PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state health, academic or diagnostic laboratory, this class is accountable for performing routine, non-technical laboratory work with emphasis on cleaning and sterilizing glassware, instruments and laboratory utensils and preparing laboratories/materials for tests, experiments and/or research.
Initially works under the close supervision of an employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.
Generally does not exercise supervision.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Cleans and sterilizes glassware, utensils and laboratory instruments; cleans laboratory; prepares and labels laboratory products and specimen/sample kits for mailing and distribution; collects and prepares samples for analysis; pours media into test tubes; plugs and sterilizes test tubes; operates basic laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, washers, centrifuges, dry ovens and trip balances; receives and numbers incoming specimens/samples; keeps records of samples, supplies and equipment and assists in maintaining laboratory inventory; feeds, waters and cares for laboratory animals; may prepare simple media, solutions and reagents according to written instructions; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to keep simple records and perform simple arithmetical calculations; manual dexterity.
Experience and/or training that could be expected to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunization for communicable diseases as necessary.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift standard laboratory equipment, trays/boxes of glassware and/or bodies; may be exposed to some risk of injury from such things as rabid animals, broken glass, toxic vapors, toxic and/or disease carrying substances; may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HH 08 approved effective June 23, 1995. (Revised to implement SCOPE compensation)
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