Safety Officer II

US-TX-Austin
Job ID
2017-7786
Category
Medxcel Facilities Support
Company Name
Medxcel Facilities Management

Overview

The Safety Officer II is a professional position within Medxcel Facilities Management, working within the assigned location of:  Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas - Austin, TX.  The Safety Officer provides services for the Environment of Care (EC) Program and EC/Safety Committees for a moderately sized hospital or multi-hospital system.  As a safety professional, this position will exercise responsibility and accountability for coordinating, collecting, disseminating, and intervening in a manner that anticipates, prevents, and identifies, evaluates, and controls hazards.  This role maintains continuous survey readiness through compliance with regulations from a number of regulatory agencies, including The Joint Commission (TJC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and identified industry best management practices (BMP).

 

Through regular meetings, education, and surveys this position will initiate direct contact with Regional Safety Managers, peer Safety Officers, Facilities Managers, managers, and associates.

 

This is a role in which the person serves regularly in a highly visible capacity:  experience, skills, demeanor, and ability to handle difficult and sometimes stressful circumstances are a clear expectation.  In addition, the position will be responsible for implementing and maintaining the Environment of Care Program, which includes safety and security management, fire safety, hazardous materials and waste management, medical equipment, utilities management, emergency management, and environmental stewardship. 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain EC and life safety compliance 
  • Coordinate the Environment of Care, Safety, Security, Emergency Preparedness, Medical Equipment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, Life Safety, and Utilities as they directly relate to the health care setting and the overall environment of care;
  • Identify risks based on regulatory interpretation and other methods, and apply to policy creation;
  • Oversight of EC in efforts to maintain high standards of safety, regulatory compliance, maintaining documentation of findings and improvements;
  • Participate in incident investigation to identify causal factors to determine how incidents might be prevented in the future.
  • Monitor potential and actual environmental hazards.  Participate in root and apparent cause analysis;
  • Recommends remedial and corrective action;
  • Participates in or leads internal committees on workplace safety planning, management, and initiatives;

Training:

  • Develops and implements education programs and materials to train staff to detect, mitigate, and avoid workplace hazards.  Provides technical guidance to management, surveyors, and other appropriate parties regarding occupational health and safety-related problems regarding accreditation standards;
  • Develop and implement educational programs for EC regulatory readiness.

Policy and Procedure Support:

  • Provide policy and procedure interpretation and education as it applies to the EC, Life Safety, and Emergency Management Plans;
  • Conduct research and applicable regulations/standards concerning workplace safety and integrate findings into policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Provide education and training regarding accreditation standards and regulations as they relate to Medxcel policies and procedures;
  • Maintain the policy and procedure repository and revision process including FMOS.

Document Management:

  • Maintain and continuously improve the Medxcel Facility Management Plans, including the EOC, Life Safety, and Emergency management plans ensuring that compliance with regulatory standards and implementation at the health care system;
  • Maintain regulatory readiness documentation, ensuring system is in compliance with regulatory standards and that they personnel are trained and ready for regulatory inspections;
  • Maintain Regulatory/Facilities SharePoint (SNAP) site for dashboards, safety related events, and measurements, as applicable.

Qualifications

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred (will consider some college and adequate career experience);
  • Clinical experience preferred (RN background especially)
  • Appointment as System Safety Officer by the facility or facilities Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and/or Chief Medical Officer.  Appointment is obtained in writing and includes a description of scope, roles, responsibilities, and the authority to intervene whenever environmental conditions immediately threaten life, health, or to damage equipment or buildings;
  • Qualified individuals must have experience a minimum of five years of either clinical experience, safety management, security management, risk management, emergency management, facilities management, quality improvement, or infection control, preferably in a health care facility;
  • Holds and maintains relevant certifications in areas of Environmental/Regulatory compliance and safety;
  • Experience in developing policies and procedures desired;

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of hospital/facilities management, clinical engineering, and/or regulatory standards in a hospital is required;
  • Experience in developing policies and procedures desired;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Computerized Management System (CMMS) database applications is required;
  • Analytical skills to comprehend and interpret complex regulations, perform data analysis, and communicate results to others is required;
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills;
  • Organizational and project management skills; and
  • Effective written, verbal, and presentational communication skills.

 

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