Environmental Service Worker – Alicia Roberts Medical Center
SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.
This position is under the general supervision of the Facility Services Coordinator. Environmental Service Worker provides a dual role including light maintenance, preventive maintenance and environmental service work. Activities require strict adherence to cleaning specifications and protocols, proper use of chemicals and equipment and adherence to maintenance and engineering specifications and protocols to ensure a healthy and visually clean environment. Decisions and recommendations are typically limited to following policies and procedures already in place and direction from the immediate supervisor. Environmental Service Worker have a direct impact on critical infection control practice, facility condition and safety, and accreditation therefore making their work essential to SEARHC’s healthcare mission.
- Cleans and disinfects with friction all environmental surfaces including entire exam rooms, waiting areas, bathrooms (includes showers if applicable), as well as staff offices, furniture, hallways, sweeping and moping. Maintain a healthy and clean visual appearance of entire building well properly using environmental services equipment.
- Replenish supplies in areas such as patient care rooms, restrooms, and all other areas as needed. Supplies include paper products, linen, soaps, sharps containers, terminal cleaning supplies, and parts needed for environmental services equipment.
- Disposes of solid waste, regulated medical waste according to procedures in the SEARHC Safety and Infection Control manuals and Environmental Services Policy and Procedure manuals. This may vary by campus.
- Launders includes sorting, washing linen, towels, scrubs etc., drying, folding, storing, refill exam rooms and other designated spots.
- Helps maintain security by ensuring all doors and windows are locked, unused appliances are turned off or unplugged.
- Empty garbage, clean vents, walls and windows.
- Wash privacy curtains no less than quarterly unless soiled.
- Log Environmental Services activity in log book daily, month, quarterly. I.E washing cubical curtains, QUAT checks, washing windows.
- Assist in recycling activities according to local Environmental Services Policy and Procedure manuals. This may vary by campus.
- Provides simple nontechnical repairs such as replacing screws, nails and light bulbs. Reports building maintenance needs to supervisor in a timely manner.
- When directed by supervisor, assist with operation of the building mechanical system; does preventive maintenance tasks not requiring a licensed technician and “handyman” tasks such as moving and setting up office furniture, assist with setting up conference rooms, handling freight. When Directed by supervisor or Rural Facility Manager, assist with periodic maintenance test and checks on life safety equipment that needs to be documented to PM forms. Documents boiler status with photo or log at the beginning and end of shift. May be required to log boiler status on weekends or holidays during cold temperature months.
- May assists in vehicle ferry loading and offloading, grounds care, snow and ice removal, other light maintenance activities as needed. This may vary by campus.
- Other duties as assigned.
- High school diploma/GED, or equivalent work experience.
- 1 year healthcare or other commercial environmental services experience preferred
- 1 year or more years work experience in general repair preferred.
- Must have valid driver’s license preferred.
At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.
We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
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