Job Description

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

The Housekeeper reports to the Housekeeping Supervisor when on Portola Campus and the Housekeeping Coordinator when on the Loyalton Campus, both the Supervisor and Coordinator report to the Manager of Environmental Services. In special situations, the housekeeper may be instructed by someone from the Nursing Services or other departments.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Housekeeper cleans and services patient room, shower rooms, bathrooms, patient lobby, admitting and offices; cleans, mops and dusts furniture and equipment; cleans window sills; empties trash; arranges furniture in an orderly fashion; scours showers, sinks, mirrors; replenishes supplies of soap, paper products and towels; polishes and cleans doors and windows; receives supplies from receiving dock and places it in storage cupboards. Bags up soiled laundry and places it in laundry bins for the commercial laundry service. The Housekeeper performs a variety of duties to keep the hospital in a clean, neat and sanitary condition in accordance with state and federal regulations.

 

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

The Housekeeper is responsible for cleaning and servicing assigned areas. They must be willing to perform routine, repetitive tasks on a continuous basis and perform tasks despite frequent interruptions. Follow all infection control practices including hand washing techniques, standard precaution and isolation precaution.

 

Cleans/disinfects patient, employee and public restrooms appropriately.

Mops floors of assigned areas in accordance with standard procedure.

Cleans/disinfects patient rooms appropriately.

Properly uses fluid/water extractor.

Transports, stores and/or disposes of bio-hazardous waste and sharp containers properly.

Replaces sharp containers when 3/4 full and fill new container with absorbent sand ¼ the way according to hospital guidelines.

Demonstrates knowledge of proper color liners to use when patient is on isolation.

Picks-up and disposes of trash on a routine basis.

Labels all chemical containers and spray bottles properly and stores them safely when not in used.

Removes adhesives/tapes left on patient furniture or equipment (TV, bedside tables, IV poles, etc.) and properly cleans/disinfects patient furniture.

Maintains and replaces paper goods (seat covers, toilet paper & paper towel) and hand sanitizers along with hand soap on all areas.

Organizes and cleans assigned housekeeping cart

Maintains cleanliness and appropriate inventory level of housekeeping storage closet.

Keeps mop basket and/or container clean.

 

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

The following education or combination of education and experience are required for the position:

High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.

The housekeeper should have the ability to read and write and be able to follow simple verbal instructions.

Six months experience with similar work experience preferred, but not essential.

 

SKILLS:

Must know how to use common house hold cleaning devises such as brooms, mops, rags etc. to keep areas clean and well serviced.

Must be alert to hazards.

Must become familiar with MSDS sheets.

 

PHYSICAL CAPACITIES/EQUIPMENT OPERATED:

Repetitive bending, lifting up to 50lbs, frequently stand, walk, push, and pull equipment and furnishings reach with hands arms, stoop, kneel and crouch.

Mops, brooms, microfiber cloths, chemicals, dust rags etc.

 

 

WORKING RELATIONSHPS:

Housekeeping has a working relationship with all hospital and clinic departments and State health facilities. The housekeeper has contact with patients and the general public, staff and physicians.

 

 

FREEDOM TO ACT/ACCOUNTABILITY:      

All housekeeping staff is responsible to follow all established policies of the department and the mandates of State and Federal agencies. Housekeeping staff are responsible to maintain a clean and sanitary environment utilizing all safety standards.

 

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY:

As set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), this position must maintain patient confidentiality in accordance with State and Federal regulations.

Protected Health Information is restricted to a need-to-know basis. Any intentional or unintentional breach of confidentiality will be reported to the HIPAA Privacy Officer and is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.