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UPMC Environmental Services Assistant/Housekeeping in Altoona, Pennsylvania

UPMC Altoona is hiring for Housekeeping!!!!! We have a variety of shifts and status available! Fulltime 40 hours to part time 20 hours.

Day shift - Evening shift - Night shift

a part of the AFSCME union


  • Employee operates all departmental equipment in a safe, orderly, and efficient manner. Upon completion of equipment usage, must maintain equipment before putting back in the proper storage location; i.e., wipe the entire machine down, wrap the cords in a neat orderly fashion after cleaning assigned areas.

  • Climbs ladders to hang cubicle drapes and window drapes or to reach areas for other cleaning/disinfecting purposes.

  • Cleans and services hospital building areas, moves furniture, equipment, and supplies in and around hospital departments, and performs a variety of housekeeping and other duties to maintain the hospital in an orderly and sanitary condition as assigned.

  • Washes walls, ceilings, and inside windows, by hand, using water, cleaning solution, sponge, and cloths or machine; may be called upon to wash outside windows and screens. Washes drapes, cubicles, mops, and rags when requested by the Supervisor or Department Director.Gathers and disposes of refuse; washes wastebaskets and large refuse containers and relines with plastic bags; cleans light fixtures, tops of windows, door frames and other high places using ladders or scaffolds when necessary.

  • When requested by Supervision, moves equipment, furniture, bulk moves of files both on and off site; procurement and/or return of files from an already established filing system

  • Uses chemicals in a safe/efficient manner according to Hospital/departmental guidelines. Responsibility of employees to wear all personal protective equipment as required.

  • Disinfects areas by scrubbing and spraying with approved germicide cleaner

  • Terminally cleans and disinfects all patient rooms, isolation rooms, floors; beds, restrooms, furniture and equipment after a transfer or discharge from a patient following Infection Control procedures.

  • Collects all regular and infectious waste in a manner established by the Infection Control Committee and/or infectious waste guidelines.

  • Scours, polishes, and washes sinks, tubs, mirrors, and other plumbing fixtures; cleans water coolers and replaces disposables, such as towels, soap, liquid soap dispensers, and toilet tissue.

  • Employee will be held accountable for daily and routine quality checks/reviews and to make all improvements that are deemed necessary.

  • Sweeps, mops, vacuums, and wet scrubs floors, halls, and stairways.

  • Receives daily assignment and supplies; transports them to the work area. At the end of shift, returns unused supplies to hopper and/or supply room; also returns used and unused mops, cleans utility cart and equipment.

  • Performs repetitive tasks in maintaining an assigned area of the Hospital in a sanitary, orderly, and attractive condition.

  • Assembles necessary cleaning supplies and equipment for transporting to the assigned work area.

  • Makes discharge beds with clean linen in the prescribed manner. Requests help in heavy furniture or equipment moves; notifies supervisor when supplies are low; reports any mechanical failure or conditions as observed in assigned areas for preparation of work request for Engineering Department. .


  • Prior training in institutional cleaning desired but not necessary; previous experience in similar work preferred.

Other qualifications include the following:

  • must be able to lift and handle heavy to light loads by pushing or pulling refuse carts and electric or battery powered equipment

  • able to bend, stoop, climb, push, pull, crawl and stand or walk for long periods of time

  • follow written and oral instructions, policies and procedures

  • knowledge with how to use a computer and cell phone Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran