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Hazardous Waste Specialist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes, coordinates, and schedules use of hazardous waste accumulation facility, and controls hazardous waste disposal techniques used on campus.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is 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 federal requirements.
  • 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 waste.
  • 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 handling techniques.
  • 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 techniques.
  • Knowledge of chemical compatibility and hazard classes.
  • Skill in analyzing hazardous waste.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

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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