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Environmental Services Associate- HUP

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Job ID: 194468
Category: Environmental/Linen Services
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Work Schedule: To be determined

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The Department of  PeriOp Surg Support at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Full-time Environmental Services Associate;


  • Responsible for the cleaning and care of the environment in Perioperative Services
  • Area of responsibility approximately 219, 553 square feet includes:
  • HUP PeriOp- 32 OR's, 3 Labor and Delivery OR's, PreOP, PACU, Ground White, Instrument Processing, Scope Processing, Staff Lounge, locker areas and Flyer-Sixers theater
  • Cath/EP – 2 Cath labs and 5 EP rooms, Cardiac Recovery Unit, Staff Lounge and locker areas
  • Perelman SurgiCentre – 8 OR's, Pre and Post Op Units, Instrument Processing, Staff Lounge and locker areas, Cardiac Cath and Cardiac biopsy suites
  • Perelman Endoscopy Center – 10 procedure rooms, Pre and Post Op Units, scope Processing and GI practice
  • Facilitates patient care by meeting specific environmental requirements. Duties include but are not limited to cleaning and disinfecting surface in the Operating room prior to the start of surgery. Maintain knowledge of Operating room positioning equipment for use during surgery (e.g. OR tables, stretchers and other prep and positioning equipment). Cycle Clean and Terminal/Final clean Operating rooms. Ultraviolet treat isolation rooms after a Terminal/Final clean. Transporting patients, patient belongings, and specimens in the perioperative environment. (PeriOp Surg Support HUP - Philadelphia, PA)


  • Maintains Environmental Sanitation
  • Dons appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Practices infection control isolation precautions according to Infection Control Isolation policy
  • Prepares cleaning solution according to written standards
  • Cleans equipment and maintains floor stock
  • Pulls all trash & soiled linen and replace bags
  • Properly disposes of infectious waste or linen
  • Picks up all mats, shakes them to loosen debris and cleans floor underneath
  • Cleans and shines sink in zone
  • Checks zone for equipment and returns to proper location
  • Dust mop, wet mop and/or auto scrub floors in zone
  • Burnish floors according to schedule or as conditions warrant
  • Stripping and waxing of floors according to schedule or as conditions warrant
  • Cleans bathrooms in zone
  • Replenishes paper products, soap and hand sanitizer in zone
  • Checks, wipes and refill hand sanitizer dispensers in zone
  • Completes high and low dusting in zone
  • Cleans and disinfects in the OR after the end of surgery
  • Cleans and disinfects all equipment and surfaces including overhead lights, walls and ceiling
  • Replaces suction canisters and tubing, trash receptacles and kick buckets
  • Cleans, disinfects and prepares beds or stretchers for patient transportation
  • Sets up and prepares OR tables in preparation for next surgical case
  • Performs cleaning of the OR to include cycle clean and terminal/final clean as needed (e.g. construction projects)
  • Performs periodic projects as assigned
  • Prepares cleaning solution according to written standards
  • Properly dispose of infectious waste and soiled linen
  • Actively monitors inventory levels of OR sinks/carts/alcoves throughout shift and provide supplies as needed
  • Clean, disinfect and ultraviolet treat rooms with contact or isolation precautions (e.g. C-diff, TB, Covid-19, CJD, etc.)
  • Reports any work-related injury according to Occupational Medicine: Employee Access and Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan
  • Performs periodic projects and cycle cleaning duties as assigned
  • Demonstrates effective body mechanics when moving or lifting; request assistance for excessive weights
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Perioperative Patient Care Duties
  • Performs hand hygiene before and after every patient contact
  • Demonstrates effective body mechanics when moving or lifting
  • Assists in positioning and lifting patients on stretchers and OR tables; utilizes assistive devices such as hovermats and transfer boards to maintain safe transfer
  • Provides cushioning materials to prevent pressure points as requested by clinical staff
  • Handles patient belongings in a careful manner on admission, transfer and discharge from and to Perioperative areas
  • Protects privacy of the patient whenever care is being administered
  • Safeguards all patient protected information according to HIPAA policies
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Transport and Related Duties
  • Identifies patient according to Patient Identification policy
  • Transports patients to and from Perioperative areas
  • Transports monitored patients under the supervision of an accompanying nurse
  • Utilizes safety devices and appropriate precautions when using beds, wheelchairs and stretchers (i.e. putting side rails up, etc.)
  • Transports patients as requested to lobby, inpatient care units, and other departments
  • Assists staff in transferring patients to and from stretchers, wheelchairs and/or OR tables as needed
  • Retrieves beds and stretchers from patient care units and returns to Perioperative areas
  • Transports patient items, equipment, specimens and supplies to and from the departments
  • Participates in case cart movement
  • Machines/Tools & Equipment
  • Environmental services equipment, trash compactors and linen chutes.
  • Floor care equipment
  • Wheel chairs, stretchers, oxygen tanks, nitrogen tanks, IV poles and related equipment, hospital beds, operation of elevators, operating room tables, OR lights, Mayo stands, positioning equipment for all services, environmental services equipment, trash compactors and linen chutes.
  • Gains and maintains knowledge of equipment and various beds needed for surgery
  • Communication and Assignment Responsibilities
  • Uses assigned telephone as appropriate (i.e. phone kept charged for optimal use, no prolonged personal use, safeguards and handles equipment with care, reports telephone problems promptly for resolution)
  • Uses the appropriate notification system when accepting and/or completing all assignments
  • Responds to assignment locations in a timely manner and comes back in service at the conclusion of an assignment without delay
  • Reports any assignment delays or problems for resolution
  • Patient/Customer Accountabilities
  • Communicates in a professional and respectful manner with patients, visitors and fellow staff
  • Reports for duty on time and in appropriate uniform maintaining professional appearance at all times
  • Supports team members by assisting with work processes other than assigned role as required and/or necessary based on daily workloads
  • Willingly assists with the orientation of new staff
  • Patient/Employee Safety Accountabilities
  • Completes all annual patient and hospital safety training
  • Reports any unsafe conditions or patient clinical concerns to immediate supervisor or an appropriate clinician
  • Utilizes Safety Net system to report events or conditions that compromise patient/employee safety or patient flow
  • Notifies nurse regarding any equipment malfunctions or alarms
  • Reports device failures and turns in equipment when appropriate for inspections and repairs
  • Demonstrates an awareness of patient/employee safety when carrying out daily responsibilities of position
  • Accepts changes in work location or duties in order to meet the operational needs of the unit


    Education or Equivalent Experience:

    • H.S. Diploma/GED (Required)
    • 1 year (minimum work experience)

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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