Environmental services workers play a critical role in hospital safety. These workers must keep facilities clean to a high standard that will build public confidence that translates to improved patient satisfaction.

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Education Requirements:

Hospital EVS workers often do not need an education credential, but most employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or GED. EVS workers must have strong written and oral communication skills and many employers prefer some prior work experience in a customer service focused job.

 

Previous cleaning experience is preferred. Once hired, training is provided on-the-job by other EVS workers.

Hospital environmental services positions can be extremely demanding. The hospital setting lends itself to potential exposure to strong cleaning solutions, bodily fluids, disturbing sights and images of death. Workers must be able to stand and walk for lengthy periods and reach and bend. The job also involves pushing a cart and using a ladder to clean walls and vents, along with some lifting.

Job Tasks:

  • Mopping, vacuuming and sweeping floors; cleaning windows and dusting furniture; washing and changing linens on patient’s beds; and insuring that all waste is disposed of properly.

  • Empty trash cans, replace supplies in bathrooms and move items around as needed.

  • Perform laundry duties which could include sorting, washing, drying, folding and storing linens, towels and other items.

  • Disinfect equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers

Skills and Abilities Needed to Perform Job:

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar.

  • Service Orientation – Ability to provide excellent customer (patient) service (care).

  • Oral Comprehension – Ability to listen to and understand information presented through spoken words. 

  • Trunk Strength – Ability to use abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without “giving out” or fatiguing.

  • Extent Flexibility – Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with body, arms, and/or legs.

Desired Work Style Attributes:

  • Dependability – Reliable and responsible

  • Stress Tolerance – Accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively in high stress situations

  • Self-Control – Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check

  • Integrity – Honest and ethical

  • Cooperation – Pleasant with others

  • Attention to details