QA/Safety Coordinator Dept.: Laboratory
Reports To: Manager POCT/Educ./Regulatory Compliance
EL CAMINO HOSPITAL MISSION
To be an innovative, publicly accountable and locally controlled comprehensive healthcare organization which cares for the sick, relieves suffering, and provides quality, cost competitive services to improve the health and well being of our community.
The QA/Safety Coordinator is responsible for developing and maintaining the Laboratory’s QA and Safety programs. The QA/Safety Coordinator will maintain a safe environment of care through oversight of laboratory safety standards, maintenance of a chemical hygiene plan and management of all pertinent MSDSs. The QA/Safety Coordinator will also support the development and maintenance of all Laboratory processes, policies and procedures and participate in process improvement projects, in maintaining laboratory accreditation, and in providing expertise in other areas or tasks that are consistent with the QA/Safety Coordinator’s scope of practice. The QA/Safety Coordinator will investigate unanticipated incidents that deviate from regular Laboratory or Laboratory-associated operations via the occurrence reporting system. The QA/Safety Coordinator is a member of the Central Safety Committee and the Hazardous Materials Management Work Group. The QA/Safety Coordinator serves as the primary conduit for safety related communication between the Laboratory and accreditation and regulatory agencies. The QA/Safety Coordinator will also provide daily assistance and support for Point-of-Care tasks as needed. The QA/Safety Coordinator can perform as a CLS, if necessary and train CLS student interns and all Laboratory employees on the Laboratory QA and Safety programs. The Coordinator will be the Hospital’s Chemical Hygiene Officer.
Education and Experience:
- Baccalaureate degree in clinical laboratory science, or equivalent
- Valid California Clinical Laboratory Scientist license
- MT(ASCP) certification, or equivalent, recommended
- Prior experience in Lab QA and Safety required
- Minimum of 4-5 years of combined experience as a CLS in an acute care setting with clinical laboratory safety and quality assurance. Lead or supervisory experience a plus
- Experience designing and implementing a laboratory safety program addressing: hazardous waste management, chemical hygiene, biohazards, and injury prevention
- Knowledge of CLIA, CAP, JCAHO, AABB, and local, state, and federal regulations regarding safety (i.e., OSHA, Cal OSHA)
- Experience developing, writing, and administering processes, policies, and procedures including training laboratory staff
- Placement as CLS 1 or CLS 2 according to ECH CLS Career Ladder definitions
- Must be available to work a flexible schedule, when necessary.
AGES OF PATIENTS SERVED
This position does not generally require contact with patients, but may communicate with patients of all age categories.
This is a general description of the nature and level of work performed by people in this classification. It may not include every responsibility, duty and skill required of persons who successfully do this job.