Safety Associate

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 08-18-2017
BASIC FUNCTION:
  • Reporting to the Safety Officer, the primary purpose of the position is to assist in maintaining and reviewing Safety Programs and Policies, maintaining compliance with Safety regulations and guidelines, and conducting training and development activities to enhance overall safety. Serve in an advisory capacity to the organization and provide guidance and technical expertise, within the parameters of the professions' ethics.
DIMENSIONS:
  • Intermediate
NATURE AND SCOPE:
  • Interact(s) with staff, physicians, patients and their families, other health care providers, Hospital and University officials, and regulatory surveyors. 
  • Interacts internally with patients, staff, physicians, technicians, and Department of Public Safety.  Interacts externally with vendors, emergency management associates, fire department and other safety and healthcare associates.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Assist Safety Officer and managers in assessing the effectiveness of the unit safety and health programs and providing recommendations for maintaining/improving their effectiveness.
  • Provide guidance to management and employees so that they understand the safety and health programs and how to implement them.
  • Assist management with the identification and evaluation of high-risk hazards and development of measures for their control.
  • Provide staff safety and occupational training to prevent harm.
  • Assist in monitoring established indicators for the Environment of Care Committee. 
  • Assist in the management of monitoring Fire Safety including drills, compliance with inspections, monitoring of Hazardous Waste and aid in the development of a Culture of Safe Practice for all staff. 
  • Represent the organization in safety and health interests outside their operations within the community and by active participation in professional societies and safety and quality associations and groups.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and maintain federal, state and local relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of professional competence in the safety and health field.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
ORGANIZATIONAL EXPECTATIONS:
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
CORE COMPETENCIES:
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Knowledge of fire safety, hazardous waste management, environmental rounding, patient safety principles.
  • Skilled in supervising, mentoring, and motivating staff.
  • Ability to apply principles of Performance Improvement and quality management to safety.
  • Knowledge of team building and culture of safety and possesses the ability to apply these principles to improving environmental and clinical outcomes.
  • Possesses a comfort level in teaching staff of various educational levels.
  • Understands the principles employee safety and familiar with OSHA regulatory compliance standards.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
 
CARES CRITERIA:
  • Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
  • Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students, and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide healthcare and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency, and the environment.
  • Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
  • Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students, and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • Associate Degree or Bachelor of Science in healthcare or safety related fields.
  • At least 2-4 years of experience in quality or safety.
  • Experience in training or educational teaching preferred.
  • Must be licensed to practice in the field of specialty. Must be able to work days and participate in an on-call schedule for hospital and community emergency response programs.
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