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Environmental Health and Risk Management Technician

California Department of Education
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

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Employer Sector
Technology, ICT & Telecoms
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Environmental Health and Risk Management Technician Salary: $61,528.00 - $75,672.00 Annually Location: Districtwide, CA Job Type: Permanent Division: DO Operations Job Number: Closing: 4/11/:59 PM Pacific General Purpose Under general supervision, performs responsible and moderately complex technical and administrative duties in support of the District's Environmental Health and Risk Management department and its programs; conducts regular field inspections Districtwide and ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and applicable policies and procedures; incumbents are required to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control environmental health and safety hazards; and perform other related duties as assigned. Essential Duties & Responsibilities The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class. Conducts routine inspections of facilities, worksites, equipment, operational practices and devices to ensure compliance with safety standards and District policies; reports findings and recommends corrective action to establish safe work conditions; monitors changes and conducts follow-up inspections as needed; observes and reinforces employee compliance with occupational and environmental regulations; promotes recommendations for appropriate safety procedures. Performs duties to ensure District Policies are observed in compliance with the California Health and Safety Code, and California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) regulations by maintaining currency with new and pending legislation related to health and safety in addition to directives, codes and guidelines; adapts and incorporates applicable provisions into assigned safety and emergency preparedness services and activities. Investigates possible health and safety violations, accidents and hazardous materials incidents; identifies and reports safety hazards and other violations of standards to the District; implements strategies to prevent violation recurrence; participates in and may facilitate established environmental health and safety workplace training. Assists safety workgroups with maintenance of CalOSHA SDSs (Safety Data Sheets); ensures the safe handling of biohazard and hazardous waste management, storage and disposal, and hazardous chemicals; maintains hazardous materials and waste inventory and databases for Certified Unified Program Agency Cal-EPA permitting. Provides support in the response to emergency situations related to chemical and biological hazards or conditions and takes appropriate action; establishes safe perimeters for and provides technical input in the cleanup and removal of hazardous material spills; provides personal protective equipment needed for emergency responses. Maintains and updates District environmental and workplace safety procedures as well as other local, state and nationally recognized safety standards to ensure compliance; evaluates the District's employees' exposure to physical, chemical and biological hazards; implements and documents scientific and regulatorily compliant corrections and controls. Creates and maintains a variety of standard and specialized records, databases and spreadsheets requiring data interpretation and manipulation; drafts, formats, types, proofreads and edits a variety of statistical and narrative reports, documents, forms and correspondence; assists with technical presentations and meetings; performs routine project and expense tracking; reviews documents for accuracy and compliance requirements. Conducts research into relevant topics and compliance laws; advises EH&RM management and department staff on technical and administrative matters related to assigned safety and risk mitigation tasks; explains policies, procedures, programs and services including clarification of department processes and procedures. Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District. OTHER DUTIES May represent the department on college committees and ad hoc groups. May provide basic first-aid and be required to call emergency responders. Interacts with other departments and with state and federal programs on behalf of the EH&RM department. Tracks inventory of internal department supplies and equipment and provides updates on necessary restocking; receives and organizes supplies and equipment; orders approved items and quantities. Performs related duties as assigned. Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of: Environmental and occupational health and safety principles and practices including Cal/OSHA regulations and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973. District operations and associated potential health and safety issues and mitigations/avoidance opportunities. California Health and Safety Code. Principles and techniques of environmental and occupational health and safety and accident prevention. Practices for administering effective health and safety training, programs and materials. Federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials and waste commonly associated with educational and industrial operations. Methods and practices for conducting accident and workplace safety audits and investigations. Safe construction and maintenance activities including access control, environmental and occupational laws and regulations, and best practices concerning their potential to impact employees, students, and the public. Standard safety equipment and its appropriate application. Practices and techniques of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation. College and District organization, rules, policies and procedures applicable to departmental and division operations. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the assignment. District general accounting systems operations, practices and procedures. Modern office practices and equipment including computers and use of applicable software programs and proprietary software. Local, state and federal regulations as well as nationally recognized health and safety standards. California Education Code, Personnel Commission Rules, Board Policies and Administrative Policies. Skills and Abilities to: Identify and analyze environmental health, and safety deficiencies and risks, evaluate alternative practices, and make appropriate recommendations. Organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility. Conduct accident and workplace safety investigations. Understand, interpret, and apply all applicable laws, codes and regulations. Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations in accordance with laws, regulations, rules and policies. Maintain confidentiality of information. Compose clear, concise and comprehensive analyses, correspondence, reports, studies, agreements, presentations and other written materials from brief instructions. Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Track statistical information utilizing complex spreadsheets and databases. Operate a computer and use standard business software. Represent the District effectively in interactions with employees, students, contractors and regulatory agencies. Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, and two years of directly related work experience in hazardous materials management, regulation analysis, environmental research, occupational monitoring, surveillance, enforcement or resource recovery; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTSA valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program. The following valid certifications must be obtained within one (1) year from hire: OSHA ten (10) hour certification. HAZWOPER forty (40) hour certification. Certified water sampler training. Certifications of ICS training series 100, 200 and 300. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDSThe physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Physical DemandsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; perform repetitive movements of hands or wrists; climb or balance on ladders or stairs; stoop, kneel, bend at the waist, crouch or crawl; and smell. The employee is required to lift up to 50 pounds unaided.Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, use of both eyes, depth perception, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.Mental DemandsWhile performing the duties of this class, an employee uses written and oral communication skills; reads and interprets data . click apply for full job details

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