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Industrial Hygiene Specialist

Job Code

30000910

Basic Function

This is an experienced level position that requires a lot of physical activity, such as walking, lifting, and bending.  The employee performs a full range of professional industrial hygiene assignments in a full-functioning capacity, with minimal supervision, in recognizing and understanding, in the work environment, the occurrence (real or potential) of chemical, physical, and biological agents, and other stresses, including their interactions that may affect the health and well-being of workers, patients, visitors and the environment.

Scope

The work is in all Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare facilities in Dhahran and the districts; however, work may occasionally be extended to Medical Designated Facilities (MDFs) and governmental organizations.  The IH Specialist will work under the Senior IH and/or the IH Team Leader to facilitate in conducting various surveys and activities.   Work hours are assigned to meet operational needs of the assigned areas.  However, some work activities must be performed over weekends and after normal working hours, so overtime may be required. Direction is through the senior IH staff and the Unit supervisor.

Principal Contacts

Daily with medical ward supervisors and staff, and facility personnel. Occasional public and community contact when assisting the IH team with work at MDFs and governmental organizations.

Principal Duties

  •  Developing, implementing and maintaining the Occupational Health Hazard Assessment (OHHA) program.
  • Performing comprehensive/baseline industrial hygiene surveys to identify, evaluate, and control workplace health hazards that may adversely affect workers’ health periodically and as needed in all identified hazardous locations per the OHHA program.
  • Testing and certifying ventilation engineering controls such as biological safety cabinets (BSCs) and fume hoods located in hazardous locations such as laboratories, and laminar flow clean benches located in sensitive areas such as pharmacy admixture rooms.
  • Evaluating HVAC systems that service critical areas such as Central Supply Services (CSS) decontamination rooms and airborne infection isolation (A.I.I.) rooms.  This includes, but is not limited to, determining air changes per hour, air pressure status, and filtration efficiency, especially those systems equipped with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems.
  • Performing design reviews from an industrial hygiene standpoint for projects associated with building construction and renovations, and engineering controls, especially ventilation systems/equipment necessary to control chemicals, bioaerosols and other airborne contaminants.
  • Evaluating workers’ exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde gas, xylene, nitrous oxide, and methyl methacrylate.  This may include air sampling to ensure that workers are not overexposed.
  • Coordinating all aspects of the Medical Services Hazardous Materials/Waste Inventories conducted in January of each year, and respond to inquiries concerning inventories.
  • Ensuring that HVAC systems and other ventilation engineering controls are monitored by the Building Management System to alert personnel to any deficient conditions so that appropriate action can be taken immediately.
  • Monitoring, in coordination with Infection Control and Medical Facilities Management Unit, construction activities for compliance with infection control measures (ICM) as outlined in the Infection Control Measures at Remodeling, Renovation, Demolition and Construction Sites manual.
  • Reporting all evaluations regarding employee over exposures to hazardous materials/waste to the head of the Occupational Health Unit.
  • Providing technical advice and expertise to JHAH personnel on matters pertaining to hazardous materials and waste, ventilation requirements, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, etc.
  • Ensuring that VOC and lead-containing paints are not used inside JHAH facilities, except in specified areas such as mechanical equipment rooms.  In such cases where these paints must be used they will be evaluated and paint application safety procedures will be provided to the proponent.

 

Principal Duties (cont'd)

  • Upon request, investigate indoor air quality complaints and provide the proponent with results including findings and recommendations for corrective measures.
  • Ensuring all components of the Hazard Communication Program are being met.
  • Ensuring that units at risk for liquid or powder spills of hazardous materials/waste or units that have a significant amount of hazardous materials/waste in the liquid or powder form have the appropriate spill kits and ensure that staff are adequately trained to use them in case of an emergency.
  • Investigating all occurrences regarding overexposure to hazardous materials/waste.
  • Reviewing proponents’ internal policies and procedures that include the use, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials/waste and provide input as required.
  • Providing technical assistance to units that handle hazardous materials/waste to develop, implement, and monitor programs to effectively manage hazardous materials/waste.
  • Ensuring that hazardous waste such as medical infectious, cytotoxic, and chemical waste is disposed of in accordance with applicable laws to protect the health and safety of workers, patients, visitors, and the environment.
  • Ensuring that units that use, handle and store hazardous materials/waste are compliant with the Haz Com program.
  • Participating in and providing technical expertise to various committees related to hazardous materials and waste and chair the hazardous materials & waste subcommittee.
  • Monitoring and assessing eyewash stations and shower facilities during the Environment of Care inspection rounds and when performing industrial hygiene surveys.
  • Properly fit testing and training all respirator users, including N95 respirator users, on the use, wear and care of the respiratory device they are to wear, in accordance with the Respiratory Protection policy.
  • Monitoring and assessing mold contamination, including performing media sampling if needed, and investigating for potential causes and making recommendations for remediation and appropriate action.

 

Education

  • Bachelor Degree in Industrial Hygiene or similar field, such as Environmental and Occupational Safety or Occupational Hygiene, from an accredited institute.
  • Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene or similar field is preferred

 

Experience

  • Minimum 15 years of directly related experience, preferably in a healthcare setting is required for incumbent with a Bachelor Degree;
  • Minimum 10 years of directly related experience, preferably in a healthcare setting is required for incumbent with a Master Degree.

Certifications/Other requirements as applicable

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Ability to speak and write reports in English using both scientifically correct terminology and terms   understandable to any level of listener or reader.
  • Desirable to speak and write Arabic.
  • If male, must possess a valid driving license.

 

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