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Hazardous Materials Technician

San Jose, CA

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Job Description
Under general supervision, to assist in the collection, proper categorization, and handling of hazardous materials, which includes preparing materials for storage and shipment to treatment, storage and disposal facilities in direct support of the Household Hazardous Waste Program; as well as support the regulatory activities of the Hazardous Materials Compliance Division. 
This recruitment requires submission of a 40-Hour HAZWOPER certificate. Applications received without the required documentation will be deemed incomplete
The current vacancy is located in the Hazardous Materials Compliance Division, however the resulting eligible list may be used to fill vacancies as they occur.
Typical Tasks
Performs activities necessary to carry out household hazardous waste and Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) programs;
Segregates HHW and CESQG hazardous waste into compatible waste types, consolidates into bulk drums or lab paks and prepares for shipment;
Packages and transports medical wastes including household sharps;
Fills out Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Forms and keeps records concerning receipt of and proper waste disposal;
 Answers public inquiries regarding HHW and CESQG hazardous waste disposal and conducts preliminary screening at waste drop-off sites;
Interprets local, state and federal laws and regulations concerning hazardous materials and hazardous waste;
Reads and interprets technical documents containing chemical and trade names;
Participates in and attends specialized training to maintain skills and knowledge;
Maintains shipping records and inventory, orders all supplies and equipment needed for program set up and operation;
Enters data into the computer and prepares reports;
Performs field investigations, including but not limited to, those related to permitting activities;
Performs and/or assists in field sampling for purposes of identification for hazardous materials/waste management;
May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
Performs related duties as required.
Employment Standards
Sufficient education, training and work experience which demonstrates possession and application of the following knowledge and abilities.
Training and Experience Note:
The required knowledge and abilities are attained through the possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.
One (1) year experience performing data entry and basic recordkeeping functions.
Possession of 40-Hour hazardous waste worker training certificate (HAZWOPER Certification) which meets the requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Safety Regulations in accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Sections 3380 and 5192.
Possession of a valid California Driver's license prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Driver's Permit.
Experience with household hazardous waste program operations, which includes hazardous categorization methods is highly desirable.
Knowledge of:
Practices of hazardous waste handling, packaging, labeling, storage and disposal;
Laws applicable to hazardous materials handling;
Basic chemistry, chemical hazards and lab packing techniques;
Safety devices and personal protective equipment used in the handling and packaging of hazardous waste;
Basic recordkeeping techniques:
Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and/or databases.
Ability to:
Explain applicable laws and regulations;
Advise and instruct the general public on safe handling techniques for hazardous wastes approved for disposal at household hazardous waste facilities;
Use and calibrate equipment such as gas tech meters;
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others;
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
Gather, interpret and enter data into computer databases and extract data to prepare accurate reports;
Special Requirement:
Work weekends and evenings as required.
  Physical Requirements:
Wear an air purifying respirator for extended period of time; Perform moderate lifting (up to 40 pounds).
Closing Date/Time: 8/15/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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