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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Kansas City, Kansas
United States
Job Categories:
EH&S Technician
Environmental Technician
Industry Segments:
Academic/Educational sector, Healthcare/Hospitals/Medical
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
Reference Number:

Biohazard Technician (Environmental)

About KU Medical Center:
The University of Kansas Medical Center’s mission is to educate exceptional health care professionals through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. KU Medical Center also advances the health sciences through world-class research programs; provides compassionate and state-of-the-art patient care in an academic medical center environment; and works with communities in every Kansas county to improve the health of Kansans. Learn more at www.kumc.edu.

KU Medical Center proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package through the state of Kansas, with flexible options designed to meet the diverse needs of our faculty and staff.  To learn more about our options for medical, vision, dental and other insurances, as well as our generous time off policies and retirement options, please visit http://www.kumc.edu/human-resources/benefitsrewards.html. 

Biohazard Technician

Position Summary:
Responsible for collecting and disposal of biological waste generated on campus.  Keeps abreast of local, federal and state guidelines regarding the collection and disposal of biological waste to maintain the highest degree of safety for the campus.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate the proper disposal of hazardous materials, including: Pick-up biohazardous waste from research laboratories and clinics and prepare the material to be shipped off site adhering to DOT and OSHA regulations and maintain a clean and storage area.  Assists with collection and disposal of Chemical Waste.
  • Ensure that university autoclaves are operating properly.  This process includes:  Assist personnel in trouble shooting autoclave issues and contacting the appropriate maintenance personnel when necessary.  Run biological spore indicators quarterly on all autoclaves, maintain records of results and notify autoclave monitors of any deviations.
  • Conduct and track safety evaluations of facilities areas and research laboratories to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.  This includes having a thorough understanding of pertinent regulations, various kinds of sampling equipment, laboratory alarm systems and lab equipment associated with EHS responsibilities.
  • Decontaminate equipment used in biohazardous laboratory experiments.
  • Emergency Management:  Help investigate and mitigate accidents, spills, losses, thefts, unauthorized receipts, uses, transfers, disposals, misadministration, and other deviations from approved safety practices involving hazardous agents and implement corrective actions as necessary.  This will include being on-call after hours.  Operates as an alternate emergency coordinator as outlined in the University's Contingency Plan.
  • Approve radioactive isotope orders, pick-up radioactive shipments and properly check them in.
  • Serve as an educational resource to faculty, university personnel, outside regulatory personnel and EHS office staff regarding environmental federal and state regulations and KUMC policies.
  • Participate in required training which includes, but is not limited to: An introductory training related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act within 30 days of hire.  This training shall include, but is not limited to, online training, review of the University's Contingency Plan and on-the-job training.  An annual training related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  This training shall include, but is not limited to, online training, review of the University's Contingency Plan and on-the-job training.  Annual Radiation Safety, Biosafety, Bloodborne Pathogen, Hazardous Communication, and HAZWOPER training.
  • Assist with the development of EHS plans, policies and training.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science etc.) or at least three years' experience in the performance of the principal accountabilities described herein.
  • Relevant experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DOT Hazardous Materials regulations and OSHA regulations. 
  • 40 hour hazwoper certified. 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. 
  • Must be able to wear a negative pressure respirator. 
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise independent judgment and work successfully in a highly regulated environment which demands consistent accuracy and attention to detail. 
  • Strong oral and written communications skills with the ability to interact professionally with faculty and staff. 
  • Demonstrated reliability and a proven work ethic. 
  • Familiar with basic Microsoft office suite programs. 
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities with numerous professionals in preparing materials for deadlines. 
  • Ability to legally drive a university owned vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with: research laboratories, biohazard cleanup, emergency response, mercury spill cleanup, chemotherapy spill clean-up, infection control, respiratory protection and fume hood surveys.

KU Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

Application Instructions:
To learn more and apply online, please use the "Apply for this job" link on this page.

*Applications must be submitted directly through the KU Medical Center website to be considered for this position. Any applications submitted via email or this website will NOT be reviewed or considered.