Plant Operations Assistant - Maintenance

TN Skilled Nursing Facility experience a PLUS.
The primary purpose of the Plant Operations (Maintenance) Assistant position is to maintain the building, grounds, facility and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Ensure that plant operations schedules are followed as assigned.
Coordinate daily services with other facility departments when performing routine assignments.
Report all accidents/incidents to your supervisor immediately and on the shift in which they occur.
Assist in maintaining plant operations compliance notebooks.
Facility Maintenance Functions
Police grounds for trash/debris.
Assist with landscaping tasks, mowing, trimming, planting, etc.
Maintain lawn care equipment.
Maintain exterior/interior door locks.
Maintain/repair/clean windows and screens.
Clean and/or paint exterior surfaces as needed.
Replace burned out light bulbs in all areas of the facility.
Clean/change air filters.
Clean/vacuum refrigerator/freezer coils and compressors.
Service heating and cooling units according to manufacturer guidelines and facility policies and procedures.
Assist with fire drills and building evacuations.
Complete life safety code assignments.
Assist in maintaining plant operations and life safety records.
Complete safety audits as assigned.
Maintain handicapped bars in baths.
Assist with HVAC, electrical and plumbing repairs.
Repair/replace light fixtures.
Test and record water temperatures.
Repair call systems, cords, call bells, bed alarms, chair alarms.
Perform commercial washer and dryer preventative maintenance and repairs.
Ensure fire extinguishers are current and in proper working order.
Perform minor equipment repair.
Perform carpentry duties, operate saws, hand tools, etc.
Repair/remove/replace ceiling tile.
Repair walls, paint, caulk, strip and stain furniture, repair floor tile, install dry wall.
Wash, strip, wax and buff floors.
Gather and dispose of refuse.
Repair resident room and office furniture.
Maintain toilets and supplies.
Maintain/repair wheelchairs, Geri chairs, walkers, beds.
Conduct minor roof repair.
Assist in moving furniture, supplies, equipment, etc. as directed.
Staff Development Functions
Assist with department studies and projects as requested.
Attend in-service education classes and on-the-job training programs as scheduled.
Attend annual OSHA and CDC in service training for HazCom, TB management, and blood borne pathogens standards.
Safety and Sanitation Functions
Think about safety and work safely at all times.
Follow established fire safety policies and procedures.
Follow all established safety procedures and precautions when performing plant operations services.
Wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies when lifting or moving heavy objects.
Keep work areas free of hazardous conditions, i.e., grease/oil spills, excess supplies, loose tools, equipment, etc. to assure that safety regulations are followed at all times.
Refer to MSDSs when necessary.
Follow policy on the use of labels and MSDS requirements.
Report all unsafe/hazardous condition, defective equipment, etc. to your supervisor.
Be sure that work/assignment areas are clean and safe and all equipment and tools are properly stored before leaving for breaks or at the end of the day.
Ensure that all infection control and universal precautions practices are used when performing duties.
Participate in appropriate in service training prior to performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood, body fluids or hazardous chemicals.
Use appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment when handling infectious materials.
Follow established hand washing procedures.
Dispose of refuse daily according to established sanitation procedures.
Follow established policies on the use/disposal of personal protective equipment and disposal of infectious wastes.
Coordinate isolation procedures with nursing services.
Equipment and Supply Functions
Ensure necessary supplies have been replenished in work areas.
Keep supervisor informed of supply needs.
Ensure that the facility equipment is maintained for resident comfort and convenience.
Report equipment malfunctions or breakdowns to your supervisor as soon as possible.
Resident Rights Responsibilities
Maintain confidentiality of resident information.
Knock before entering a resident's room.
Ensure that the resident's personal and property rights are maintained by assigned personnel.
Inform residents when moving personal possessions.
Working Conditions
Works in all areas of the facility and grounds.
Moves intermittently during work hours.
Is subject to frequent interruptions and may need to reschedule duties accordingly.
Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, under all conditions and circumstances.
Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel and visitors.
Communicates with plant operations personnel, nursing personnel and other department personnel.
Works beyond normal working hours and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
Works on weekends and holidays when necessary.
Is subject to callback during emergency conditions.
May be required to work on a shift other than the one for which originally hired.
Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the workday, as well as to reactions from dust, plastics, synthetics, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other potential contaminants.
Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc. including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Maintains a liaison with the resident, their families, support departments, etc. to adequately plan for department services.
May be required to work in cramped spaces and in adverse weather conditions.
High school diploma or GED preferred.
Experience with commercial maintenance and repair of buildings, plumbing, electrical systems, alarm systems, appliances, commercial stoves, refrigerators, air-conditioning and heating units.
General construction experience preferred.
Specific Requirements
Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
Must display professionalism both in appearance and attitude.
Must possess the ability to solve problems and make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
Must genuinely care for and understand the elderly and other persons with various disabilities.
Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with peers, residents, family members, visitors, government agency personnel and the general public.
Must possess the ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel.
Must be able to follow written and oral instructions.
Must have patience, tact, a positive disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult people.
Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.
Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

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