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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3524

Class Designation: Civil Service

August 1992

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


Hazardous Materials Specialist


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

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Hazardous Materials Analyst in that the incumbent is the entry level position in the professional hazardous materials series and performs more routine work which requires the application of fundamental principles and practices. Distinguished from the Fire Inspector in that an incumbent does not hold peace officer status and does not fight fires.

Examples Of Duties

  • Develops Hazardous Materials Business Plan Requirements and reviews plans for sufficiency and accuracy.
  • Identifies businesses requiring hazardous materials disclosure; develops and prepares disclosure surveys of hazardous materials users.
  • Conducts safety inspections of selected chemical users and makes recommendations to reduce hazardous materials accidents; visits business sites of hazardous materials users to verify accuracy of business plans and chemical inventories; maintains inventory of chemicals used by local businesses and enters data into computer; identifies and categorizes chemicals and other substances which may be hazardous materials.
  • Reviews plans for underground storage of chemicals and conducts inspections of underground storage tank installation, modification, and removal for regulatory compliance.
  • Develops and evaluates methods utilized to provide hazardous materials information and data to be used by the Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team.
  • Interprets and applies Federal, State, County and City laws and regulations related to hazardous materials use and storage; recommends prosecution for violations of hazardous materials laws or regulations.
  • Prepares reports and makes recommendations related to hazardous materials matters.
  • Maintains environmental information related to hazardous materials for public access.
  • May review Risk Management and Prevention Programs for compliance.
  • Monitors fee structure for Business Plans and underground storage tank program and assesses fees to be collected from hazardous materials users.
  • Minimum Qualifications

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

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


    No experience is required.


    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.
    Familiarity with safety requirements for hazardous material use, handling, storage, disposal or inspection is desirable.