Care Performance Specialist,Biological Safety

North Carolina, United Sates
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Occupational Summary

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) provides the focus for the administration of all safety programs to Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and Duke University Health System. OESO has the responsibility for developing institutional safety plans and policies; providing information and training to meet all regulatory requirements; providing technical consultation and guidance; conducting exposure and risk assessments; conducting safety audits; monitoring compliance with all safety policies; and investigating accidents, injuries, and reported unsafe conditions.
Specific to the Biological Safety Division:

The Biological Safety Division addresses employee safety, training, policies, and other concerns regarding occupational exposure to biological agents such as blood borne pathogens (HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, etc.), and tuberculosis (TB). This is accomplished through the development and implementation of policies and procedures that are intended to provide guidance for worker safety when handling biological agents. These policies are based on the applicable regulatory requirements or current safety guidelines.
Primary Purpose of Position:

This position serves as the resource for any Joint Commission (JC) Environment of Care (EOC) issues that may be encountered by the Duke Medicine System. This includes surveillance, reports of the results of the surveys, data collection, assurance of compliance, training as needed, development of site-specific safety plans, and review of employee exposures reported to Employee Occupational Health and Wellness for corrective actions.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • EOC Performance Specialist will insure that both ambulatory care clinics and hospital areas are surveyed/audited twice a year, as required by The Joint Commission (JC). This will include both conducting surveys and overseeing additional EOC surveyors to assure all areas are reviewed. Responsibility includes interpreting the JC's standards as they relate to Duke.
  • The EOC Performance Specialist will evaluate the results of the surveys and provide the details and expectations for both hospital areas and/or clinics that are non-compliant with the JC requirements. This may result in an escalated enforcement scheme involving reports to upper administration for assurance of compliance.
  • Conduct mandated EOC audits in the hospital units and departments (Duke University, Duke Regional, and Duke Raleigh hospitals) as well as in the ambulatory clinics (PDC and DPC) at least twice a year. There are six functional areas designated by the JC: Safety, Security, Hazardous Materials and Waste, Fire Safety, Medical Equipment, and Utilities.
  • Provide written reports of the audits to supervisors/managers in these areas.
  • Ensure that all hospital units/departments and ambulatory clinics are surveyed for EOC issues by overseeing other safety and health specialists needed to conduct and complete surveys.
  • Evaluate the results of the surveys and provide the details and expectations for both hospital areas and/or clinics that are non- compliant with the JC requirements. This may result in an escalated enforcement scheme involving reports to upper administration for assurance of compliance. Any training needs are identified that will bring the area into compliance. Training for management may be provided/recommended.
  • Provide quarterly reports of EOC compliance to the Duke University Safety Committee and other committees of the PDC and DPC.
  • Serve as the resource for EOC issues or other safety issues for off-site clinics.
  • Develop and update the EOC audit tools for both the clinics and hospital units and departments.
  • Develop site specific safety plans for off-site facilities.
  • Review ambulatory clinic construction plans and meet with planning committees regarding safety and regulatory standards. Conduct pre- opening assessments of all new space.
  • Review employee injury/exposures reported to Employee Occupational Health and Wellness for follow and corrective actions. Review and utilize employee injury/exposure data and trends in targeted trainings as needed.

Other Position Characteristics:

  • Failure to manage safety programs properly as required by local, state, or federal regulations could result in significant monetary fines to the institution. In addition, personal civil or criminal liability for gross errors is possible.
  • Provides consultative services to OESO division managers and to off-site Health System organizations, such as Durham Regional Hospital, Raleigh Community Hospital, and Triangle Hospice.
  • Guides, Regulations, Policies and References used by Employee:  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (state and federal), Nuclear Regulatory Commission, State government regulations regarding the use of Radioactive Materials, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • This position works directly with Nurse Managers, nurses, clinicians, hospital staff, Duke Police, shop personnel, business managers, and a variety of other Duke employees.
  • In exercising these functions, the person must be able to travel throughout the Medical Center and/or drive to off-site clinics.
  • Environments range from usual office conditions to clinical environments where protective clothing and equipment may be required.
  • Machine, Tools, Instruments, Equipment and Materials Used:  Respirators and other protective clothing, monitoring equipment, computers.
  • Visual Attention, Mental Concentration and Manipulative Skills.  Must be able to perform duties with attention to details such as signage, locations of off-site clinics and applicable requirements for each entity (PDC, DPC, etc.) at these off-site clinics.
  • The work of this position is highly diverse and dynamic. There are frequent interruptions of routine work with emergent issues such as unannounced visits by the JC, visits by governmental regulators, and other unanticipated events.

 Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills, including one-on-one and leading/participation in meetings, presentations, and training sessions.
  • Must have excellent written communication skills with the ability to develop policies and procedures, reports, and general correspondence.
  • Must have an excellent knowledge of the JC Standards/Requirements, and participate in JC surveys.
  • Must be able to coordinate action plans and meetings to mitigate hazards and monitor corrective actions.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with healthcare workers to improve the safety environment as defined by the Joint Commission Standards, as well as any relevant federal, state, or local regulations or guidelines.


Bachelors in a Health Care or Public Health discipline.   

Five years of experience in a clinical healthcare setting.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Healthcare certification(s) considered a plus.

Requisition Number: 401513460 
Location: Durham 
 Job Family Level: G1
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Full Time / Part Time: FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary: Regular
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Bachelors in a Health Care or Public Health discipline and 5+ years'experience in a clinical healthcare setting.


Five years of experience in a clinical healthcare setting.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Healthcare certification(s) considered a plus.

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