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Household Hazardous Waste Technician I/II

Effective: 07/01/08
Range G-52, G-56
Respirator Class: 1


Perform a variety of tasks in the handling of hazardous waste collected from both households and conditionally exempt small quantity generators at the District's Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Household Hazardous Waste Technician I/II will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator at all times to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Household Hazardous Waste Technician I

This is the entry level class in the Household Hazardous Waste Technician series and is distinguished from the II level by the more limited ability to perform the full range of duties as required within each of the areas comprising the Collection Facility without immediate supervision.       

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from the Source Control Superintendent and general supervision from the Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor and technical supervision from the lead technician.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Properly identify waste for segregation, packaging, bulking, and transportation per applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations such as those found in California Title 22 and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.
  • Perform general labor at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility including site set up, clean up, facility maintenance, inventory, routine inspection, bulking, unloading and lab packing of hazardous wastes.
  • Respond appropriately to spills and releases of hazardous wastes by either performing containment and clean up or activating emergency response protocols.
  • Prepare and load shipments of hazardous waste.
  • Operate certain equipment including, but not limited to, trucks, forklifts, pumps, generators, compactors, and pressure washers.
  • Perform hazardous categorization tests to identify unknown materials for proper labeling and subsequent disposal.
  • Transport hazardous waste, as necessary, including batteries to local recyclers and waste from possible future satellite facilities to the HHWCF.
  • Respond to inquiries and provide information to the public; present positive public image of the District.
  • Fill in for lead technicians when directed.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Household Hazardous Waste Technician I


Knowledge of:

  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Forklift and/or other facility equipment operation.
  • Personal protective equipment and levels of protection required.
  • Principles and practices of good customer relations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know, remember, understand, interpret and explain procedures, rules, regulations and safety precautions; intermittently analyze household hazardous waste, observe collection and disposal of waste, problem solve best way to get work done.
  • Intermittently sit at desk; walk and stand while collecting and packaging household hazardous waste; bend, squat, kneel, and twist; perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation; use telephone; lift or carry weight of 75 pounds or less.
  • Sample, analyze and package household hazardous waste and conditionally exempt small quantity generator waste.
  • Wear protective clothing and glasses.
  • Communicate effectively in English.
  • Operate a forklift and other facility equipment.
  • Read and interpret labels, specifications, regulations and related material.
  • Perform routine inspections of facility to maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Operate a personal computer to input data such as records and inventory.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those encountered in the course of work.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Work shifts, weekends, nights and holidays as assigned and/or changed. Days and hours may be changed periodically in order to meet public demand and increased volume of waste to be collected.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to wear respiratory protection equipment for chemical exposure protection.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • One year hazardous waste experience or equivalent.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Passing of annual physical examination.
  • Successful completion of the following training:
    1. Forty hours of training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 29 CFR 1910.120 and eight hours of annual HAZWOPER refresher training in compliance with regulations.
    2. Eight hours of general household hazardous waste training.
    3. Eight hours of annual cardio pulmonary resuscitation and first aid training and certification.
    4. Four hours of household hazardous waste screening training.
    5. Thirty-two hours of Haz Cat certification training.
    6. Forklift certification training.
  • Department of Transportation training 49CFR - HM126, HM181 and HM232

Household Hazardous Waste Technician II

In addition to the qualifications for Household Hazardous Waste Technician I:

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Eighteen months of experience comparable to that of a Household Hazardous Waste Technician I in the District.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Successful completion of refresher course training.

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