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Safety and Ergonomics Specialist

Location: Hyattsville, MD Additional Locations:
Job Number: 834355 Date posted: 10/25/2019

Under the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, manages Ergonomics Program for the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Mid-Atlantic States (MAS) region; Working in Environmental, Health & Safety and partnering with Regional Operations, National Environmental Health and Safety, National Facilities, and Human Resources. This position is responsible for providing both technical and administrative support to the assigned departments for the region and implementing and maintaining the ergonomic standards.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement ergonomic programs to identify and reduce risk of work related musculoskeletal disorders in support of Kaiser Permanente's Regional Ergonomic Standard.

  • Lead the development and implementation of a Safe Patient Handling for KP MAS working closely with workplace safety partners, Patient Safety Department, Regional Patient Care Department, Directors of Facility Operations and other key stakeholders.

  • Conduct ergonomic assessments and generate evaluation reports.

  • Assist in identifying the nature and location of workplace ergonomic hazards, implement strategies to reduce or eliminate such problems and follow up to evaluate effectiveness of changes.

  • Apply ergonomic/body mechanic expertise to reduce repetitive motion injury including work station redesign, adjustable fixtures and tool redesign by determination and application of technically and economically feasible means of abatement.

  • Work with construction staff to design and implement ergonomic recommendations. Work closely with Facilities to ensure that national standards are utilized in the constructions and redesign of buildings and work spaces.

  • Develop and provide training for all employees regarding safety training including body mechanics education, the approved use of and procedures for tools and equipment as well as general training on risk factors contributing to ergonomic hazards.

  • Provide tracking/trending information and recommendations to mitigate workplace injuries and illnesses and maintains associated database.

  • Develop programs to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum four (4) years of work experience performing, ergonomic assessments of basic and complex work sites, job analysis, detailed report writing, training, and tracking.

  • Minimum one (1) years of work experience conducting patient handling body mechanics and patient handling equipment education.

  • Education

  • Bachelor's degree in physical therapy, occupational therapy or related field required.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • Certified Professional Ergonomics (CPE) certification within eighteen months from hire.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and consultation skills to physicians, supervisors, and employees regarding safety matters to reduce the risk of human injury, potential liability and loss of Company assets pertaining to ergonomic/body mechanics workplace safety.

  • Ability to work various hours as needed to accommodate various work shifts of Kaiser.

  • Ability to select appropriate ergonomic devices and products related to work environment.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work with private information in a confidential manner.

  • Must be able to work in a labor/management partnership.

  • Working knowledge of OSHA, EEOC, ADA, and FMLA.

  • Proven ability to determine key business issues and develop effective action plans from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative analyses.

  • Written and oral skills commensurate with communicating to senior leadership.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience implementing lean principles and process improvement preferred.

  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Clinical licensure (Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Nursing, etc), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
  • Primary Location: Maryland,Hyattsville,New Carrollton Administration 4000 Garden City Dr. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Facilities Services Department: Regional Ergonomist - Workplace Safety Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

    About Facilities Services & Materials Management Careers

    Facilities Services & Materials Management Careers

    Handling the administration of all activities concerned with the ordering, storage, and movement of materials — as well as assessing, maintaining, and improving the upkeep and appearance of our facilities — as a member of this team you'll help everything look and run its best inside and outside our 600+ locations. Working in building management, maintenance, sourcing, purchasing, environmental services, and more, you'll play a vital role in ensuring the success of our organization.

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