GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT
- Under direct supervision of the Area Manager, the Hazardous Waste Worker (HWW) collects and processes infectious waste material while following established protocol as determined by the Environmental Services Department.
- PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Drive the box truck (Diver's License Class D Required)
- Collects infectious waste in storage area; packages and labels boxes for transport according to Department of Transportation's regulations.
- May be required to autoclave infectious waste generated throughout the hospital. After the waste is autoclaved, employee disposes according to the Department of Public Health regulations.
- Notifies Area Manager of any unusual circumstances regarding condition of waste bags such as leakage, packing, breakage, labeling and radioactive waste.
- Meets waste transporters at loading dock, escorts driver to designated pick-up area and signs the necessary manifest documents.
- In the event of a spill, i.e. blood, etc. in this area, thoroughly cleans entire area where spill has occurred according of procedure.
- When necessary, washes and disinfects waste dumpsters/bins and cleans entire floor area, including under the compactor area, in order to maintain a clean and odorless appearance.
- Empties the regular waste into the compactor for disposal.
- When assigned, drives tow motor through the hospital to pick-up and deliver the waste dumpsters.
- Drives a van or light truck outside hospital grounds to pick up and deliver empty and full bins containing trash, medical waste, paper/plastic recycling and/or cardboard.
- Sorts recyclable material such as: plastic, cardboard, glass, cans
- Performs minor repairs/maintenance of dumpsters and flat bed trucks.
- Makes and transports bales of cardboard.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED
- Understands and speaks basic English with writing skills that are generally obtained through completion of high school with one month of on-the-job training.
- Ability to follow detailed specific protocol regarding the handling and disposal of regular and infectious waste.
- Ability to lift heavy boxes of approximately 40 pounds.
- Contacts with staff and general public when working in the Hospital
- Exposure to blood and body fluids, unpleasant odors and infectious waste during majority of the shift.
- Exposure to and possibility of accidental needlestick punctures from infectious waste; but adherence to safety precautions.
- Possibility of receiving cuts and bruises.
- Exposure to a wide range of temperature change occasioned by outside work as well as autoclaving duties.
- Possible exposure to low-level radioactive waste.
- Standing, stooping and lifting the majority of the work shift.
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