Job Description

Job Title: Manager, Life Safety & Env of Care
Job ID: 672638
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Jameson
Department: Engineering-N
Location: 1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle PA 16105


Are you a dedicated professional interested in building a rewarding career? This is a great position for talented candidates who are enthusiastic about using their skills to make a difference in the world of health care.


Function as the environmental health and safety compliance officer for Jameson and Horizon Hospitals, associated ambulatory centers, and physician office locations. Also serves as the Safety Officer for UPMC Jameson and Horizon facilities. As such, the incumbent is delegated the authority to intervene in any situation which poses an immediate threat to the safety or health of persons or threat of damage to the facilities. Develops safety policy, organizational implementation, procedural guidelines and program quality assurances. Responsible for routine recognition, evaluation and control of safety and health hazards in the work place and environment of care. Assures compliance with all government, accreditation and insurance requirements related to safety. Responsible for Process Improvement and related safety functions.

  • Arranges for and participates in safety inspections by all authorities having jurisdiction including but not limited to: the City of New Castle's Fire Bureau, Farrell & Greenville Fire Department. Responsible for compliance with Joint Commission's Environment of Care Standards. Oversees the on-going collection of information about the Environment of Care to identify problems and opportunities for improvement. Assists in the completion of Joint Commission's Statement of Condition. Participate in Joint Commission Life Safety tours. Responsible for the Hospital's and all offsite locations compliance with OSHA regulations. Monitors compliance with numerous OSHA programs.
  • Assumes responsibility for all required documentation and policies related to life safety and Environment of Care. Keeps abreast of new regulations and proposed changes related to the healthcare field and proactively prepares to meet any new standards. Involved in inspections and preplanning for regulatory agencies.
  • Coordinates the distribution of emergency alerts, messages, surveys, and any necessary responses. Works with non-clinical areas to develop contingency plans. Performs risk analysis to identify points of vulnerability and ensures the appropriate use of mitigation efforts. Coordinates and documents emergency management drills using HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program) Trains all staff members as required in the principles of business continuity and emergency management practices.
  • Ensure compliance with the safety standards of all other applicable regulatory agencies. Assists in the insurance carrier's review of Safety policies and procedures. Oversees the Emergency Preparedness plans for Jameson and Horizon facilities. Acts as the liaison with governmental, healthcare, and law enforcement agencies i.e. city, county, Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Planning.
  • Oversees the safety programs at the satellite facilities including periodic fire and disaster drills. Assists new department and satellite facilities in developing safety programs. Assists Infection Control with the development of ICRA plans for proposed construction activities. Monitoring contractor compliance with established IRCA plans. Assists facilities with monitoring contractor compliance with the burn and ceiling permit process. Evaluate construction plans for compliance with fire alarm and suppression requirements to maintain existing levels of compliance.
  • Performs environmental safety tours of all areas as required. Identify potential safety problems, suggest corrective action, and monitor compliance. Summarizes results of inspections and resolutions and periodically present to the Safety Committee Conducts an annual review and evaluation of the Safety Management Plans. Presents periodic reports to the Hospital's Patient Safety Committee. Responsible for safety training programs for Hospital and ancillary employees. Oversees the fire safety program to include monthly fire drills, modification of the fire-safety program to address areas of weaknesses, annual fire extinguisher program and special annual training programs on confined spaces, powered industrial trucks, and hazardous materials including use of SDSs, respiratory fit testing, and lockout/tag out.
  • Performs process improvement planning data gathering and analysis activities to ensure optimum safety and operational effectiveness. Responsible for routine recognition, evaluation and control of safety and health hazards in the workplace.
  • Responsible for ILSM evaluation and documentation of compliance for all conditions that pose a risk to the safety of our employees, patients, and visitors. Purchases personal protective equipment and other safety equipment as necessary. Coordinates and supervises other safety programs as assigned; serve as technical consultant to administration, clinicians, staff and researchers regarding environmental safety management issues. Supervises the investigation of incidents and exposures.
  • Responsible for the effective operation of the fire alarm and fire suppression systems. . Schedules testing for dedicated fire suppression systems and evaluate their reliability. Responsible for the Hazard Communication Program through chemical inventory updates, SDS acquisition, and contractor interfacing. Oversees the disposal of all chemical hazards. Responsible for compliance with the NFPA Life Safety Code. Facilitates and participates in review by the Department of Health Division of Safety Inspection.
  • Responsible to oversee the Safety Management Program for the Hospital and designated locations. Maintain administrative responsibility for and supervise all activities related to Environmental Health and Safety programs at all Jameson and Horizon locations. Manage the development, implementation, and supervision of safety policies and programs at all Jameson and Horizon locations and assist with the on-going training of staff.


  • Graduate of a four-year accredited college program in environmental sciences or a related field. 
  • Six years of experience working with regulatory agencies in the healthcare field, related process improvement activities, or eight years experience working with regulatory agencies outside of healthcare. 
  • An additional four years of related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. 
  • Familiarity with codes and regulations related to healthcare and healthcare facilities including OSHA, TJC, NFPA and PA state regulations.
  • Requires excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills 
  • This position typically reports to Vice President, Operations

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Healthcare Environmental Manager certificate, ECRI preferred

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $24.29 to $40.38

Union Position: No

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