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Messenger Driver (TEMPORARY)

Posted on March 7, 2022
SEIU 925
University of Washington
 - $ 
 per hour
Seattle, WA
Applications accepted until position filled


  • Drives a University vehicle to transport laboratory specimens, laboratory reports, supplies and other designated materials between UWMC and medical facilities and laboratories within Washington State.
  • Works with bio hazardous specimens, including tissues and fluids, which may be contain viruses or other infectious particles or microorganisms. May work near contagious patients.  Must be vigilant about risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens through needle stick or spillage.
  • Adheres to "Universal Precaution" procedures at all times when handling or transporting biohazardous materials.
  • Maintains integrity of specimens being transported with regard to specimen temperature, intactness of containers/packaging, and absence of specimen loss or incorrect delivery
  • Prepares / gathers lab supplies and related material to be delivered to client locations
  • Performs assigned route in appropriate amount of time.
  • Exercises independent judgment in determining ability to accommodate clients' requests for additional service within the assigned shift.
  • Maintains accurate records of route stops and specimens transported.
  • Knows UW Fleet Services rules and regulations and adheres to them at all times.
  • Keeps assigned University vehicle clean, and fuel tank sufficiently filled as per protocol. Participates in / supports UW Fleet Services vehicle maintenance program.
  • Participate in and supports quality assessment and improvement activities.
  • Receptive to new ideas and procedures.
  • Adapts to changes in route / schedule as necessary
  • Open to receiving direction and asks for assistance when needed
  • Will use digital devices such as computers and smart phones regularly.
  • Responds promptly to calls or texts.
  • Can and does access Workday and other UW online resources for personal and employment data, training or other assignments, and education opportunities
  • Keeps passwords up to date and checks UW email once per week at a minimum
  • Teaches and demonstrates tasks and shares job knowledge with trainees as assigned
  • Maintains a customer service focus and service attitude in all situations encountered. Communicates in a cooperative and professional manner with team members and client contacts in the medical facilities for which courier service is provided
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
About the employer: University of Washington
The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
About your union: SEIU 925

SEIU 925 unites 17,000 people in Washington who work in education from early learning through higher education, as well as members who work in local government and nonprofits. We work together to provide quality education for children and students, to ensure that education remains a state priority, and to strengthen our workforce. We provide quality public services to our communities across the state. The mission of SEIU 925 is to win political and economic power for working people to advance the well-being of our members, their families and all working people by developing leaders who are a voice for change in the workplace and solidarity in our communities.


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