Vanderbilt University Medical Center Safety Officer Sr in Nashville, Tennessee

DiscoverVanderbilt University Medical Center:

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.

Your Role:

  • This position will providedirect customer support to Vanderbilt University Medical Center hospitals andassociated clinics.

  • This position will beresponsible for direct supervision of one employee and the associated program –respirator fit testing.

  • This position will work directlywith the Assistant Director and other section staff to assist the facility inmaintaining compliance with the standards promulgated by the Joint Commission,CAP, OSHA/TOSHA, TDEC, EPA and other applicable regulatory and accreditingagencies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Direct supervision ofone staff member and that individual’s primary duties:

  • Safety Tech 3 – Respirator fittesting.

  • Assists in the development andimplementation of safety policies/procedures, safety education, and hazardsurveillance programs for Vanderbilt Medical Center and on- and off-siteassociated clinics.

  • Assists with responsibility forthe overall fire/safety plan in the hospitals and clinics. Assists withfire drills and emergency preparedness drills within the VUMC hospitalsand clinics

  • Performs hazardous materialsmonitoring (environmental and personal monitoring) and communicatesresults to applicable managers. Provides follow-up for corrective actionplans.

  • Performs Indoor Air Qualityevaluations using standard assessment tools, reporting results toapplicable managers.

  • Assists with the VUMCRespiratory Protection Program. Applicable duties include fit testing,training, data entry, as needed.

  • Participates on variousassociated committees, subcommittees and task forces by appointment; providesrecommendations and assists with corrective actions.

  • Assists with responsibility forthe overall fire/safety/emergency preparedness plans for hospital andclinic areas, with emphasis on the off-site clinics and One Hundred Oaks.

  • Works collaboratively withother VEHS staff, Facilities Management, Environmental Services and otherkey departments to assist 100 Oaks and off-site clinics in meetingfederal, state and local requirements, Joint Commission and OSHA/TOSHAstandards.

  • Conducts safety audits for thehospitals and associated clinics, including off-site clinics.Reports results of audits to the department managers with recommendationsfor correction. Documents and maintains audit records for theMedical Center Safety Committee and regulatory agencies.

  • Provides technical assistanceand support to various hospital departments in the development, review,and evaluation of departmental-level safety programs.

  • Presents departmentallyspecific safety information and training for new employees and re-trainingfor current employees as required.

  • Participates in EmergencyPreparedness and response activities to include training activities,drills and plan activations.

  • Carries the VEHS 24-hremergency pager in a rotation that includes all exempt staff for on-campusemergencies.

  • Assists clinic personnel in theproper identification, handling, storage and disposal of chemical,biological, radiological, and compressed gas hazards.

  • Participates in regulatoryinspections as needed.

  • Provides VEHS support for the constructionsafety program; participating in construction safety surveys, projectpermitting, policy development, training, and problem resolution.

  • Responds to emergencies asappropriate for training and assignment within VEHS and needs of theorganization.

  • Other duties relevant to theHospital/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.

Physical Requirements

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.

Working Environment

  • Position requires entry intoareas where biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, andionizing radiation may be used.

  • Position requires limited localtravel to Vanderbilt associated off-campus clinics.

  • Position involves minimalafter-hour and weekend work associated with completion of off-shift drillsand industrial hygiene monitoring.

Jo 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 5 yearsexperience or Masters plus 2 years experience in environmental engineering, public health, occupational health and safety or other appropriate science-related field of study (i.e. chemistry) is required. Experience in healthcare-related safety preferred. Equivalent combination of experience and education accepted. The ideal candidate will possess general safety expertise and excellent communication skills.


Not required but safety/Industrial Hygiene related certification preferred. But, must be willing to work towards and obtain certification.

VUMC RecentAccomplishments

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 at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties rankedamong 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


Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years experience, or Master's plus 2 years experience.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

Environmental Conditions

Job Professional and Managerial

Organization: Hospital/Clinical Safety 108032

Title: Safety Officer Sr

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Requisition ID: 1810268

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.