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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Materials Handler-Hazmat Specialist

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 7292

UW Job Family: 71

SOC Code: 43-5071

Pay Grade: 16

Date: February 01, 2007

Job Purpose:

Participates in the safe receiving/rejecting, handling, storing, and moving of freight receipt and delivery of items to University locations. Prepare freight for shipment according to shipping policies and procedures. These positions require special signage and safe handling, storing and moving of hazardous materials frequently.

Minimum Qualifications


High School Diploma or GED


One year work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Some positions may require a valid commercial driver's license (CDL).
  • Some positions may require a valid State of Wyoming Commercial Driver's License with Hazardous Endorsement (CDL/H), or the ability to become licensed within ninety (90) days from hire date.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Commercial domestic and international shipping methods and procedures.
  • Safe transportation and moving equipment operation.
  • Time management practices, methods and techniques.
  • Rules, regulations and procedures for safe handling/storing/moving of freight shipments.
  • Rules and regulations for the safe handling/storing/moving of hazardous materials.
  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Safe forklift operation and lifting methods and techniques.
  • Basic computer/data entry operation.
  • Training methods.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Meet deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Instruct others on proper and safe procedures, methods and techniques.
  • Read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures.
  • Provide good customer relations.
  • Perform simple arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply and divide).
  • Understand, follow, and enforce specific instructions and procedures.
  • Sort, check, count, and verify numbers and materials.
  • Detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel.
  • Receive, stock, track, and distribute materials, supplies and equipment.
  • Prepare routine administrative paperwork.
  • Lift, manipulate and move objects weighing up to 100 pounds regularly.
  • Safely operate pickup truck, van, forklift, dolly, pallet jack or other warehouse equipment and tools.
  • Maintain safety, quality, and/or infection/hazardous control standards.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Receive, inspect for damage or defective goods, reject or notate condition, and sort and scan incoming freight.

Determine required materials safe handling and follow proper safety procedures for handling, storing and moving materials, including determining correct placard for delivery runs when required.

Sort materials for overnight/ground receipt and department deliveries; use computer accounting system such as PISTOL for inquiries regarding department deliveries.

Scan each material into computerized bar-coding system, and enter department and shipment from information.

Safely pickup or deliver materials to other departments or off-campus locations, following hazmat regulations when applicable; obtain proper signatures for proof of delivery.

Safely use transporting equipment such as van, truck, dolly, pallet jack, forklift, and the like.

Ascertain shipping papers are correct according to hazmat regulations; make certain for hazmat materials that the proper emergency response information accompanies the shipment.

Prepare domestic and/or international shipping and freight bills; determine most efficient means of shipment with attention to detailed requirements from different shippers.

Provide customer service in the office and in the field by answering questions on shipping requirements, packaging and researching lost shipments, processing paperwork for damaged shipments, and answering the telephone or greeting customers in the office.

Maintain a clean and safe work environment including the loading dock, the warehouse and the office; provide trash removal of secure warehouse site.

Supplemental Functions:

Monitor inventory levels and alert appropriate University personnel to reorder, as directed.

Rotate stock; maintain clean and safe working environment.

Assist in maintaining delivery vehicle; may request maintenance and safety checks of warehouse equipment and vehicles.

Provide backup to other positions for leave vacancies.

Working Conditions:

Warehouse/outdoor environment; regular driving of delivery vehicle; subject to confined spaces; exposed to temperature changes regularly and driving in adverse weather conditions; exposed to moving mechanical equipment parts; vapors, fumes, noise dirt, and dust; occasionally exposed to hazardous freight.

Distinguishing Features:

Materials Handler, working under general supervision picks up and delivers supplies, equipment, or other goods to/from campus departments, receives and moves freight, checks and reports damaged or defective goods, prepares basic forms and freight bills including determining freight and shipping charges, and determines most efficient means of shipment.

Materials Handler, Senior, working under limited supervision performs the work of a Materials Handler, and is a lead worker who may functionally supervise, train and schedule work of support staff.

Materials Handler/Hazmat Specialist, performs work of a Materials Handler, Senior, and requires licensure within ninety (90) days of hire by the State of Wyoming for a Commercial License with Hazardous Materials, or CDL/H, for correct signage and safe handling, storing, or moving of hazardous materials.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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