• Hazardous Materials Technician I

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Overview

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    The Hazardous Materials Technician performs daily collection and processing of laboratory waste and daily maintenance of hazardous chemical inventory database. Assists with the lab safety audit and fire and life safety programs.


    • Pick-up hazardous chemical and radioactive waste from laboratories on a daily basis
    • Segregate waste into hazard classes and package for off-site disposal. Consolidate waste solvents into 55 gallon drums
    • Monitor and rotate radioactive waste for decay. Survey and dispose of radioactive waste
    • Bar-code chemicals as they are received daily. Rinse, dispose, and delete empty bottles from inventory. Maintain and update laboratory chemical inventories periodically
    • Conduct laboratory safety audits and hazardous waste compliance inspections of laboratories and other departments
    • Maintain hazardous waste storage facility and inventory of hazardous waste and spill supplies
    • Assist with development, implementation, and presentation of hazardous waste and EH&S policies and training programs
    • Respond to chemical spills as required
    • Maintain Center first aid kits as required
    • Perform other responsibilities as required


    • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or closely related scientific field with college-level chemistry and laboratory experience OR equivalent working experience
    • Ability to push heavy carts, lift 50 lb / 5-gallon carboys, and move 500 lb / 55 gallon drums using drum dolly
    • Ability to wear personal protective equipment including a full-facepiece respirator
    • Previous experience in hazardous waste handling and chemical lab-pack procedures is desired
    • Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite and other databases
    • Current 24 hr. HAZWOPER, RCRA and DOT certifications are desired

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    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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