• Environmental Health &Safety Specialist

    Job Number
    BH Corporate Office
    Environmental Complnc & Safety
    Address : Location
    Work Schedule
    Position Type
    FT: Full-Time
    Posting Category
    Legal / Regulatory
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    Good health care is key to a good life. At Banner Health, we understand that, and that’s why we work hard every day to make a difference in people’s lives. We’ve united under a common goal: Make health care easier, so life can be better. It’s a lofty goal, but it’s one we’re committed to seeing through. Do you like the idea of making a positive change in people’s lives – and your own? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Apply now.



    Banner’s EHS department is a newly remade department that has expanded it’s practice beyond the traditional  “Environment of Care” model and into a more mainstream EHS operation.  The sub-departments within our EHS scope of responsibility includes Environmental Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, Employee Injury Prevention, Radiation Safety and Operational Safety. 


    Our EHS Specialist are involved in many types of audits both within the inpatient hospital setting as well as the outpatient ambulatory arena. Monitoring, investigating and assisting with employee injury mitigation is very common as are other types of safety investigation.  As a professional team we are constantly working to educate and improve our knowledge and expertise in the many varying areas of compliance and safety. It is a very dynamic environment! This position will support our West Valley hospitals. 



    Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life.


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    Job Summary

    This position assumes 24-hour responsibility for planning, directing and monitoring of a comprehensive environmental, health and safety program at multiple inpatient, outpatient and support facility locations. This position also evaluates, identifies, plans, coordinates, and leads system-wide and entity based employee/patient safety activities. This position actively communicates and works closely with identified internal/ external customers, regulatory inspectors and emergency event teams.


    Essential Functions

    • Facilitates compliance with local, state, federal regulatory and accrediting agencies (ADHS,OSHA, TJC, EPA, etc.) regarding environmental, patient and employee safety issues. Conducts regulatory compliance surveillance and tracks mitigation within inpatient, outpatient and support facilities. Is a regulatory compliance liaison during inspections and investigations. Remains current with regulations.


    • Conducts routine and ad hoc EH&S surveillance both in general and focused studies. Determines risk for exposure of harm/potential harm in response to identified opportunities. Assists in the determination of the level of containment/control required for: immediate harm, risk for harm in current process and future potential for harm. Analyzes findings and trends, formulates mitigation recommendations for administrative and clinical decision making. Conducts post mitigation audits insuring consistent and sustainable risk and loss reduction.


    • Performs operational administration of employee injury loss control and facility insurance incentive programs. Includes employee injury investigation, injury event analysis with recommendations,communication to stakeholders, reporting of trends, and compliance to loss control targets.


    • Assesses/investigates EH&S related events. Facilitates root cause analysis, reactive and proactive risk assessments, variation reduction and identifies improvements related to safety and prevention of harm through the use of process improvement methodologies and tools. Reports events to regulatory agencies as required.


    • Conducts investigation, surveillance and the coordination of resources for industrial hygiene concerns, hazardous materials and waste management, hazardous or potentially hazardous spill management, environmental permit management, construction/renovation/maintenance safety risk, and other material/event related risks. Maintains training and certifications appropriate to these events and participation in ICS activation.


    • Participants in the development and implementation of standardized EH&S practices at system and facility levels. Assists with development and implementation of the Patient Safety Plan, Environmental Safety Management Plan, Hazardous Materials Management Plan and employee safety activities.


    • Develops standards to measure performance and improvements in accordance with the regulatory agencies and Banner targets. Presents data, deficiencies identified during surveillance/monitoring, and the status of implementation/mitigations to key stakeholders, leadership and identified committees. Maintains an ongoing monitor or organizational risk within the areas of responsibility.


    • Serves as a safety officer and subject matter expert on internal and external EH&S matters. Collaborates with system and facility teams: care management teams, clinical discipline teams, facility leadership, risk management, and other groups as appropriate. Develops and coordinates training and education of employees, physicians, students, and third party personnel on EH&S issues. Participates in research, internships, preceptorship, and other associated activities. Promotes in all activities a culture of EH&S.



    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelors degree or equivalent in a healthcare related field or industrial safety field, or equivalent experience in EH&S.

    Requires a proficiency level typically attained with 3 years experience in healthcare and/or EH&S.Certification and/or experience with hazardous materials/waste management and knowledge and experience with employee occupational health programs.Participated in a minimum of 2 Joint Commission surveys or equivalent regulatory inspections. Knowledge of regulatory/accreditation criteria and the ability to research/interpret governmental code requirements. Requires ability to perform complex statistical analysis and highly developed problem solving skills. Requires the ability to manage programs and projects. Requires demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and written communication skills.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) or other EH&S certifications is preferred; Experience with government environmental compliance programs, safe patient handling programs and management of the environment of care. Possesses experience with process improvement concepts and tools, group facilitation, data management, and analysis including graphic development and presentations is highly desirable. Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

    Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

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