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  • Occupational Health Nurse

    Posted: 05/12/2019

    Basic Function
    Provide nursing services and first-aid to any person who becomes injured or ill on the premises.  Manage leaves of absence, disability and workers’ compensation claims, and employee health/wellness program.  Participate in safety and emergency programs, and KPI’s Safety Committee and Emergency Medical Response Team.
     
    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
     

    1. Participate in planning and executing Company’s safety, health, and wellness programs designed to improve efficiency, and reduce medically-related absenteeism, work-related accident rates, and insurance costs.Participate in the KPI Safety Steering Committee and facility STOP/safety observations and inspections.
       
    2. Provide assessment, treatment, follow-up, referrals, and emergency care for both occupational and non-occupational injuries, illnesses, and health issues.
       
    3. Administer first-aid or medical treatment per training and physician-approved protocols.If appropriate, accompany injured or ill person to a medical facility.Dispense medications per protocol.
       
    4. Direct employee case management issues in regards to return to work, short-term and long-term disability, Workers’ Compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act maintaining compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws affecting the workplace.This includes administering a Return-To-Work Program.
       
    5. Review pre-employment physicals/drug screen results to make sure new hires can meet the physical requirements of the positions.
       
    6. Maintain confidentiality. Maintain medical records in a secure manner.
       
    7. Complete reports and other forms required by workers’ compensation insurance carrier and State and Federal Agencies. Serve as primary liaison with the insurance carrier, managed care, employee, and medical facilities to ensure the best medical care and treatment is obtained to restore the injured/ill employee’s health and ability to return to work.Track claims through to close, and provide claim updates to Safety, Health & Environmental Manager and Human Resources Manager.
       
       
       
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    8. Review accident investigation reports and assist Safety, Health & Environmental Manager as needed with follow-up investigation and data gathering. Maintain the Company’s records of all work-related injuries/illnesses including the OSHA Form 300 log. Post the OSHA Form 300A summary report on a timely basis as required by OSHA.
       
    9. Provide injury and illness trend reports to KPI’s management as needed.Provide Astec Corporation with a monthly summary of OSHA recordable injuries.
       
    10. Teach skills and develop health education programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their own health and safety.Regularly communicate health and wellness information to employees.
       
    11. Maintain first-aid kits and an adequate medical supply inventory, and properly functioning medical equipment.
       
    12. Respond to the scene of medical emergencies occurring on company property.Coordinate and monitors the KPI Emergency Medical Response Team and their training program.
       
    13. Ensure the Company’s bloodborne pathogens program is current and in compliance.
       
    14. Assist Safety, Health & Environmental Manager with initial and refresher training for employees on Company policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to employee safety, health, and protection from hazards.
       
    15. Assist Safety, Health & Environmental Manager with design and development of facilities, work areas, and work procedures, and make safety, health, and environmental recommendations accordingly.
       
    16. Coordinate annual hearing tests in compliance with Company Hearing Conservation Program.Maintain records of noise monitoring and sound mapping. Make this information available to management and to employees.
       
    17. Prepare, maintain, and update the Company’s Respirator Protection Program. Routinely conduct training and respiratory fit tests on appropriate employees and coordinate their medical evaluations.
       
    18. Serve on-call for off shifts and weekends.Must occasionally take calls and/or report to the facility or hospital, as needed.
       
    19. Responsible for quality and safety of own work and compliance of all Company procedures and policies.
     
    1. Coordinate appointments and records for work-related international travel immunizations of employees who travel outside the U.S. and Canada.
       
      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
    2. Ability to assess health conditions in view of safe work practices, return-to-work, and fitness-for-work issues, as well as exposures to workplace agents, while complying with legal and regulatory laws.
    3. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
    4. Knowledge of occupational nursing best practices and procedures.
       
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    5. Knowledge of OSHA, Workers’ Compensation, HIPPA, FMLA, and ADAAA.
    6. Critical thinking, skills, and ability to be resourceful and calm in medical emergencies.
    7. Ability to write reports and basic business correspondence, and nursing procedures manual.
    8. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees, management, insurance companies, and health care professionals.
    9. Ability to multi-task within a team environment at all levels of the organization and with outside health care providers.
    10. Computer proficiency with Microsoft software:Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.
    11. Perform work sitting or standing up to 8 hours per day, and up to 5 days per week.
    12. Flexibility to work additional hours beyond core work schedule and needed, and be available by cell phone whenever KPI production is occurring.
    13. Must be dependable, dedicated to getting the job done correctly, and use time wisely.
    14. Adept at problem-solving. Adaptable to new situations and challenges. Open to changes and new ideas.
    15. Ability to satisfactorily work alone, and willingness to work with others in a team environment, with reasonable instructions, training, and supervision. Can handle the stress that accompanies deadlines.
    16. Ability to communicate, express needs, and ask questions.
    17. Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed and uninvolved written or oral instructions.
    18. Ability to work in various physical positions including standing, sitting, and reaching (temporary variances may be accommodated based on employee’s primary assignment).
    19. Perform work in office-type setting with regular exposure to heavy industrial setting.
    20. Ability to use a telephone, fax machine, computer, and safety equipment including a dosimeter.
    21. Ability to wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for this position, including hearing protection, safety glasses, safety boots with metatarsal guards, and gloves.
       
      Education and Experience Requirements
    22. RN degree required (licensure required).
    23. Certification in CPR/First-aid instruction required.
    24. Occupational Health Nurse Certification and/or occupational nursing experience preferred.
       
      Physical Demands
      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
       
      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to communicate and exchange accurate information.  The employee frequently is required to walk; stand; sit; use both hands to finger, handle, feel, and grip; use fine finger ability; use wrist motion; reach with hands and arms; and balance.  The employee must occasionally taste or smell, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, or occasionally support or help move a human body possibly weighing more than 200 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
       
       
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      Work Environment
      The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
       
      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily exposed to an office-type environment in a medical clinic.  Exposure to bloodborne pathogens is common.  The employee is occasionally exposed to a shop manufacturing and warehouse environment.  Exposures in the shop and warehouse environment can include exposure to moving mechanical parts; vibration; odors, fumes, gasses, smoke, dust, or airborne particles; and outside weather conditions.  The employee may occasionally be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, oil or grease, extreme cold, extreme heat, and humidity.  The noise level in the work environment is quiet while in the office area but moderate to high in the manufacturing environment.  Hearing protection is required while on the production floor.
       
      This description is intended as a guide only.  The listed duties may be changed at the discretion of the incumbent’s supervisor.


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