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Hazardous Materials Specialist

Salary: Hazardous Materials Specialist I (#3858)

$20.97-$25.60 hourly / $3,647-$4,452 monthly / Range: 5434

Hazardous Materials Specialist II (#3859)

$24.23-$29.58 hourly / $4,214-$5,145 monthly / Range: 5724

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, conducts inspections and investigations in the enforcement of hazardous materials regulations; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Specialist I: This is the entry-level class into the professional Hazardous Materials Specialist series. Incumbents perform the less complex professional work in inspection, evaluation, and approval of permit applications and regulatory inspections of storage, generation, and treatment facilities. Initially work is performed under close supervision; as incumbents gain technical skills, work is performed more independently. Specialist II: This is the journey-level class of the Hazardous Materials Specialist series-incumbents are responsible for more technical enforcement, site remediation, and consultation with industry. Incumbents may be assigned duties in the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) program, providing regulatory enforcement within a district; or in the LUFT/SMU program, providing regulatory oversight to site mitigation and cleanup Countywide. Work is performed under general supervision.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

CUPA District Specialist: The district specialist is responsible for implementation of the CUPA program in an assigned district, and Countywide emergency response and complaint investigation.

1. Reviews and approves facility Hazardous Material Business Plans to assure proper communication of chemical inventory, and assure appropriate emergency preparedness planning is taking place. Conducts inspections to verify compliance with business plan regulations, including determinations regarding Cal-Accidental Release Program and Risk Management Plan facilities.
2. Provides regulatory oversight for facilities that operate underground and aboveground storage tanks to ensure proper regulatory compliance and minimize safety risk; analyzes blueprints and drawings of facilities to assess feasibility and safety of storage of hazardous materials; inspects sites to ensure regulatory compliance; examines equipment, takes samples, and performs analysis to properly evaluate compliance and risk.
3. Provides regulatory oversight of hazardous waste generators; conducts inspections to ensure regulatory compliance in storage, treatment, handling, minimization, transportation, disposal, and record keeping related to the generation of hazardous waste.
4. Provides Countywide emergency response to hazardous material spills, leaks, and other reported hazardous material emergencies to minimize or prevent general health and/or environmental risk from contamination; identifies hazardous waste, assesses public health/safety risk, takes appropriate measures to mitigate waste hazard, and establishes cleanup procedures; determines probable sources of waste, and contacts appropriate agencies; oversees remediation efforts to ensure proper cleanup.
5. Conducts routine periodic inspections within assigned district to evaluate ongoing compliance; conducts compliance investigations within district at both permitted and unpermitted sites; conducts investigations, gathers evidence, samples hazardous and other suspect materials, and analyzes data to properly assess regulatory compliance.
6. Interprets and applies complex laws and regulations concerning storage, use, and regulation of hazardous materials; provides information on laws and regulation to the public and other agencies.
7. Assists in the training of new staff; conducts training sessions on topics identified by management.
8. Coordinates joint inspections with other interested agencies, as directed by management.
9. Assures that all paperwork associated with each program is completed in a timely manner, as per policy, and is accurate and representative of conditions identified during the facility inspection.

LUFT/SMU: The LUFT/SMU specialist is responsible for implementation of the Leaking Underground Fuel Tank Program, the Site Mitigation Program, the Oilfield Restoration Program, and Countywide emergency response and complaint investigation.

