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Hazardous Materials Technician I

El Centro, CA · General Labor

This is a Temp-to-hire role

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TECHNICIAN I - PRIMARY FUNCTION

1. Supports and coordinates the distribution, use, accumulation, collection, segregation, storage and timely disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

2. Maintains waste streams inventory and confirms appropriate accumulation and storage of wastes consistent with district SOP and local, state and federal laws.

3. Provides hazardous materials/waste incident response oversight and directs response operations in accordance with certification level. **

4. Responds to, investigates and/or cleans up any release or abandonment of hazardous materials/wastes within the district. **

5. Conduct Work on special projects when necessary and/or as needed to maintain La Quinta HQ & HQ Imperial Transformer Containment Pans, Printer Cartridge and Battery pick up, Crush Drained Oil Filters, E-Waste Collection and Disassembly.

Performs other duties as assigned*

* All duties would be under the direct guidance of another HazMat employee except for number 5.

** Number’s 3 and 4 would be under direct guidance of a Specialist or Supervisor.

SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION

Under general supervision, works within and supports district hazardous waste/materials program; interacts with all district departments to ensure purchase, technical handling, storage, disposal, hazardous material emergency response and site remediation activities are conducted in accordance with applicable laws; conducts hazardous waste audits at all district facilities. Performs other duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Hazardous Material Technician I is the entry level on the Hazardous Materials Technician series and is required to perform standby duties as scheduled. It is the responsibility of all employees in this classification to report for emergency duty if called. Lacking a bona fide excuse satisfactory to supervision, a second failure to report when called could result in discharge. This position, at times, requires the management of hazardous materials or waste and thus requires mandatory training in hazardous waste operations, hazardous materials spill response, and/or hazardous materials communication.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The examples of essential functions listed below are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive and may be assigned other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position.

1. Supports and coordinates the distribution, use, accumulation, collection, segregation, storage and timely disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

2. Maintains waste streams inventory and confirms appropriate accumulation and storage of wastes consistent with district SOP and local, state and federal laws.

3. Completes inspections of hazardous materials/waste use, and collection and storage facilities to document adherence to district hazardous materials/waste compliance program; generates reports of findings.

4. Provides hazardous materials/waste incident response oversight and directs response operations in accordance with certification level.

5. Provides and maintains records as needed to evaluate program performance and satisfy regulatory review of waste disposal practices. Hazardous Materials Technician I Revised September 2016 Class Code: 0604 2

6. Operates and/or directs the use of hazardous materials/waste accumulation, consolidation and disposal equipment safely.

7. Attends workshops, conferences and specialized training.

MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Obtains hazardous materials samples or instructs others how to obtain samples; coordinates documentation of sampling from vehicles, transport tankers, canals, drains and soil for testing as needed.
  • Maintains district hazardous materials inventory database including recycle/reduction compliance objectives and risk minimization product descriptions.
  • Responds to, investigates and/or cleans up any release or abandonment of hazardous materials/wastes within the district.
  • Provides technical guidance and recommends alternatives on a variety of equipment options and adherence to methods to mitigating hazardous materials/waste issues in district departments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

To 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education Associates: degree in biology, physical science, geology, environmental science, hazardous materials management, fire science or related field and;
  • Experience: Two years’ experience with hazardous material handling, storage and disposal techniques.
  • Progressively responsible directly related experience may be substituted for the required education at the ratio of two years of experience for one year of education required.
  • Licensing/Certification: A valid driver license issued by the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles is required.
  • First Responder – Operational Level Training Certificate: Ability to obtain Hazardous Materials Technician Certification
  • Ability to obtain 40 hours Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge Principles and practices of hazardous materials handling; federal, state and local hazardous waste and materials laws and regulations such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA); Code of Federal Regulations, California Code of Regulations, California Health & Safety Code, and county health & safety regulations;
  • storage and site remediation; hazardous materials terminology, labels and codes; transportation practices and procedures pertaining to hazardous materials; protective equipment;
  • storage and handling equipment; computerized record keeping and inventory control procedures; personal computer and word processing and spreadsheet software applications; and safe work practices. Skills/Abilities Receive, store and handle hazardous materials;
  • coordinate disposal of waste with appropriate vendors;
  • ability to attend workshops, conferences and specialized training;
  • read, understand and interpret safety rules and regulations and work safely; obtain certification to be a first responder to hazardous material incidents;
  • provide on-site technical guidance regarding spill/incident emergencies; be prompt and regular in attendance;
  • and work courteously and cooperatively with employees, public and/or private agency representatives, and the general public.

Tools and Equipment Used: General office equipment, forklift, liquid sampling tools, gloves, hard hat respirator, body suit, non-sparking hand tools, oil samplers, pH sampling equipment, shovel, hoe, broom, mop, computer, file cabinet, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, camera, reference books, SOP, manuals, pickup truck with lift gate or boom.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • The 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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work in outside weather conditions; near moving mechanical parts; exposed to dust, smoke, fumes and airborne particles; combustible, toxic and caustic chemicals; and vibration; the employee is occasionally required to work in extreme heat including direct sunlight; in high precarious places; exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moderate cold; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The 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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to hear; stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle, grip, grasp or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach forward, downward and upward with hands and arms; the employee is occasionally required to talk; sit, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and must maintain balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 70 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Degree of Physical Effort – 7 An employee in this category will be exposed to physical demands requiring strength, coordination and dexterity many times a day as a regular function of the job.
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