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Across UPMC, our guiding principle is to always prioritize the safety of our employees, patients, and members. UPMC believes that vaccination is important, helps protect all, and advocates that everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated.

UPMC complies with all governmental requirements related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 vaccination for employment. The Jan. 13 Supreme Court of the United States decision that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will move forward requires UPMC to ensure employees either get vaccinated or receive a requested medical or religious exemption.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we urge you to get a vaccine now. You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination through UPMC or visit a non-UPMC provider or UPMC Urgent Care location.

Proof of vaccination is not required upon hire; however, employees will be responsible for ensuring post-hire compliance by getting vaccinated or requesting a medical or religious exemption.

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Safety Specialist


This role will work at both UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC McKeesport campuses, as well as travel to other hospitals in Allegheny county.

Provide Environmental Health & Safety services to designated areas.


  • Coordinate pickup with the facility's selected removal vendor. Identify any waste handling problems and generate recommendations on remediation.
  • Conduct employee training sessions for users, generators, and handles as needed.
  • Coordinate wastewater sampling and manage wastewater discharge and monitoring reports.
  • Maintain understanding and knowledge base to assist in the development of required programs, policies and procedures, reports, and preparation for regulatory agency reviews, including employee training.
  • Evaluate complaints through interaction with affected staff and others.
  • Complete IAQ sampling and interpret results.
  • Analyze potential causative factors and develop testing methods to evaluate.
  • Develop written reports on results and recommendations for corrective measures.
  • Coordinate approved corrective measures with hospital personnel as necessary.
  • Evaluate regulatory and other requirements for IH sampling.
  • Identify locations/departments within facilities requiring initial, follow-up, routine and ad-hoc monitoring.
  • Select appropriate sampling methodology and design studies for efficacious sampling.
  • Coordinate sample collection with involved departments/individuals.
  • Collect samples.
  • Coordinate sample analysis.
  • Conduct initial evaluation of sampling results.
  • Develop written reports on all sampling.
  • Assist in procurement of MSDS for all inventoried materials.
  • Designate hazardous waste collection, aggregation and storage procedures in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • Coordinate waste removal with generator departments.
  • Maintain required manifests. Maintain a computerized hazardous waste tracking system.
  • Respond to emergency situations as needed on a routine and on-call basis. (Fire response, Hazardous Material spill - management and coordination of response, Flood. Internal/External disasters, Workplace injuries).
  • Complete safety inspections of facilities in accord with all applicable regulations.
  • Conduct initial orientation and ongoing education for employees and fire response team members.
  • Evaluate, update and re-draft fire response plans.
  • Conduct required safety drills.
  • Maintain basic familiarity with NFPA Life Safety Code and the BOCA code.
  • Coordinate completion of fire pump tests.
  • Assist Environmental Support Services department as needed in the completion of fire suppression, detection, and annunciation system testing.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 2 years of Environmental Health and Safety related required.
  • Prior experience in environmental health and safety in a healthcare environment is preferred.
  • Ability to operate with minimal supervision and at all times directs the work of others.
  • Interact effectively and professionally with all levels of the organization.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) preferred.

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UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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