Sterile Processing Technician 1- Relief

Oregon Health & Science UniversityOregon Health & Science University

Portland, OR, US
Job Description

Department Overview

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.


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Function/Duties of Position

The School of Dentistry (SOD) shares the multifaceted public mission of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to achieve excellence in education, research, clinical practice and community service. OHSU SOD strives to provide the highest quality oral health care services while leading the region in oral health care education, research and technology development. The Central Sterile department fulfills this mission by ensuring the availability of safely processed instruments, equipment, and product for use in our clinical care and educational settings.

The SOD Sterile Processing Technician 1 (SPT1) is part of a 21-member team that ensures a full cycle sterilization and distribution function in a fast-paced environment requiring a high degree of detail and accuracy, a certain degree of autonomy and time management skills. The SOD SPT1 performs the processing, preparation, sterilization, monitoring and distribution of instruments, supplies and equipment that require decontamination, assembly prep, packaging, and sterilization.

The SOD SPT1 must be flexible and will be deployed to different work stations throughout each day. This position includes solitary staffing work locations which requires the SOD SPT1 to be able to complete work with considerable independence and authority on a daily basis. The SOD SPT1 is responsible for knowing SOD dispensary and central sterilization policies and must be able to consistently and clearly communicate these policies to students, faculty, and staff. The SOD SPT1 will be required to practice good judgement to implement the appropriate policy or give information specific to each situation they encounter. This position provides significant time within a customer facing role and must be able to provide courteous and consistent communications and act as a resource for sterilization and distribution best practices. The SOD SPT1 will perform assignments and skills training to support upward progression within the unit but will not be required to maintain national certification nor be expected to complete advanced Central Sterile functions without supervision of a SOD SPT2 (including areas of sterilizer monitoring and load release, biological quarantines, equipment testing, recall protocols, and advanced processing functions).

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent and
  • One year work experience in any field
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, organize, complete work in a timely manner, practice attention to detail and demonstrate high productivity while working in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions, distractions and limited space
  • Ability to use appropriate judgement regarding customer interaction and infection control
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision and exercise authority and flexibility to ensure best practice and business needs are met
  • Ability to work well within a team environment
  • Ability to accurately and proficiently enter and maintain data in computer applications/databases (Microsoft Office/Outlook/Word/Excel) and data entry/tracking software (AxiUm)
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service skills including interactions with difficult individuals and situations that require diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to communicate clearly, appropriately and effectively and maintain good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read, write and understand written work-related materials and oral instructions in English
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of information and to exercise discretion when dealing with issues of a sensitive nature
  • Demonstrable record of reliable attendance, punctuality, accountability, and proven successful performance at past and present employers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of Sterile Processing Course
  • Work experience in a high-volume direct public contact position
  • Experience providing sterile processing responsibilities  
  • Knowledge and experience using axiUm software 
  • Knowledge of infection control and best practices

Additional Details

  • Incumbent will handle sharp edged/tipped instruments which impose the risk of puncture or laceration wound injury
  • Risk of exposure to harmful microorganisms through a puncture wound while handling contaminated sharps and human tissues/fluids
  • Repetitive lifting/pushing/pulling/moving of instrument sets and equipment can cause muscle and disk injury
  • Work with sinks and washing equipment create increased risk of wet floors and the associated potential for slip and fall hazards
  • Risk of severe burns from contact with steam and hot surfaces generated by dry heat, gravity, and prevac sterilizers and thermal washer
  • Work with detergents, disinfectants, enzymes, germicides and sterilant chemical products that can cause respiratory and skin irritation and pose other health risks due to toxic or carcinogenic nature
  • Working near equipment or while PPE is donned can increase worker’s warmth
  • Equipment and working floor can induce loud working environment
  • Potential changes in reporting time, work schedule, and/or work location during modified operations and/or to meet business needs
  • May work weekends (including mandated WREB and Sealant days)
  • Travel thru patient care and educational areas to provide relief coverage within department and/or during the transport of carts, bins, equipment and instrumentation

Physical demands & equipment usage:

  • Ability to push/pull/lift 50+ pounds and to carry 30 pounds
  • Ability to stoop, turn, bend, squat, kneel, and to reach above shoulders and below knees
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended and constant periods of time throughout shift
  • Ability to perform repetitive motions for prolonged periods
  • Ability to correct hearing and vision to create a safe working environment
  • Ability to accurately discern color as necessary to perform job functions
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment as required for safety
  • Ability to maintain good hygiene for patient and personal safety
  • Ability to operate computers and job-related equipment
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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