Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care. VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) department provides Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) with the necessary consultation and technical resources to support regulatory and accreditation compliance efforts in the areas of safety, and health.. VEHS also provides consultative and safety support services to Vanderbilt University (VU) on a contractual basis.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) mission is to partner with the VUMC/VU community to facilitate and promote safety, health and environmental protection. VEHS accomplishes this task by providing expertise in the following EH&S technical disciplines: radiation safety; occupational safety, emergency preparedness; industrial hygiene; fire and life safety; training; hazardous materials management; and biological safety.
This position will be responsible for management and supervision of staff members and programs associated with providing professional safety-related services for the growing Vanderbilt network of off-site clinics.
Reporting to the Assistant Director, this position is also responsible to ensure that VUMC patient-care facilities maintain compliance with the standards promulgated by the Joint Commission, CAP, OSHA/TOSHA, TDEC, EPA and other applicable regulatory and accrediting agencies.
Prepares and develops safety policies/procedures, safety education, and hazard surveillance programs for Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Provides expertise and assistance with responsibility for the overall fire/safety plan in the hospitals and clinics. Assists with fire drills and emergency preparedness drills within the VUMC hospitals and clinics
Performs hazardous materials monitoring (environmental and personal monitoring) and communicates results to applicable managers. Provides follow-up for corrective action plans.
Performs Indoor Air Quality evaluations using standard assessment tools, reporting results to applicable managers.
Participates on various associated committees, subcommittees and task forces by appointment; provides recommendations and assists with corrective actions.
Assists with responsibility for the overall fire/safety/emergency preparedness plans for hospital and clinic areas, with emphasis on the off-site clinics.
Works collaboratively with other VEHS staff, Facilities Management, Environmental Services and other key departments to assist off-site clinics in meeting federal, state and local requirements, Joint Commission and OSHA/TOSHA standards.
Conducts safety audits for the hospitals and associated clinics, including off-site clinics. Reports results of audits to the department managers with recommendations for correction. Documents and maintains audit records for the Medical Center Safety Committee and regulatory agencies.
Provides technical assistance and support to various hospital departments in the development, review, and evaluation of departmental-level safety programs.
Develops and implements specific safety training for patient-care staff and faculty.
Participates in Emergency Preparedness and response activities to include training activities, drills and plan activations.
Participates in regulatory inspections as needed
Provides support for the construction safety program; participating in construction safety surveys, project permitting, policy development, training, and problem resolution.
Responds to emergencies as appropriate for training and assignment within VEHS and needs of the organization.
Other duties relevant to the Hospital/Clinic Safety and Training Program, as assigned.
Internal: Frequent contact with all levels of administration, faculty, staff, students, visitors and patients including the presentation of information where detailed explanation is required to obtain cooperation.
External: Frequent contact with consultants and vendors.
Be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be willing and able to wear required personal protective equipment including protective clothing and gloves, eye/face protection, and, in some cases, negative pressure respiratory protection. Limited compensated travel to VUMC clinics.
Position requires entry into areas where biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, and ionizing radiation may be used.
Position requires limited local travel to Vanderbilt associated off-campus clinics.
Position involves minimal after-hour and weekend work associated with completion of off-shift drills and industrial hygiene monitoring.
Job related skills
Applicant must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills for effective report writing, training, and consulting. Must be familiar with common computer programs including, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
Bachelors plus 8 years' experience or Master's plus 5 years' experience in public health, occupational health and safety or other appropriate science-related field of study is required. Additional management experience is required. Professional Board Certification desired : (Examples include: CHMM (Certified Hazardous Materials Manager), PE (Professional Engineer), CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist), CHP (Certified Health Physicist) or CSP (Certified Safety Professional),, etc. Equivalent combination of experience and education accepted.
Safety/Industrial Hygiene related certification required.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
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 disea...se.
As the 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.