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Southwest Hazard Control, Inc.
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​​​Solving Environmental Concerns Since 1982
​​​CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS​​

GENERAL DESCRIPTION​​

Plans, organizes, coordinates, and schedules disposal of hazardous waste from various facilities that SHC has contracts to perform hazardous waste packaging and disposal.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collects, transports, segregates, accumulates, and performs initial assessment for disposal of hazardous waste for various clients; determines proper method of accumulation and disposal based on hazard classes and compatibility of chemicals; packages documents and labels waste for shipment to appropriate disposal facilities pursuant to disposal facility, state, and federal requirements.
  • Coordinates the collection of generated hazardous chemical/radioactive waste; assists in the collection and preparation for final disposal of infectious/bio-hazardous waste.
  • Analyzes and tests unknown hazardous waste streams to identify type of classification and allow for proper disposal.
  • Provides technical guidance related to RCRA (40CFR), Waste characterization and Waste regulation in response to client requests.
  • Evaluates and responds to client phone calls, e-mail and inquiries about RCRA regulations, Waste Management, Waste Characterization, Waste, TCEQ, RCRA, Lab Packs, analytical requirements, type of waste containers recommended, options for waste disposals sites, etc.
  • Confers with the client to obtain accurate and complete information to properly characterize waste.
  • Enters data into client-based software which is used to manage waste characterization data.
  • Supports regulatory compliance through appropriate documentation for lab packs; waste stream characterization and manifesting by reviewing lab pack forms for correct RCRA classification and assign a proper DOT shipping description.
  • Performs waste audits, waste tracking, sampling for waste analysis, develop procedures, and container labeling or placarding.
  • Completes waste profiles including asbestos waste.
  • Correct waste manifests and provides guidance to customers on proper manifesting, labeling and packaging.
  • Operate Material Handling Equipment (MHE), drive transport vehicles, off-load and up-load containers, label containers, perform housekeeping, conduct inspections and assessments.
  • Actively participates in maintaining a safe work environment and supporting a culture of safety as evidenced in approach to daily activities and projects.
  • Assist during hazardous material spill response actions and clean up when required.
  • May supervise or coordinate work activities of subordinates.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Two (2) or more years’ of experience working with hazardous waste, hazardous materials or equivalent.
  • Associate’s degree in chemistry or similar field; may substitute two (2) additional years of experience in related field for each year of college.
  • Knowledgeable of state and federal environmental regulatory framework and processes, specifically RCRA, waste characterization and Waste Regulation, DOT classifications.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in written form to impart technical information and interact with clients and regulatory personnel.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple requests and prioritize client requests within time sensitive deadlines.
  • Effective time management, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Must be a quick learner and able to grasp scientific concepts and apply them to different technical challenges.
  • Must be a self-starter and motivated in producing high-quality results for clients.
  • Must be able to effectively work in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple requests and prioritize client requests within time sensitive deadlines.
  • Qualified applicants who are offered a position are required to pass a pre-employment substance abuse test.
  • United States Citizenship or Naturalized Citizenship is required.
 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules/regulations on hazardous materials management.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials management practices and techniques
  • Skill in safely, effectively and promptly segregating, consolidating and neutralizing excess hazardous materials.
  • Knowledge of chemical compatibility and hazard classes
  • Skill in analyzing hazardous waste
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
 
Preferred Qualifications

  • Current 40 Hour HAZWOPER.
  • RCRA Management of Hazardous Waste Training.
  • DOT Hazmat Ground Shipping.
  • Current driver’s license and proof of fork truck experience (such as previous license) preferred.
  • Additional experience/education may be required by contract or assignment.
 
Physical Requirements/Working Environment

  • Must be able to lift/push/pull minimum of fifty (50) pounds and move five hundred (500) pounds wheeled equipment.
  • Living and working conditions at the assignment location could be remote and uncomfortable.
  • Work may be performed in a non-climate controlled facility; long hours, exposure to weather and hazardous conditions.
  • Ability to travel domestically New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona
 
At Southwest Hazard Control, we have great benefits, 401K, Dental and Health Care, great atmosphere to work, employee's safety a high priority.

