintains the required OSHA injury data, provides safety presentations as required, and provides injury data analysis, injury report development and corrective action planning to reduce the risk of injuries to our employees.
    • 5.1 Working with the guidelines provided by HPI, perform SSE classification on injuries within home delivery network. Continuously review and update classifications.
  • 6. Provide coverage and support in the Occupational Health clinics and special workgroups/task forces as necessary within individual scope of practice.
    • 6.1 Maintain active membership in committees related to (but not limited to): aggressive behavior, safe patient handling, bloodborne pathogens, ergonomics, slips/trips/falls and others as applicable.

Qualifications

EDUCATION


Bachelors degree in a related field required; RN preferred. Master of Science degree in occupational safety and health management or industrial hygiene preferred


EXPERIENCE


Five years in occupational health and/or health and safety required. Performance management training preferred. Recommended but not required is certification by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., Board of Certified Healthcare Safety Management, Industrial Hygienists, First Aid and BLS certification preferred. Demonstrated participation in OSHA and TJC compliance training. Demonstrated experience in implementing hospital -wide training and/or compliance programs. Experience with OSHA compliance preferred.


LICENSURE


Certification in ergonomic evaluation is preferred.


SPECIAL SKILLS


Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational, and customer service skills. Must be self-motivating and have the ability to exercise independent judgement in the development of plans and protocols to be submitted for approval and day-to-day work routine. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must have demonstrated knowledge of OSHA regulations and DPH and TJC standards. Must be familiar with the following applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and appropriate HTML database and report writer software; and SYSTOC and Epic programs. Must be able to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate multiple facets of occupational health and safety. Must have a willingness to learn and apply knowledge. Must be able to conduct training sessions to la rge groups of employees.


PHYSICAL DEMAND


Valid Connecticut driver's license as off-site evaluations are required. Position duties and responsibilities may require prolonged standing and walking; use of sight, hearing and touch; and the moving /lifting (or assisting with) employees and supplies/equipment of varying weights in the course of clinical duties or work evaluations. Must be able to lift and push/pull minimum of 30 lbs.


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Job Info

Job: 16335

Department: Employee Hlth Safety Wellbeing
Category: NON - CLINICAL OTHER
Sub Category: CLINICAL PROF
Status: Full Time Benefits Eligible
Shift: D
Hours: 40

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