1. Oversees the investigation and remediation of reported spills and leaks, and spills and leaks requiring long-term remediation; reviews and analyzes risk and remediation plans to evaluate the viability of the proposed cleanup, and to confirm that cleanup objectives meet regulatory requirements; provides professional consultation on remediation to agency representatives to improve remediation efforts; investigates and reviews cleanup processes to confirm compliance with regulations.
2. Conducts site investigations, gathers evidence, samples hazardous and other suspect materials, and analyzes data to properly assess regulatory compliance; performs remedial technology review; interacts with responsible parties and their representatives; conducts routine periodic inspections of assigned LUFT and SMU sites to ensure that cleanup objectives are being met, and that regulatory requirements are followed
3. Investigates and oversees the cleanup of oilfield sumps; reviews ongoing cleanup efforts to verify timely progress and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements; provides consultative service to public agencies, industry, and third-party consultants to ensure effective cleanup and remediation
4. Provides Countywide emergency response to hazardous material spills, leaks, and other reported hazardous material emergencies to minimize or prevent general health and/or environmental risk from contamination; identifies hazardous waste, assesses public health/safety risk, takes appropriate measures to mitigate waste hazard, and establishes cleanup procedures; determines probable sources of waste, and contacts appropriate agencies; oversees remediation efforts to ensure proper cleanup.
5. Interprets and applies complex laws and regulations concerning remediation and cleanup of hazardous materials; provides information on laws and regulation to the public and other agencies.
6. Assists in the training of new staff; conducts training sessions on special topics as requested by management.
7. Coordinates joint inspections with other interested agencies, as directed by management.
8. Assures that all paperwork associated with each program is completed in a timely manner, as per policy, and is accurate and representative of conditions identified during the facility inspection.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Specialist I:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in environmental science, physical science, environmental or chemical engineering, biology, industrial hygiene, public health, chemistry, geology, or a related field; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities
.

Additional Requirements: A valid California Class C Driver's License is required by time of appointment. Completion of OSHA-required Hazardous Waste Site Worker Operational Certificate is also required within the first year of employment.

Knowledge of: principles of general chemistry, physics, biology, and geology; standard laboratory techniques, equipment, and terminology; standard sampling techniques; principles and methods of statistical analysis; standard word processing and spreadsheet software; standard English grammar, spelling, and usage.

Ability to: learn the properties of hazardous materials and their impact on the surrounding environment; learn the methods and procedures employed in the regulatory oversight of hazardous substances; learn to conduct and analyze risk assessments; learn to sample contaminated media and conduct field analysis using a variety of chemical tests and direct reading instruments; learn to evaluate chemical lists for hazard potential and adequacy of emergency plans; learn the technology, methods, problems and investigative techniques relating to hazardous substances, hazardous waste and underground storage tanks; learn ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards as well as State and federal laws and regulations related to the storage, use, and disposal of hazardous substances; learn to respond to emergency incidents and conduct complaint investigations involving spills or other releases of hazardous substances, within the ICS (Incident Command System) or Department-sanctioned system; learn local and regional industry practices in the management of hazardous substances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with business representatives, community groups, other agencies, staff, and the public; organize and prioritize work; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; operate and care for laboratory equipment; communicate effectively in oral and written form.

Specialist II:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in environmental science, physical science, engineering, biology, industrial hygiene, public health, chemistry, geology, or a related field AND one year of experience in hazardous materials management, industrial hygiene, or toxicology; or,
2. one year of experience as a Hazardous Materials Specialist I with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: A valid California Class C Driver's License is required by time of appointment. Completion of OSHA-required Hazardous Waste Site Worker Operational Certificate is also required within the first year of employment.

Knowledge of: current practices in fields of engineering, environmental science, and public health as they relate to hazardous materials management; water quality, liquid and solid waste management; underground tank technology; industrial hygiene; chemistry and laboratory techniques to identify hazardous substances and epidemiological hazards; a working knowledge for review and implementation of risk assessments techniques practices and procedures; ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards; State and federal laws and regulations applicable to the management of hazardous substances; general industry practices in the management of hazardous substances; hazardous waste storage and underground storage tanks; computer and mathematical modeling; emergency response procedures within the ICS (Incident Command System) or Department-sanctioned system; rules of evidence; investigation, regulatory oversight, and environmental sampling techniques and standards.

Ability to: read and interpret blue prints and engineering drawings and specs for proper construction of monitoring wells, underground storage tanks and other related projects; coordinate enforcement and emergency response efforts with other agencies; gather evidence, statements from suspects and/or witnesses, environmental samples, analytical data and photographs and accurately testify in court as an expert witness; analyze inspection and investigative findings and prepare clear, concise reports and recommendations; rapidly analyze information and make quick and accurate decisions in emergency situations; interpret complex legislative documents; establish and maintain effective working relationships with business representatives, community groups, other agencies, staff, and the public; communicate effectively in oral and written form.

 



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