Office of Clinical & Research Safety - Safety Technician
Medical Center Safety and Training Section
Perform a variety of tasks related to the respiratory protection program for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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Understand applicable external regulations and internal policies/SOP's and evaluate compliance status.
Implement departmental SOP's and contribute to development and evaluation by providing feedback and edits.
Maintain task schedule including completing assignments on time and communicating any issues or delays to supervisor.
Develop and implement technical skills in either radiation safety, chemical safety, biological safety, hospital safety or a combination of multiple areas.
Assist as needed (with or without technical expertise) in all safety programs where manual labor is required such as completing data entry, paperwork, or other tasks for large-scale events.
Complete all training required for position and provide input into training content provided to VUMC community relative to field of work.
Schedule fit testing sessions to accommodate the needs of different faculty and staff groups
Complete the appropriate paperwork and manage the respiratory protection database in order to document and track staff requiring annual fit testing
Procure and maintain the various supplies required for the fit testing process
Train staff to appropriately don and doff respiratory protection equipment
Provide respirator fit testing for faculty and staff to ensure optimal protection from respiratory hazards
Work collaboratively with other staff in VEHS and the Occupational Health Clinic to provide the fit testing services
This is a demanding and highly visible position that calls for diplomatic interaction with all levels of faculty, staff and administrators through the Vanderbilt community. This person will be required to communicate in a courteous and professional manner to all clients at all times
SAFETY (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): The knowledge of and attentiveness to safety as well as compliance with the rules regarding safety.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): Demonstrates knowledge of the appropriate rules and regulations and apply them in difficult, stressful and complex situations. Able to interpret and explain rules and regulations that are ambiguous or unclear. Directs others in interpreting rules and regulations on the job and trains others in them.
COMMUNICATION (INTERMEDIATE): Clearly, effectively and respectfully communicates to employees or customers.
DATA ANALYSIS (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): The ability to analyze data in an accurate manner.
DOCUMENTATION & WRITING SKILLS - (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with patient relations documentation.
COMPUTER/ELECTRONIC KNOWLEDGE (NOVICE): Knowledge of the use of applications and tasks on computers and other electronic devices as part of regular work responsibilities. It includes knowledge of software such as word processors, spreadsheets, text editors, and graphics.
Organizational Impact: Performs tasks that are typically routine that may impact team's performance with occasional guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes some discretion and research to solve routine problems.
Breadth of Knowledge: Applies knowledge of standards, established processes and procedure that apply to your own job.
Team Interaction: Provides guidance to entry level co-workers.
Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
Builds and Maintains Relationships : Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES:
Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns tosupervisors in a timely manner.
Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY:
Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards.
Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY:
Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.
Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.