Hazardous Waste Specialist Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
organizes, coordinates, and schedules use of hazardous waste
accumulation facility, and controls hazardous waste disposal
techniques used on campus.
the first in a series of two classifications and is distinguished
from the Hazardous Waste Supervisor in that the incumbent is
responsible for routine planning, coordinating, scheduling and
controlling hazardous waste disposal. Works with hazardous waste
daily and may be exposed to air contamination or hazardous materials
in the case of a spill or accident.
Examples of Duties:
- Collects, transports, segregates, accumulates, and performs
initial disposal of hazardous waste for various university
departments; determines proper method of accumulation and
disposal based on hazard classes and compatibility of chemicals;
packages documents and labels waste for shipment to appropriate
disposal facilities pursuant to disposal facility, state, and
- Maintains accumulation facility records and database on all
accumulated hazardous waste streams.
- Coordinates the collection of campus generated hazardous
chemical/radioactive waste; assists in the collection and
preparation for final disposal of infectious/bio-hazardous
- Advises faculty, staff, and students regarding proper
hazardous waste management techniques and provides technical
assistance upon request for campus departments.
- Responds to hazardous waste releases on campus using
appropriate clean up and safety methods.
- Analyzes and tests unknown hazardous waste streams to
identify type of classification and allow for proper disposal.
- Presents educational or training sessions to faculty, staff
and students regarding hazardous materials and waste management
- Identifies and prepares for disposal of asbestos materials.
- May supervise or coordinate work activities of subordinates.
- Operates and maintains the elementary neutralization and
waste water treatment systems and related equipment necessary in
managing waste for proper disposal.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules/regulations on
hazardous materials management.
- Knowledge of hazardous materials management practices and
- Knowledge of chemical compatibility and hazard classes.
- Skill in analyzing hazardous waste.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Safety or Industrial Engineering or
related field AND two years' experience in hazardous materials
management; OR, Six years' hazardous materials management
experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or
education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have
been achieved. Possession of a current State of Arizona Type C
driver's license may be required upon employment.
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