HJF is seeking a Hazardous Waste Management Chemist to support the Environmental Health and Occupational Safety Department (EHOS) located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to EHOS.
Incumbent provides hazardous waste management and compliance services to Environmental Health and Occupational Safety Department and USU under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Serves as the hazardous waste management specialist for the university 90-day central accumulation area in support of for all USU work centers and personnel to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Executes Hazardous Waste Management Plan; determines appropriate storage methods, coordinates with certified disposal company to properly package and ship hazardous waste. (15%)
- Performs and manages hazardous waste activities to include collecting, segregating and packaging as well as anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling exposure(s) to chemical and physical hazards. Performs inspections, training, and correction for hazardous material storage and spill prevention and readiness in support of the USU Chemical Hygiene Plan. Performs inspections of satellite accumulation areas to identify and evaluate conditions which may be hazardous to workers’ health. Recommend measures to eliminate or control identified hazards. (35%)
- Prepares and submits local, state, and federally required reports regarding university hazardous waste activities. Write and review standard operating procedures and required program documents for hazardous waste management as necessary. (10%)
- Provides on the spot corrective actions and training as necessary and complete customer support to include assistance with hazardous chemical storage areas, satellite accumulation areas, spill management and other hazardous waste management requirements. (10%)
- Provide training for USU employees and visitors as required by the Hazardous Waste Management Plan and Chemical Hygiene Plan. (15%)
- Assist with industrial hygiene operations as required. Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety. (15%)
- May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Competent skills with all Microsoft Office 2010 and Google suite programs. Effectively communicate in written and oral presentation. Possess strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work in a Joint Service environment which includes enlisted, officers, contract, and civilian personnel. Proficiency and skill in the hazardous waste operations applicable to university laboratory setting. Ability to obtain local, state and federal certifications as determined necessary for proper execution of the hazardous waste management program.
Minimum Education: Associate degree in chemistry, industrial hygiene, occupational health, or related field required. Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: Minimum 3-5 years of relevant work experience required.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Ability to obtain local, state and federal certifications as determined necessary for proper execution of the University’s Hazardous Waste management program. Must have current Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration training requirements prior to assuming hazardous waste management duties and/or before handling of hazardous materials.
Physical Capabilities: Requires lifting materials up to 35 lbs. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, or exposure to chemicals. Ability to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and to operate surveillance/monitoring equipment when conducting work-site hazard evaluations. Primarily office, but with significant time in hazardous waste storage area and recurring requirement to conduct work-site evaluations which are typically laboratory areas. Must respond to emergency situations.
Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).
Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.