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INCINERATOR OPERATOR

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INCINERATOR OPERATOR
602I
Abolished Date: 2015-08-14

Definition

Under general direction, independently operate, maintain and perform minor repairs on a medium-sized (750-1200 pounds per hour capacity) medical/pathological incinerator.  Monitor computerized incinerator operating system and respond to system failures.  This is a single class, not part of a series.

Typical Work

Respond to system failures and take corrective action; 

Document violations of operating permit and work with appropriate health and safety offices to return system to normal operating conditions;  

Coordinate and direct the work of journey-level personnel in the repair and maintenance of incinerator systems;  

Quantify waste and determine loading levels; 

Evaluate the suitability of wastes to be incinerated; 

Handle and store wastes safely; 

Start, load, and adjust equipment for proper incineration of materials; 

Handle and dispose of ash and other residual material from incineration; 

Record equipment operation conditions such as time, weight, primary and secondary chamber temperatures, etc. and report any abnormalities; 

Take preventative or emergency action to control malfunctions such as close valves, adjust bypass, or shut down equipment; 

Perform minor equipment repairs and maintenance such as removing and cleaning nozzles, making minor adjustments to valves, instruments, or burners; 

Drive vehicles to collect and transport biohazardous materials; 

Maintain cleanliness of area surrounding incinerator; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Certified as a Hazardous Waste Incinerator Operator.

Desirable Qualifications

Physical ability to perform required work such as, heavy lifting, wearing a heavy respirator AND one year of experience in the operation of an incinerator 

OR 

equivalent education/experience.

OR 

Ability to obtain certification no later than three months after date of initial employment.

Class Specification History

New class adopted effective March 7, 1973.
Class abolished effective October 20, 1986.
Class re-established, revisions; adopted August 2, 1991.
Revise class: adopted November 9, 2001.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 5270), general revision, deletes basic function, revises distinguishing characteristics, changes distinguishing characteristics to definition; adopted
May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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