Hospital Environment Of Care /Safety Officer 58699 (KAUAI-KV108)

Job Description

DATE POSTED: April 24 2018 **Revised and reposted 8/30/2018

JOB STATUS:  Permanent/Full Time (SR24 C-G/BU13)

SALARY:   $4,968.-$5,811./Monthly

JOB LOCATION:  Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital – Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii 

FUNCTION:   This position is located in the Facilities Services section and serves as a regional position providing services to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH), and all outlying clinics which are part of the Kauai Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawaii.  This position is regional and is required to travel between facilities on a regular basis.

This position integrates the patient safety and worker safety programs for the region. The chief goal for this position is to protect the staff, patients/residents/ and visitors. Develops, monitors, and implements the Kauai Region’s Environment of Care Safety activities and programs.

The primarily responsibilities for this position are to inspect and evaluate the environment, equipment, and processes in working areas to ensure compliance with federal, state and regulating agencies and industry standards. Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Codes and all other federal, state and local regulatory compliance programs observed by health care organizations. Maintains personal contact with state and federal government personnel and representatives of other agencies regarding safety (i.e. OSHA, Joint Commission, etc.). These contacts are maintained in order to provide and receive information, seek cooperation, and to resolve issues/problems.

This position identifies potentially hazardous biological, chemical, and radiological materials. Develops, establishes, and modifies procedures for the prompt and systematic flow of information (i.e. toxic and hazardous waste and materials; the environmental safety of the hospital; emergency management; and other safety information/requirements) between the various hospital/clinic departments. Recommends changes to protect workers and educate staff on how to prevent health problems through safety training programs. Investigates accidents to identify their causes and finds ways to prevent them in the future.  

This position also oversees the development, monitoring, and implementation of the Kauai Region’s Patient Safety Program. Transparency will be a founding principle of the program and will underscore how we communicate with patients, residents, and their families regarding unanticipated outcomes. Other core principles of the program are just or non-punitive health care environment where individuals are not automatically punished for reporting medical errors or near misses, an informed data driven culture, accurate reporting, a focus on system (not individual) failures, learning from errors and a flexible culture that can recover from crises.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements.  Please note that unless specifically indicated, the required education and experience are credited based on a 40-hour workweek.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university.

Excess work experience of the type and quality described below or progressively responsible professional work experience which provided knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to those normally acquired in four (4) years of successful study leading to a bachelor’s degree may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. To be acceptable, the experience must have been of such scope, level and quality as to assure the possession of comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The education or experience background must also include demonstrated ability to write reports, read, comprehend and interpret complex written material, speak effectively and solve complex problems logically and systematically.


General Experience: Two and one-half (2 ½) years of professional work experience which demonstrated general knowledge of public and/or private health care safety and environment of care programs; Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO) and Medicare, Medicaid standards; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Codes and all other federal, state and local regulatory compliance programs observed by health care organizations.

Special Requirement:

During a disaster and other emergency situations, must be willing and able to work for extended periods of time beyond the normal working hours and workdays. Must also be willing and able to work for extended periods of time on the island on which the disaster or emergency occurred which may not be the employee’s residence.


Knowledge of: Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of supplementary manuals and instructions, policy statements and precedent cases.  

Ability to: Exercise sound judgment in selecting appropriate guidelines, from among various pertinent published and precedent case materials; deal with a variety of people under different circumstances, including pressure situations where information must be provided rapidly and accurately; provide substantive advisory and consultative services.  



HOW TO APPLY:   Please complete our HHSC Employment Application form even if you are submitting your RESUME. 

  • Recruitment posting are continuous until needs are met
  • All job vacancies will be posted for  a minimum of ten (10) calendar days
  • We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

For additional information, call (808) 823.4116 or e-mail

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Possession of the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. Overall paid or unpaid experience must have been of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of this position. Provide a detailed description of your duties and responsibilities. If you worked on a part-time basis, indicate the average number of hours worked per week. Please note that experience will be based on a 40-hour workweek. Note: We will not postpone the recruitment process because of your failure to provide accurate and complete information concerning your qualifications.

MERIT OR CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM: You must meet the minimum qualification requirements, including education, experience, other public employment requirements for State Civil Service employment, and HHSC Standards of Fitness. Only those applicants that are scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager will be contacted. Applications will be kept active for six (6) months.

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and at the time of appointment will be required to become a Hawaii resident within a reasonable time from hire.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 and/or other substantiating documents specifying the periods of your service.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to physically and mentally perform efficiently the duties of the position. Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the advertised position are encouraged to apply. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodation should be ready to discuss the accommodation sought so that a determination can be made that such accommodation is reasonable and would not cause the employer undue hardship.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be conditioned on the results of a complete physical examination, which includes a drug screening. For certain job categories, applicants may be referred to an HHSC-designated physician, rather than the applicant’s personal physician of choice. The cost for all physical examinations, except the cost for the drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation shall bear the cost of the drug screening.

CRIMINAL/BACKGROUND, CREDENTIALING CHECKS: Applicable checks will be conducted periodically and any associated costs may be borne by the applicant. If a job offer is made or employment is begun prior to completion of all applicable checks, any offer of employment or continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory return of all required checks.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please complete and submit our HHSC Employment Application.  Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with the hiring manager. Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications. Applications received for positions with “Continuous Recruitment Until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies. Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

STEPS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW, SUBSEQUENT APPEALS: If you do not agree with a decision made by the Employment Office as to your non-qualification or non-selection for a position, you may complete a Request for Administrative Review form or you may submit a written request within twenty (20) days from the date of your sent notice to the Regional Chief Executive Officer/Designee. Your letter requesting the Administrative Review must include 1. The job title(s) and recruitment number(s), 2. the specific reason(s) you are requesting the review noting if there is a statute or rule violation, and 3. any additional information you want to submit to substantiate your request. If you do not submit your request within the twenty (20) days deadline, no Administrative Review will be conducted. Since the Administrative Review is a prerequisite to subsequent steps, failure to utilize this process will make you ineligible for subsequent appeals. The administrative review, formal complaint and/or appeals hearing will not necessarily postpone the recruitment process and/or rescind a selection. If you do not agree with the Administrative Review, you may file a Formal Complaint and then, if you are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the HHSC Merit Appeals Board.

Contact Information

The Kauai Regional Office of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is located at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, 4643 Waimea Canyon Road, Waimea, HI 96796. For employment opportunities, please click on this link. For additional information, call (808) 823.4116 or e-mail


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