||HBO Safety Director
***LPNs and LVNs are strongly encouraged to apply***
Summary: Performs duties under supervision of the Medical Director, Program Director, and/or Clinical Coordinator as appropriate for the program. Is responsible for the safe and effective operation of the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related support systems. Is
responsible for the day-to-day maintenance on the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related support systems.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Duties and responsibilities as described in the Chamber Technologist description.
• Must be in charge of all hyperbaric equipment.
• Should assume responsibility for the safe and effective operation and maintenance of the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related systems and ancillary components.
• Must work closely with facility management personnel and department medical personnel.
• Must make the necessary recommendations for departmental safety policies and incorporate new safety procedures as appropriate.
• Should serve on the hospital’s safety committee or environment of care committee.
• Must have the authority to restrict or remove any potentially hazardous supply or equipment items from the chamber.
• Should provide leadership and safety training to other hyperbaric facility personnel.
• Must be responsible for maintaining all facility safety-related standards as required by various licensing and regulatory agencies.
• Should support clinical hyperbaric facility accreditation.
• Ensures department compliance with NFPA 99, chapter 20, Hyperbaric Facilities and with unit safety policies and procedures.
• Reviews all department safety incidents, collects information regarding equipment/patient safety, reports relevant incidents to the staff, and periodically provides in-service training related to hyperbarics.
• Fosters a positive relationship between the department and local Fire Marshall, EMS Director, and Pressure Vessel Inspector, as appropriate for a given location.
• Works closely with the Medical, Program, and Nursing Directors to develop and annually review/revise department policies and procedures and operation and maintenance documents.
• Works closely with Program Director and DCS Safety Committee to coordinate and approve all hyperbaric chamber upgrades, modifications, and repairs to the hyperbaric system, including interactions with hospital maintenance personnel and outside contractors,
to ensure that all maintenance activities are done in accordance with appropriate safety standards. Ensures that the testing of all modifications is performed before manned pressurization.
• Evaluates hyperbaric chamber equipment/supplies used in the chamber and ensures that they meet all safety requirements before they are permitted inside the chamber.
• Maintains a safe environment in the hyperbaric facility for patients and staff and uses approved and recognized decompression procedures for all persons with a hyperbaric exposure to inert gases.
• Informs personnel of any special work conditions such as infection control, hazard control, and confined spaces.
• Conducts quarterly hyperbaric chamber fire safety drills which are tailored to improve staff response to emergency situations.
• Sets up a procedure to assist the Medical Director in reviewing and documenting safety-related events and discusses appropriate event with other to facilitate learning.
• Customer Service
• Attention to Detail
• Ability to follow through
• Multi-tasking needed
• Safety and Security
• Technical/functional Proficiency
• Technical/functional Knowledge
• Problem solving ability
• Sound judgment
• Good oral skills
• Ability to relax patients
• Good written communication skills
• High energy
• Interpersonal skills
• Current certification as CHT or DMT (interim status may be appointed until CHT or DMT certification is attained)
• Attend an approved HBO Safety course post hire
• Be certified as a CHT or DMT within 1-year of hire
• Attend an approved Hyperbaric Safety Director course post hire
• Must have completed a National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology approved hyperbaric medicine introductory course post hire
• Complete competency skills checklist
• Maintains and demonstrates competency in BLS (Basic Life Support), infections control, safety and all unit required skill review.
The incumbent in the position may or may not supervise other employees; this is determined by the needs of the program.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or Certificate equivalent. Be certified and/or licensed in one of the following vocations:
• Respiratory Therapist
• Diver Medic
• Corpsman (Military)
• Medical Services Specialist
• Registered Nurse, LPN, or LVN
• Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
• Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
• Current Diving Medical Technician (DMT) or Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT)
• Physician Assistant
• Physical Therapist
• Physical Therapy Assistant
• Athletic Trainer
• Nurse Practitioner
• Life Support Technician
• Physiologist (Exercise or Aerospace)
• Researcher (Medical)
4. Language Ability:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
5. Math Ability:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
6. Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
7. Computer Skills:
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook and Word; able to navigate through internet and intranet. Ability to learn internal clinical outcome database, upload photographs from camera.
8. Work Environment:
The incumbent in this position is not required to work under any extreme condition, but may be required to work around caustic chemicals 1% of the time, and outdoor weather conditions 1% of the time; also must be able to work around a moderate noise level,
such as an office environment.
9. Physical Demands:
The incumbent in this position typically has to stand approximately 5% of the time, walk 15% of the time, sit 80% of the time. In addition, the person is using touch or feel 95% of the time, reaches 60% of the time, and stoops, kneels, or crouches 5% of the
time. This person may talk or hear 100% of the time.
The Hyperbaric Safety Director provides a high quality and safe standard for patient care. Communicate with physicians and staff. This position is ultimately responsible for courteous, efficient customer care and safe operations of the Hyperbaric Chambers and
supporting equipment. Reports to the Program Director and works under the Clinical Coordinator and Medical Director.