Perform, under minimal supervision, a wide variety of complex tasks related to the collection and disposal of chemical waste requiring practical understanding and advanced knowledge of chemical hazardous waste and applicable regulations.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collect and transport chemical waste from various locations across the entire Vanderbilt campus to a main processing facility in a safe and secure manner.
Organize and coordinate waste shipments with chemical waste vendor. Verify vendor compliance with DOT regulations and sign hazardous waste manifests.
Organize and supervise neutralization of highly hazardous compounds.
Segregate, label, mark, and store all chemical waste containers in accordance to all applicable DOT and EPA regulations.
Process chemical waste containers per departmental and site specifications and in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Bulk various chemical solvents for consolidation disposal per all applicable regulations.
Consolidate waste chemicals into labpacks for disposal per EPA and DOT regulations and waste vendor protocols.
Support laboratory safety and close out programs.
Respond to emergencies, be an active member of the VEHS hazardous materials response team, and act as lead for chemical spill cleanups across the Vanderbilt campus.
Track chemical waste in database and prepare quarterly waste generation and financial reports.
Maintain the chemical redistribution program.
Prepare annual hazardous waste reports in accordance with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regulations.
Participate in the emergency pager rotation.
Maintain the department vehicle.
Participate in regulatory inspections as needed.
Other duties as required
This is a demanding and highly visible position that calls for diplomatic interaction with all levels of faculty, staff and administrators through the Vanderbilt community. This person will be required to communicate in a courteous and professional manner to all clients at all times.
Demonstrate knowledge of both chemical regulations per DOT, EPA, OSHA, and TDEC authorities.
Demonstrate proper PPE protection methods for all duties related to hazardous materials.
Knowledge of various instrumentation techniques including the pH meter and various other laboratory instruments.
Knowledge of chemical waste processing techniques such as labpacking, bulking, DOT shipping regulations, and chemical segregation requirements.
Have the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing. Demonstrate computer skills with various database, word processing and spreadsheet software. Demonstrate the ability to collect data, maintain file order, evaluate facts, and assemble them in an orderly fashion.
Indirect supervision of waste vendors
Requires a Baccalaureate degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Engineering, or other related area. Requires minimum three years prior experience in chemical safety, chemical waste management or other related field
Ability to successfully complete all required VEHS safety training.
Work requires long periods of standing, walking, and the ability to lift items of 50 pounds or more and carting full 55-gallon drums. Requires the ability to be properly fit-tested for a full-face respirator and to pass medical surveillance requirements to act as member of VEHS Emergency Response team.
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