Environmental Service Worker /
Housekeeping

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The primary role of Environmental Services Worker (EVS/housekeeping) in hospitals is to ensure that all areas, including examination and surgery rooms, patients' rooms, laboratories, offices, administrative and public areas are kept clean and sanitary.

Career Overview

Preferred Qualifications

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.​

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.

  • The hospital setting lends itself to exposure to strong cleaning solutions, bodily fluids, and direct interaction with patients in patient rooms, the Emergency and surgery areas.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service/patient care.

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

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

  • Attention to details