ERPS Hazardous Material Training Specialist

Recruitment #220524-C41A-02


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time ERPS Hazardous Material Training Specialist providing support to Emergency Preparedness and Response Service Health Department. This is a state employee position 34002873 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $53,200.00, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
This position is responsible development and presenting of training materials to internal and external stakeholders across Oklahoma.   You will be an integral member of the team working to expand the readiness of OSDH within the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities.

Position Responsibilities/Essential Functions
•Responsible to educate, train and provide guidance to internal and external stakeholders on performing biosafety risk assessments, using personal protective equipment (PPE), implementing decontamination procedures, packaging, and shipping infectious agents, and reviewing waste management plans, including methods for recycling and disposal of biological hazards.
•Work closely with internal program areas to provide input on all hazardous material decontamination and waste management processes that adheres to federal, state, and local regulations.
•Coordinate frequently through virtual platforms with staff from the Public Health Laboratory (PHL).
•Recognize hazards associated with new biological materials and trains internal and external stakeholders in the hazards associated with specimen collection, shipping, and processing.  Includes up-to-date information on practices and procedures to minimize exposure to hazardous materials and adhere to regulatory requirements.
•Demonstrate knowledge to distinguish organisms and testing requiring biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) physical containment and safety work practices from organisms and testing requiring BSL-3 physical containment and safety work practices. 
•Instruct others on packing and shipping of Category A and Category B infectious substances and other microbiological material transport policies, processes, and procedures.
•Must have working knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Standards (29 CFR §1910), particularly Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), toxic and hazardous substances including bloodborne pathogens, and the Hazard Communication Standard.
•Knowledgeable on hazardous materials identification systems and methods.
•Working knowledge of the physical, chemical, and environmental hazard of substances.
•Foundational knowledge of Chemical, Biological Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) principals for collaboration with external partners to identify, train and further develop response capabilities.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of understanding to work with team, external groups, and colleagues. Exceptional communication and organization skills, creativity and innovation. Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to present both internally and externally to retailers. Expert knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite including excel, Power Point, and Word. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate-controlled setting and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. This position may require long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicant is required to work hours other than the regular schedule such as nights and weekends during potential or actual public health threats to the State of Oklahoma. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


A Bachelor of Science; and 1 year of experience in a clinical lab setting; OR equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of experience for each year of required education.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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