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UPMC Safety Officer | Western Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is seeking security/law enforcement professionals to help support our mission of Quality & Safety for patients, visitors, and fellow employees. The Safety Officer will provide safety, security, and fire safety related functions throughout Western Psychiatric Hospital.

*This position is sign on bonus eligible: $1,500 with a 2-year commitment! *


  • Conduct searches according to system and department policy regarding customer service responsibilities and maintaining paperwork and property appropriately.

  • Must meet mandatory education and annual competency requirements for the position, to include age-specific competencies.

  • Perform continuous amounts of hands-on physical restraint techniques necessary in an attempt to control violent, combative patients and maintain a safe environment with respect to age-specific competencies and guidelines. In conformance with seclusion and restraint policies Comprehensive Crisis Management and positive approaches training.

  • Provide relief coverage for safety systems clerks and parking lot attendants as assigned by Manager(s).

  • Conduct proactive, continuous safety, security and fire safety patrols throughout the facility and parking areas. Document and report any unsafe conditions as well as any security violations.

  • Provide assistance as requested to clinical staff in the care and safety of patients, staff or visitors who are uncooperative. Respond to all such calls of assistance in a professional manner in accordance with facility standards and guidelines with respect to age-specific guidelines and competencies.

  • Perform any and all assignments as directed by Manager(s); to include a daily review of e-mail, grease board, and any other required communications.

  • Administer assistance during fires, medical emergencies or disaster drills or any other crisis type situations. Work closely with appropriate law enforcement, fire and medical authorities when necessary.

  • Develop and maintain a level of professionalism under the accepted standards of the Institute to include proper dress, radio communication, and overall service excellence work ethic with patients, staff, and visitors.

  • Prepare and complete all mandatory and recommended training programs as per departmental guidelines.

  • Provide escort service for patients, staff, and visitors, as necessary or as directed.

  • Initiate and investigate any reports of incidents to include theft, suspicious activity, vandalism, personnel safety, patient related issues, and any other areas considered to be of importance in the day-to-day operation of the Institute.

  • Conduct tests of various alarm systems, equipment, etc. to include fire extinguishers, security alarms, fire alarm system, and others as assigned by Manager(s).

  • May be responsible to accept, store and transport patient personal belongings including medications as per UPMC Policy.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • 1 year experience in safety, security, or related healthcare field preferred. Equivalent experience considered.

  • May in the course of their duties be in rooms where medications are stored or may transport medications when they transport patients.

  • Transportation of medication is limited from one department to another.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

Act 235 with Firearms OR Act 235 without Firearms - All officers hired without a valid Act 235 must complete the Act 235 certification within their first 6 months of hire or placement and have process completed within 9 months of hire. Must meet audio and visual standards outlined in Act 235 at time of hire.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required within 30 days of hire.

  • Successfully pass UPMC Physical Fitness Standard prior to hire.

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)

  • UPMC Physical Fitness Standard

  • Act 235 with Firearms

  • Act 235 without Firearms

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran