Vanderbilt University Medical Center Safety Officer in Nashville, Tennessee


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Located in Nashville,Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery andpatient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to workeach day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where yourexpertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilitieschallenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learningand leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know theyare part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride intheir work and never settle for what was good enoughyesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellnessthrough preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

Department Summary

Vanderbilt Environmental Healthand Safety (VEHS) mission is to partner with the VUMC/VU community tofacilitate and promote safety, health and environmental protection. VEHSaccomplishes this task by providing expertise in the following EH&Stechnical disciplines: radiation safety; occupational safety, emergencypreparedness; industrial hygiene; fire and life safety; training; hazardousmaterials management; and biological safety.

Department Served

Vanderbilt Environmental Healthand Safety (VEHS) department provides Vanderbilt University Medical Center(VUMC) with the necessary consultation and technical resources to supportregulatory and accreditation compliance efforts in the areas of safety, andhealth. VEHS also provides consultative and safety support services toVanderbilt University (VU) on a contractual basis.

Your Role:

  • To provide healthphysics support for clinical and research activities at VUMC and VU involvingionizing radiation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Provide health physicssupport for radiation therapy patient program

  • Lead the decontaminationof radiation therapy rooms

  • Perform audits ofclinical and research areas

  • Review researchprotocols and perform hazard assessment for these protocols

  • Assist with radiationsafety databases

  • Develop standardoperating procedures for health physics activities

  • Perform effluentevaluations (sanitary sewer, NESHAPs, etc.)

  • Develop and deliverradiation safety-related training as needed

  • Assist with theradiation dosimetry monitoring program

  • Assist with X-rayinspection program

  • Assist with theradioactive waste program

  • Other duties as assigned


No direct reports. Indirect supervision of technicians, students, and consultants.



Frequent contact with all levels of administration, faculty, and staff including the presentation of information where detailed explanation is required to obtain cooperation.


Frequent contact with consultants and vendors.

Patient/Student Contact:

Frequent contact with patients and students.

Physical Requirements:

Be able to lift 50 lbs. Ability to pass respirator fit-testing requirements.

Working Environment:

Persons in this position will frequent areas where potential exposure to biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, and ionizing radiation may occur. Some work outside normal business hours will be required on occasion.

Position Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree inhealth physics, physics, chemistry, biology, or a related field and two yearsdirect experience in health physics or a Master’s degree inhealth physics, physics, chemistry, biology, or a related field.

  • Experience should be in a research university,healthcare, or similar setting.

  • Equivalent combination of experience andeducation accepted.


  • Ability to obtaincertification from the American Board of Health Physics.

Job related skills:

  • Applicant must possessexcellent written and verbal communication skills for effective report writing,training, and consulting.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed toproviding the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of ourrecent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital inTennessee, #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 50cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100Greatest Hospitals in America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in HospitalSafety Score

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10grant awardees for medical research in the US

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses arethe only group honored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee'shealthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100"Most Wired" medical systems in the US


Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 2 years experience

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

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


  • 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

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Occasional: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

Job Professional and Managerial

Organization: Radiation Safety 108034

Title: Safety Officer

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

Requisition ID: 1810832

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