Sterilization Assistant- IL- College of Dental Medicine
Company: Midwestern University
Location: Downers Grove
Posted on: June 12, 2022
DescriptionSummary The Sterilization Assistant is responsible
for conducting proper, sterilization techniques related to dental
instrumentation, dental terminology, and proper infection control
protocols as established by the College of Dental Medicine. This
position is responsible for the dispensing, collecting, and
processing of dental instruments, equipment, and consumable
supplies utilized in the Dental Institute clinics. The position
reports to the Supervisor of Sterilization and interacts
significantly with faculty, staff, and students. Individuals in
this position must be able to adapt to work schedule changes based
on the hours of the clinic.Essential Duties and
- Disinfect mobile carts so that instruments can be transported
to clinic dispensaries in a timely manner for both shifts.
- Responsible for inventory data used to maintain supplies in the
- Assist with data entry pertaining to supplies used in the
- Participate in instrument, equipment, and supply management
- Preparing and processing instruments, supplies and
- Cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing, packaging, and restocking
instruments, supplies and equipment.
- Cleaning and lubricating dental hand pieces/accessories,
instrument cassettes, and bur blocks.
- Disinfecting lab bowls, spatula and knifes.
- Identifying instrumentation and monitoring all cassettes for
completeness of content.
- Operating high-capacity sterilization units, ultrasonic
cleaning units, and instrument washers.
- Tracking, inventorying, and dispensing dental instruments,
supplies and equipment.
- Assisting with barcoding and re-barcoding instruments and
equipment and entering items into the system.
- Tracking missing and broken instruments and entering them into
- Maintain the organization, cleanliness, and general appearance
of the sterilizing rooms.
- Participate in the quality assurance process within the
- Assist with dental operatory equipment infection control.
- Perform weekly biological testing and record keeping on all
autoclaves located throughout the dental clinic.
- Perform daily Bowie-Dick testing and record keeping on all
Getinge sterilizers located in Central Sterilization.
- Perform weekly maintenance on all sterilization equipment.
- Participate in Dental Clinic meetings.
- Adaptable to shift changes.
- Train staff, faculty, and students about sterilization and
infection control issues.
- Assist in the training of new employees.
- Consistently provide exceptional service to internal
- Other duties may be assigned.Supervisory Responsibilities The
position has no supervisory responsibilitiesQualificationsTo
perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. This individual must have the ability to work in a
constant state of alertness and safe manner and must have regular,
in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions.Other QualificationsThis position requires a significant
amount of interaction with the public and many internal customers
and therefore, the individual must be able to develop positive
rapport effectively. The ability to maintain a professional
demeanor, be detail oriented and promote a welcoming atmosphere is
essential. The ability and willingness to cross train in other
areas of the Dental clinic is required. The ability to interact
professionally with vendors is also required. The individual must
have the ability to become familiar with axiUm electronic tracking
system. The ability to learn proper biohazard protocol and
procedure for handling dirty equipment and sharp objects
required.Education and/or Experience High school diploma or GED is
required. A minimum of 1-2 years of work experience in a
sterilization department or dental office is required. Experience
with sterilization equipment, packaging of instruments and the
ability to troubleshoot equipment is required. Familiarity with
OSHA guidelines, knowledge of dental equipment, general procedures
and proper infection control protocols required. Experience working
in a team and customer service-oriented environment with excellent
written and verbal communication skills are essential. This
individual should be a person committed to ensuring that a work
friendly environment exists with faculty, staff, and
students.Computer Skills Working knowledge of MS Office (Word,
Excel, Outlook) and general Dental Software required.Language
Skills Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents
such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and
procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and
correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of
customers or employees of organization.Reasoning Ability Basic
skills: Ability apply common sense understanding to carry out
detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to
deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in
standardized situations.Mathematical AbilityBasic skills: Ability
to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using
whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute
rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs. Physical
DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of
those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the
employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee is
frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, use hands to
handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The
employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and sit. The
employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and
occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee is
regularly required to push/pull carts by applying up to 40 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust
focus.Work EnvironmentThe work environment characteristics
described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work
environment is typically moderate but can be occasionally high. The
employee must be able to wear PPE [gown, gloves, and goggles] all
the time during work.Midwestern University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate
against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion;
creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including
pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity;
and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability;
citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed
services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in
accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R.
60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University
complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the
Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University
complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal
- High School or betterExperienceRequired
- A minimum of 1-2 years of work experience in a sterilization
department or dental office is required. Equal Opportunity
Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe
contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate
against employees or applicants because they have inquired about,
discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another
employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the
compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part
of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other
employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have
access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in
response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an
investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR
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