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    Summary

    Responsible for the collection and preparation of Hazardous Waste, Regulated Medical Waste (RMW), Universal Waste, recycling, and solid waste for proper disposal in accordance with a wide range of regulatory and legislative environmental requirements to include Veteran Health Administration (VHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Washington Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and local regulations.

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    Responsibilities

    Works independently and acts as the Waste Management Material Handler collecting, processing, packaging and preparing solid waste/hazardous waste/RMW waste for temporary storage and disposal. Provides guidance on the proper standard operating procedures for the management, handling, storage, and disposal of regulated hazardous wastes and substances under the strict control of the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 1976; and subsequent amendment established by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 40 CFR Part 265 Interim Status Standards
    For Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities.
    Must evaluate and make initial identification and assessments of routine hazardous wastes to determine their nature (e.g., flammability, toxicity), and containment characteristics (e.g., repercussions of long-term storage). He/she must evaluate every solid waste to determine if it is a solid hazardous waste under RCRA and must determine all applicable waste codes and underlying constituents. Must determine if it is exempt using regulations, knowledge of Process, and Analysis to make hazardous waste determinations. Determines if F, K, P, or U-listed waste, and determines if wastes are characteristic (i.e. Ignitability, Corrosiveness, Reactivity, and Toxicity). Documents all waste collected and weights.
    Collects waste as needed through observation, Sanitation Request or phone notification ensuring that all items transported and/or stored have proper waste identification labels. He/she verifies that all waste is properly packaged and containerized; identification labels include the shop of origin number, waste information, dates, categories, and type of waste. Corrects incomplete or improper labels and ensure
    hazardous wastes are properly stored.
    He/she performs specialized and nonstandard processing and disposing procedures. May be required to repack, consolidate, and/or blend hazardous wastes into proper containers for containment and shipment.
    Manages container/drum usage, labeling, and storage. Ensures all RMW and hazardous waste materials shall be disposed of in containers that accept the chemical without degradation effects. Shall ensure that containers are only to be filled to 80% of capacity, so that heat and other internal pressures will not result in a leak. Containers shall be covered and/or sealed with a working, compatible lid. There shall be no damage to the container, lid or other associated parts. Wastes shall be stored safely as per their characteristics (e.g. flammable storage cabinet, refrigerator, and corrosive cabinet).
    Operates manual and power lifting devices, compactors, cardboard bailers, and motor vehicles to pick up, transport, and temporarily store industrial waste and other types of hazardous waste. Visually examines all types of waste containers at generation sites for leakage and other indications of deterioration. Performs safety and operational checks on inventories of all waste handling equipment such as pumps, mixing tanks, and automatic sampling devices.
    Required to assist in the containment, treatment, and cleanup operations resulting from hazardous spills. Performs other duties as
    assigned in the support of Health Care System mission requirements.
    Operates computer terminals to access databases for processing, storing, and shipping requirements. He/she properly maintains manifests, catalogs, and accounts for all hazardous, and non-hazardous waste streams for shipment and disposal. Weighs waste and prepares required shipping documents in accordance with Federal and State regulations. Responsible for ensuring manifest originals, and destruction documents are received back from the waste hauler within 45 days. Develops and implements appropriate controls for safeguarding program materials and assuring the integrity of material custody.
    Performs weekly inspections of the Waste Storage locations to ensure proper containment and physical separation of incompatible wastes.
    Serves as the Recycling Coordinator for location assigned, handling day-today coordination of the recycling program. Has three primary functions:
    Provision of recycling services and operations to all areas of the facility; Reduction in the overall costs related to solid waste disposal through recycling. Responsible for adhering to the Medical Center's Waste Management and Recycling Programs and the required compliance reporting. The collection, removal, and control of all recyclables and wastes generated in the health care facility are essential for ensuring a clean, aesthetically pleasing, and odor-free environment.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00a-3:30p
    Position Description Title/PD#: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    6907 Materials Handler

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592766700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.