Environmental Health & Safety Specialist (1.0 FTE, Days)

Category: General/Environmental Service
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Palo Alto CA 94305
Req: 10531
FTE: 1

General/ Environmental Service

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

Reporting to the EH&S director, the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist has the main responsibility to determine the existence of possible health hazards (both medical and bio-hazard) and to take steps to correct them.  Monitors health and safety conditions as well as how the hospital handles medical and bio-hazards waste management. Provides EH&S leadership and develops proactive approaches to safety. Conducts employee safety training and develops, prioritizes and implements EH&S training projects to protect people, products and environment from exposure to injury, risk or economic loss. Keeps the facilities up to the government standards and is aware of all the areas in which health or safety problems are likely to arise and develop plans to help employees reduce the possibility of violations. Is familiar with current government and industry regulations and provides subject matter expertise regarding state and federal regulations and best practices. Works as a team member within HAZMAT response team, maintains Hazard communications – MSDS, and is responsible for recycling and universal waste programs as well as for fire drills and emergency evacuations. Participates in incident analysis to identify root cause and recommends effective preventative corrective actions. Will conduct program and policy reviews and provide recommendations for program improvements

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients' rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Leads by example through maintaining and requiring a high level of compliance with health and safety policies, standards and regulations
  • Actively promotes safety and health awareness to hospital and contract employees through training, safety – environmental rounds, EH&S audits and site inspections
  • Ensures compliance with applicable occupational health and safety regulations, laws, policies and procedures. Actively participates in, supports, and promotes health and safety initiatives
  • Ensures all unplanned, off-site discharge of hazardous materials and wastes are immediately reported internally and managed per hospital’s policy and procedures including post-incident risk management
  • Manages medical and bio-hazard wastes per regulations
  • Ensures that all incidents are promptly and correctly reported, investigated, and effective measures are taken to prevent reoccurrence
  • Manages universal waste and recycling programs
  • Maintains hazard communications including MSDS records
  • Conducts fire drills / emergency evacuations
  • Provides support and advice to all site personnel in meeting their environmental objectives
  • Coaches and mentors employees, contractors and other EH&S staff in adequate risk assessments and hazard management processes
  • Participates in regulatory, risk assessment and HAZMAT response teams
  • Provides regulatory information to internal and external customers
  • Maintain storage and retrieval of regulatory records
  • Tracks emerging regulations and communicates the potential impact to appropriate personnel

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Experience:5- 7 years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience directly involved with management and compliance of health and safety programs in healthcare industry
  • License/Certification:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to apply safety policies and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, training and influencing skills
  • Good organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work within a diverse work environment and assist in compliance with safety regulations
  • Knowledge of chemical synthesis of products and chemical control regulations
  • Knowledge of OSHA 1910/1911
  • Knowledge of health regulations and / or occupational/industrial health 
  • Skills in hazardous materials management, “community right to know”, hazard recognition and risk management.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

This job may entail exposure to potentially dangerous materials.