University of Utah Health Care

  • Sterile Processing Associate - Main Hospital

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    Day Shifts
    Location Name
    University of Utah Hospital
    Patient Care?
    Surgical Services
  • Overview

    As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA


    This position is responsible for assisting with the sterilization of some surgical supplies and performing manual work involved in the receiving, inspecting, sorting and issuing of materials and supplies for use in the operating room and throughout the organization.

    This position is not responsible for providing patient care.



    • Prepares supplies (ex. Stainless and linen) according to established procedures and techniques for sterilization.
    • Inspects returned items to verify package integrity and restocks appropriately.
    • Helps maintain a clean, organized, and neat working environment.
    • May distribute sterile supply sets and disposables by scanning sets and case carts to appropriate areas utilizing a bar-coding system.
    • May assemble surgical case carts according to pick lists and verifies that the required supply and equipment are available making note of any missing items.
    • May unload manifolds from washers and distribute their contents to designated areas.
    • May work with coordinators to identify missing items.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

    • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
    • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
    • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
    • Ability to accurately detect blood that may remain on items before proceeding with the next step of sterilization.
    • Ability to perform environmental maintenance duties and assists in maintaining inventory levels.
    • Ability to work and communicate with clients and customers to satisfy their expectations.
    • Demonstrated ability to acquire and utilize a comprehensive understanding of various sterilizers and sterilization methods; understand departmental supply requests and determine appropriate alternative supplies in the case of unavailability; prioritize workload and requests for supplies and trays.
    • Ability to wear appropriate protective attire.
    • Incumbents are required to be on-call, work weekends, holidays and rotate shifts as needed.




    • High school diploma, or equivalency.

    Qualifications (Preferred)


    • Work experience in a medical setting.

    Working Conditions and Physical Demands

    Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

    • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds any may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects. The incumbent may face exposure to potentially dangerous contaminated body fluids, used needles, razor blades, knives, bone shavings, pieces of glass, and other contaminants as part of the daily hazards of the job and must wear protective attire at all times. The position also requires standing or walking for long periods of time.

    Physical Requirements

    Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking


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