Sterilization Technician

Summary:

Full Time and Part Time positions are available supporting the Dental Department.

Reporting to the Dental Directors, the Sterilization Technician is responsible for the organization and maintenance of the sterilization soiled and cleaned rooms, performing all the sterilization procedures, maintenance and inventory of all dental instruments, equipment, and sterilization and infection control logs.

Sterilization Technician minimum job requirements include: sitting/standing for prolonged periods, frequently walking and reaching (overhead, extensive, and repetitive). Must have the ability to lift/push/pull greater than 30 pounds. May be exposed to chemicals, heat, noise, blood/body fluids, and infectious diseases.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Respect and maintain patient confidentiality in all aspects of care including use of electronic information. 
  • Treat all patients in a welcoming and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by appropriate attire, attendance, attitude, and behavior within the clinical setting.
  • Contribute to the team effort by supporting all team members and maintaining an open and positive attitude.
  • Welcome new employees and students to the team by assisting with their orientation to the team and mentoring them, as requested.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Respect and maintain patient confidentiality in all aspects of care including use of electronic information. 
  • Treat all patients in a welcoming and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by appropriate attire, attendance, attitude, and behavior within the clinical setting.
  • Contribute to the team effort by supporting all team members and maintaining an open and positive attitude.
  • Welcome new employees and students to the team by assisting with their sterilization orientation to the team and mentoring them, as requested.
  • Assist in the operation of the Dental Clinic by practicing in accordance with applicable protocols.
  • Maintain the sterilization areas in a sanitary manner.  This includes removing used instruments, refilling necessary supplies, cleaning the counters, drawers and dental equipment, following the CDC guidelines for dental offices.
  • Coordinate all the sterilization activities, maintain a sterile field, preparing and sterilizing all dental instruments and equipment, maintain and operate the autoclaves, run the biological and spore testing and keep all the sterilization logs.
  • Verifies that equipment functions properly, requisitions for equipment maintenance, repair or replacement, and removes defective equipment.
  • Maintain supplies in the sterilization areas
  • Attend all departmental and Center-wide meetings.
  • Consult and collaborate with other Health Center staff as appropriate.
  • Participate in the formulation and evaluation of applicable protocols.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities by the Dental Program and/or the Health Center or as required by a funding or regulatory agency.
  • Participate in on-site and off-site continuing education programs and in-service training, to maintain license and to meet the needs of the people.
  • Perform additional, related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Customer Service:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of customer service principles by successfully completing on-line Customer Service training.
  • Utilizes the principles of customer service when interacting with patients/clients, team members and staff from other departments.
  • Appropriately handles or seeks support when customer service breakdowns occur.

Cultural Competence:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of culture by successfully completing the on-line training on Cultural Competence.
  • Utilizes an appreciation of and respect for diversity when interacting with patients/clients, team members and staff from other departments.
  • Responds appropriately or seeks support when confronted with cultural biases or conflicts.

Emergency Situations:

  • Is aware that in order to respond promptly and appropriately to emergencies, any staff member may be assigned duties that differ from those in the job description, or may be assigned temporarily to a different location or schedule.
  • Understands that all staff should have a Personal Emergency Plan in place to best respond to his/her job responsibilities should health center emergency arise.

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited training program for sterilization technician.
  • Infection Control Certificate
  • Strong verbal communications skills.
  • History of good attendance and positive work attitude.

Special Requirements:

  • The essential duties of this position present risk of exposure to airborne infection, body fluids, and blood-borne pathogen.
  • Annual BBP Training is required. 
  • Up to date immunization and annual TB testing is required. 
  • Hepatitis B vaccine and annual flu immunization are strongly recommended.
  • All necessary vaccines are available at no charge at the health center. 
  • A Declination form must be signed if the Hepatitis B or other recommended vaccines are declined.
  • Results of inquiry to Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) must be acceptable under health center standards.

Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, LCHC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. LCHC expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of LCHC’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. 

Job Posting ID: 18-150 (PT 20 hours per week); 18-151 (FT)

Hours

Full-Time