Building Hazardous Materials Technician

City of Vancouver


Building Hazardous Materials Technician

Requisition ID: 15028 

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.
Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
Main Purpose and Function
This is technical field work of an inspectional nature in a comprehensive hazardous building materials control program for City-owned and occupied facilities and infrastructure. The Hazardous Building Materials Technician conducts hazardous building material assessments, prepares reports on severity and location of the hazards and procedures for the safe removal; carries out encapsulation or small quantity removal; and maintains the City’s Hazardous Materials Inventory Database.
Employees in this class also prepare hazardous building materials removal and retrofit project specifications, and participate in contractor selection and monitor the project; and coordinate hazardous materials awareness training for City employees in various departments.  Supervision is not close in the field; the Hazardous Building Materials Technician must exercise independent judgment and ensure that safe working practices are followed.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The temporary position within the Hazardous Building Materials Team would be responsible for the following duties:
  • Conducts surveys and sampling for hazardous building materials such as asbestos and lead.
  • Prepares hazardous building materials assessment reports with sample results and recommendations.
  • Carries out emergency encapsulation and/or small quantity removal under minimum supervision and in accordance with WorkSafeBC (WSBC) guidelines and regulations.
  • Provides information and advice to ensure contractor’s staff are in compliance with related WorkSafeBC (WSBC) regulations and procedures, guidelines, and provides direction to staff about hazardous materials related hazards.
  • Prepares job specifications for removal and retrofit of asbestos, lead, mould and other common hazardous materials in buildings as required; participates in contractor selection; acts as on-site supervisor while contractor works on removal and retrofit projects; and processes contractor invoices on work order system.
  • Facilitates hazardous building materials awareness training for City employees in various departments.
  • Updates the hazardous building materials inventory database.
  • Responds to abandoned drywall requests.
  • Other duties related to the work.
Education and Experience:
  • Completion of the twelfth school grade preferably supplemented by health and safety courses related to the work.
  • Graduation from an institute of technology in occupational health and safety or a program that includes training in hazardous building materials is an asset.
  • Considerable related experience in the identification, encapsulation, and removal of hazardous building materials; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • AHERA Building Inspector Certification would be an asset.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the materials, methods and equipment used in the sampling, surveying, encapsulation and removal of hazardous building materials and renovation projects.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and precautionary measures as related to building maintenance.
  • Knowledge of health hazards of hazardous building materials.
  • Knowledge of the BC Occupational Health and Safety regulation relating to hazardous building materials and hazardous building materials sampling techniques would be an asset.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff, clients of buildings and contractors.
  • Ability to understand oral and written instructions and carry them out.Skill in the use of a variety of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of direct supervision
  • Strength and ability to climb ladders and work on scaffolding or in cramped and awkward positions.
  • Ability to prepare reports related to the work.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).
  • Ability to navigate a database system.
Driver License and Record Checks
  • A current and valid BC Driver’s License and a Satisfactory driving record
  • The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the department.

Business Unit/Department: Real Estate & Facilities Mgmt (1100) 
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $32.25 to $37.97 per hour
Application Close: November 17, 2019
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Building Technology/Inspection
Posted: November 8, 2019, 11:21 am
Expires: November 17, 2019, 11:59 pm

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