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Rush University Medical Center Hazardous Waste Specialist - Occupational Safety - Full Time, Days in Chicago, Illinois

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Hazardous Waste Specialist - Occupational Safety - Full Time, Days


Occupational Safety




Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)


Occupational Safety

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Job Description:

Are you interested in joining a leading health care organization?

Join Rush University Medical Center!

We are seeking a dynamic Hazard Waste Specialist to join our Occupational Safety department at Rush University Medical Center! The desired candidate will have the ability to multitask effectively.

This is a Full Time position

80 hours every two weeks, benefit-eligible

Position Highlights:

Under the direction of the Director of Occupational Safety, this position is responsible for handling medical waste for shipment, treatment, and disposal. This position will exemplify the Rush Mission, vision, and values and act in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Travel to customer facilities to collect regulated medical waste containers containing hazardous and non-hazardous waste products

  • Waste Containers. Remove and replace regulated medical waste containers from the point of accumulation

  • Safe Pick-Up. Safe pick up of all regulated medical waste and materials from client sites including

  • Bio-Hazardous Waste

  • Trace Chemotherapy Waste

  • Pathology Waste

  • Medical Waste: safely handle and package/prepare medical waste materials for transport

  • Document: record client requested changes and maintain daily reports

  • Replenish Supplies: maintain daily inventory and order supplies as needed

  • Check and service containers throughout hospital according to Daily Service Schedule

  • As a priority, ensure all containers that are indicated as 'FULL' are changed. In addition, inspect each and every container on your daily schedule to determine if changing out will be necessary to guard against containers potentially becoming full (and thus unusable) before the next regularly scheduled visit to that area.

  • Return to storage area with full internal delivery carts to place full containers into transporters and replace on cart with empty containers.

  • Report any cracked or broken containers or loose or broken brackets or accessories to manager. Make arrangements to replace and/or repair as necessary

  • Periodically inquire with floor nurses and nurse managers regarding any potential areas of focus or concerns

  • Receive shipments on assigned days

  • Communicate with manager regarding daily status and any concerns

  • Before leaving, ensure staging area is again neat and orderly. Be sure no containers are outside of approved transporters or delivery carts. Set internal delivery cart with all necessary empty containers for immediate service the following work day.

Position Qualifications Include

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Good client/customer service skills

  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks

  • Ability to work effectively with a team

  • Ability to work independently as needed to support the group effort

  • High school diploma or equivalent required

  • Self-motivated, self-directed, problem solver with excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision

  • Ability to use basic hand tools such as a drill, screw driver, hammer, tape measure and level

  • Willing and able to work weekends and holidays when necessary

  • Six months experience preferred

  • Basic knowledge of cleaning products or willing to learn

Physical Demands

  • Lift containers weighing up to 40 lbs.

  • Push/pull wheeled transporters and/or palletized product up to approximately 300 lbs

  • Occasionally travel up and down staircases

  • Walking of two (2) or more miles per day

  • Standing for extended periods of time

  • Work in and around hospital personnel, sensitive medical equipment, and patients

Company Highlights :

  • Rush's new14-story hospitalis the cornerstone of the Rush Transformation, an ongoing effort to build new facilities, renovate existing buildings and adopt new technology.

  • Rush University Medical Center is a four time Magnet facility located in Chicago, IL

  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 676 licensed beds.

  • Rush was recently ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Eleven Rush programs were recently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.