Job Requisition Number: 26187. The Office of Environment, Health & Safety’s (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.
EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The Hazardous Materials Management Specialist coordinates unwanted hazardous materials shipments, makes hazardous waste determinations, and establishes new waste stream classifications and profiles. For more information, visit http://ehs.berkeley.edu
Understands and supports the EH&S mission and vision. Contributes to a successful team oriented work environment ensuring interdependence and cooperation; constructive and positive communications; and mutual support. Promotes and exemplifies campus, divisional, and departmental high standards for excellent client service, effective use of resources, workplace safety, professional development, personal accountability, and continuous improvement.
Under general supervision, implements, maintains and improves EH&S programs, policies, procedures, equipment, and systems in the following fields: environmental protection, radiation safety, and hazardous materials (hazardous materials and waste management).
Coordinates hazardous waste shipments •Coordinates shipments of hazardous waste with transporters and treatment, storage, disposal facility (TSDF) contractors ensuring waste is picked up within the regulated 90-day limit. •Works with TSDF contractors to gain approval to send UCB generated waste to their site and informs Hazardous Materials Management Team (HMMT) members of any vendor restrictions and all waste acceptance criteria. •Prepares shipping papers—Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests, Bills of Lading, and Land Disposal Restriction forms. •Works with HMMT (Hazardous Materials Management Team) and contracted technicians to ensure waste is properly segregated and packaged in appropriate containers, labeled, and safe for transport. •Assists with loading the waste and designates the appropriate placarding. •Determines when DOT Exemptions can or must be used to transport certain chemicals. •Coordinates the shipment and disposal of unwanted controlled substances. •Ensures all forms are completed properly as defined by changing and new federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and EPA regulations, items are picked up timely (within 10 days of request), properly packaged, labeled and placed in a secure location. •Maintains up-to-date files and reports, including shipment records, waste profiles, sampling reports, and data entry. •Reviews invoices for accuracy. Follows up with contractors to correct inaccurate invoices and recommends approval of accurate ones. Ensures recharges are entered in the EH&S recharge system.
Chemical Waste Disposal •Makes hazardous waste determinations and assures pick up request forms are properly completed and the materials are safe for transportation to the Hazardous Materials Facility (HMF) in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. •This includes: Reviewing the Forms completed by the HMMT technicians, and other campus personnel, correcting errors and providing coaching as appropriate; and designating the appropriate hazardous classifications and method of handling and disposal. These decisions are based on safety, promoting best environmental management, and economics. •Based on changing regulations and campus chemical use, establishes new waste stream classifications and profiles for chemical waste not currently included in EH&S chemical waste disposal contracts. •Consults with UCB employees on the proper procedures for managing unwanted chemicals. •Prepares letters to Regulators for supervisor's signature.
Prepares and submits reports for HMBP updates, waste reports and fees, metrics, and related regulatory requirements.
Responsible for addressing unusual and urgent hazardous waste special projects, laboratory chemical cleanouts, gas cylinders disposal, and potentially explosive chemicals. Maintains safety equipment, and inventory at HMF. Performs emergency response and as on-call responder as needed Drive university vehicle in fulfillment of job responsibilities
Support overall hazardous materials management operations •Acts as work lead during, and participates in, laboratory and equipment decontamination. •Hazmat Shipping: back-up responsibility for shipping air and ground hazardous materials •Back-up support for campus pickups, HMF chemical processing, bulking, lab-packing, compacting, shipment loading Incumbent must meet the occupational requirements, including medical baseline. •As requested by Associate Director, act as work lead during supervisor absences
Applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards with minor refinements to procedure(s) as applicable. Maintains and applies working knowledge of technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and the impact to the operating unit.
Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
Perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to: •At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), will serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release. Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role •May serve as a member of the Designated Spill Response Team. Provide technical support by serving as an “Off-hours Responder” on rotation with other responders. Must be accessible via telephone and readily available to respond to on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) around the clock during assigned periods. Must maintain the ability to effectively respond. To serve as a responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DSRT Program as outlined in the EH&S DSRT Program Guidelines. These include occupational physical qualifications, including medical baseline.
**Governing Laws and Regulations Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by a significant number of federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. Most of which are found in: •California Health & Safety Codes §§25100-2549;§25340-25392; §25201 •California Code of Regulations: Titles 8, 22, (Cal-OSHA) •Federal Laws: RCRA, CERCLA, and SARA •Code of Federal Regulations: 40 CFR §261; §263; §§264-267; §§300-311•Solid, comprehensive working knowledge/understanding of a specific EH&S field including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields. •Advanced knowledge of standard industry practices and regulations related to generation, handling, management and disposal of chemical waste and controlled substances •Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects. •Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. •Skill in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in related area and demonstrated experience in related environmental, health and safety programs and/or equivalent experience/training.
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