Hazmat Specialist

09, April


GENERAL DESCRIPTION
 
The Asbestos Technician will be responsible for various activities in support of the abatement, deconstruction, maintenance and operations of Southwest Hazard Control buildings and facilities. They will perform manual labor to aid in remediation, abatement, deconstruction and demolition of buildings.  The worker performs skilled work to remove asbestos, mold and lead based paint from ceilings, walls, beams, boilers, piping and other structures, following hazardous waste handling guidelines. Depending on training, the asbestos technician might assist in Hazmat projects.
 
The Demolition / Abatement Worker job duties may require some or all of the following:
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  • Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work. Assembles scaffolding and seals off work area, using plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • Positions mobile decontamination unit or portable showers at entrance of work area.
  • Positions portable air evacuation and filtration system inside work area.
  • Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers
  • Assists in demolition and deconstruction activities of buildings
  • Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal
  • Shovels asbestos, mold or paint into plastic disposal bags and seals bags, using duct tape.
  • Cleans work area of loose asbestos, mold or paint, using vacuum, broom, and dust pan.
  • Places asbestos, mold or paint in disposal bags and seals bags, using duct tape, loads bags into truck.
  • Cleans and maintains tools, sampling equipment and lab equipment.
  • Clean contaminated equipment or areas for re-use, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners
  • Responsible for keeping site and grounds clean and neat.
  • Performs daily equipment checks.
  • Picks up necessary supplies and tools from warehouse as directed.
  • Loads and unloads scrap materials into trucks and roll off boxes.
  • Performs work safely in accordance with departmental safety procedures and operates equipment safely.  Reports any unsafe work condition or practice to supervisor.
  • Complete daily walk through inspection with supervisor of the work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards
  • Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods
  • Load/unload materials into containers or onto trucks
  • Stay current with yearly physicals and trainings
  • Performs other related and non-related duties as assigned.
 
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
 
High school Graduate or GED; Valid Driver's License;  Asbestos Certificate/Training required prior to hire (see below).  Prior work experience in an industrial/mechanical or asbestos, mold or lead based paint abatement / removal setting preferred. Operating or working alongside backhoe, forklift or related material handling equipment experience also highly desirable.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
 
  • Knowledge of basic construction and maintenance techniques and practices concerning asbestos, mold or lead based paint removal or demolition and deconstruction operations
  • Ability to operate construction equipment & tools. 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs unaided, stand and climb on ladders, roofs and uneven / unstable surfaces.
  • Ability to follow oral instructions promptly and accurately
  • Ability to work in disagreeable conditions
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships
  • Ability to complete projects in a timely manner.
 
Work Environment 
 
Work is performed primarily in an outside environment or in industrial building areas. There is exposure to high equipment noise, chemical fumes, and potential electric and machinery hazards. Field conditions outdoors are varying weather conditions, with varying low to high equipment noise; walking on changing ground surfaces; and there is some driving in various weather conditions.
 
Special Requirements 
 
Aptitude and ability to complete both Asbestos Worker Certified Training and Air Monitoring Training.  40 hour HAZWOPER Certificate.  Possession of a valid Arizona driver’s license.  Subject to drug screen at any time and without notice.  Take pre-employment and annual physical examinations certifying ability to perform the essential job functions.

Asbestos Technician

09, April

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Please see below prior to submitting an application
Training Required prior to hire for Asbestos Technician!
SHC does not provide an Asbestos Certification, but we do recommend other trainers to help you get started. One of them is The Asbestos Institute: "Based in Phoenix, Arizona, The Asbestos Institute provides a variety of safety training and certification. The Asbestos Institute has been providing EPA – accredited training all over the United States since 1988, the first year of AHERA accredited training. This safety training includes, but is not limited to, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, lead training, hazmat training and asbestos training and certification." - The Asbestos Institue

SHC also recommends ETC as an option for getting your Asbestos Certification. ETC Compliance Solutions provides "safety and environmental training and consulting services throughout Arizona, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa and Germany in the areas of OSHA, HAZWOPER, DOT, IATA, MSHA, EPA, RCRA, Asbestos and Lead". - ETC

Arizona Training Resources

The Asbestos Institute
ETC Compliace Solutions
If you are based in New Mexico, you can contact DC Environmental for training services. "DC Environmental Inc. is an Environmental Consulting and Training Company providing a wide range of solutions to private business, government and industrial clients." - EC Environmental

New Mexico Training Resources

DC Environmental