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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3525

Class Designation: Civil Service

August 1992

Representation Unit: Engineers Assoc. &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Hazardous Materials Analyst


Under supervision, performs complex responsible technical and professional work in a variety of hazardous material program areas and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Hazardous Materials Specialist in that the incumbent is the journey level position in the professional hazardous materials series and performs more complex work. Distinguished from the Hazardous Materials Officer (Battalion Chief) in that the incumbent is not responsible for the operations of the hazardous materials program and does not hold peace officer status.

Examples Of Duties

  • Conducts qualitative analysis of chemical processes;
  • analyzes Risk Management and Prevention Programs to determine their sufficiency; inspects acutely hazardous materials use facilities to ensure compliance with Risk Management and Prevention Programs.
  • Provides technical advice and makes recommendations regarding safety inspections of chemical users to reduce hazardous materials accidents; advises the public regarding the proper handling of acutely hazardous materials and emergency response to accidents.
  • Identifies and categorizes chemicals and other substances which may be hazardous materials.
  • Monitors, interprets and applies Federal, State, County, and City laws and regulations related to hazardous materials; initiates prosecution for violations of hazardous materials laws or regulations.
  • Prepares reports and makes recommendations on matters related to hazardous materials.
  • Serves as staff to the Chemical Board and may serve as a board member.
  • Establishes and maintains the program for public access to environmental information related to hazardous materials.
  • Coordinates the hazardous materials information program used by the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team.
  • Represents the Torrance Fire Department to various agencies, associations, and organizations on issues associated with hazardous materials.
  • Attends City Council and other meetings to provide technical advice and information on codes, laws, regulations and technical issues related to hazardous materials.
  • Reviews acutely hazardous materials inquiries and coordinates hazardous material surveys.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Practices, techniques, and equipment used in the storage, handling, and use of hazardous materials.
  • Inspection, measurement, and analytical techniques used to identify hazardous materials and determine proper handling.
  • Practices, techniques and equipment used in municipal fire department operations.
  • Manufacturing and other operations that can produce hazardous materials.
  • Chemistry, chemical processes and effects of hazardous materials.
  • Hazardous chemical safety and health laws and standards.
  • Computers and computer generated dispersion modeling techniques.
  • Ability To
  • Evaluate practices, facilities, and equipment for the handling, use, and storage of hazardous materials according to appropriate standards, codes and general health and safety criteria.
  • Read and interpret piping and instrument diagrams and process flow diagrams.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, County, and City codes, laws, and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials.
  • Conduct field and office investigations and inspections to insure compliance with hazardous materials codes, laws, and regulations.
  • Collect, compile, analyze, and interpret hazardous materials data and data on chemical processes.
  • Maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgement.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, developers, manufacturers, employees of other agencies and the public.
  • Work as a team member in evaluating alternative courses of action and making recommendations to solve problems related to hazardous materials issues.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Shift priorities as department workload demands require.
  • License Required

    A valid California Driver's License of the appropriate class or grade.


    Two years of recent experience in the use, handling, storage, disposal or inspection of hazardous materials.


    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related field which included courses such as Environmental Health Science, Toxicology, and Industrial Hygiene.

    A Master's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Health Science, Toxicology or related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.