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Waste Handler

  • Job ID: 480612010
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am-3pm
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC St. Margaret
  • Department: Environmental Srvs
  • Location: 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $14.48 to $22.05 / hour


Collect, transport and disposal of all hospital waste types with adherence to all applicable policies and procedures to assure a safe hospital environment.

  • Assist Facility Services with confined space management as authorized by department director.
  • Perform clean up of spills, including hazardous spills under direction of supervisory personnel.
  • Order necessary supplies such as; liners, tape and boxes for medical waste removal on a timely basis.
  • Act as contact person for contracted waste removal companies; coordinate timely pick up for bulk waste and medical waste.
  • Box, weigh and record regulated biohazard and chemotherapeutic waste, utilizing proper personal protective equipment following written policies and procedures; transport waste to locked storage area.
  • Assist with moves and set ups.
  • Mix, use, and dispose of chemicals according to directions.
  • Perform minor repairs on equipment machinery (tune up riding parking lot sweeper, general maintenance to pressure washer).
  • Monitor overall operation of compactor and performs minor adjustments and recalibrates when needed.
  • Analyze compactor weights and biohazard output to continuously improve cost-effectiveness.
  • Transport bulk waste (refuse) and medical waste (biohazard and chemotherapeutic) to proper storage and disposal areas.
  • Manage parking lots and outside trash receptacles, compactor area, medical waste storage areas, outside entrances and designated smoking areas for debris and trash.
  • Collect and distribute tilt trucks and medical waste boxes to appropriate locations on patient floors and various areas throughout the hospital.
  • Promptly and accurately report any improper disposal of medical waste and assists in finding origin and root cause analysis.
  • Operates motorized parking lot sweeper as assigned


  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred. 
  • Previous health care, housekeeping or waste handling experience is preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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