Chemist, Hazardous Waste

  • Waste Management
  • Emelle, AL, USA
  • Nov 18, 2019
Full time Air Quality Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Waste Management - Recycling Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Job Summary

Performs basic laboratory tasks, assists chemists, sets up routine lab parameters, and maintains logs.  Complies with QA/QC policies and procedures.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other minor duties may be assigned. 

  • Receives waste samples, Waste Analysis Report, and time card from Assistant Technician.
  • Understands and certified to perform the quality criteria required by the Lab Tech I and Tech II positions to include:

            a.         GC Orientation                                 e.         Solvent Analysis

            b.         PCB Prep                                          f.          PCB Analysis

            c.         Solvent Prep                                    g.         ICP Analysis

            d.         Metals Prep                                     h.         Mercury Analysis

  • Completes record-keeping on sampling procedures according to standards.
  • Cleans equipment and maintains housekeeping standards in work area.
  • Performs testing and analysis requiring technical knowledge and expertise in handling hazardous waste.
  • Makes independent decisions within standard practices as well as creative judgments in modifying or adapting existing methods, techniques, and procedures. Directs unusual problems or discrepancies to supervisor. 
  • Utilizes working knowledge of lab protocol, chemical terminology, and waste codes. 
  • Required to read, use basic mathematics, and complete records and logs.  Position requires a high level of concentration and close mental and visual attention
  • Reference site-specific procedures and more detailed site-specific job descriptions.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

 Education and Experience

  • Education: BS degree in science ( chemistry, Environmental, Biology )

  Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements New Employee Training

  • RCRA
  • HAZWOPER (24 Hour)
  • DOT


  • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
  • Superfund Amendment & Reauthorization Act (SARA)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • Hazardous Waste Transportation Act (HWTA)
  • Code of Federal Regulation (CFR 40, 29, & 49)
  • Contingency Plan
  • Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)
  • Security Plan
  • Hazwoper
  • Standard Division Practices (per department) (SDPs)

Refresher Training As Required By Law

  • RCRA
  • Hazwoper
  • DOT

Medical Exam

  • Pre Employment Physical and Drug Test
  • Complete Physical Biennially
  • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), Audiogram and Respirator Fit Test annual
  • Physical at Termination


  • Respirators – Full face OV/AG or half face with face shield
  • Full face supplied air in some arrears
  • Suit – Appropriate Barrier Suite:  Liquid – yellow Tyvek with sleeves, apron, booties Solid – white Tyvek
  • Gloves – appropriate to hazards present – PVC over Nitrile or Butyl (Liquid Waste) Leather Work (Solid Waste), Leather/Cloth work (when handling equipment or containers)
  • Overshoes – Vinyl Booties – Waterproof Boots – Chemical Resistant Boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard Hats
  • Shoes - Steel Toe

Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

  • None required.

Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

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