Chemical Waste Controller

To promote sustainability we need practical, creative and innovative strategies to process waste, particularly the 66.9 million tonnes of hazardous waste produced annually, that if left untreated can be a health hazard and cause long-term environmental degradation. Chemical waste control is the management and processing of chemical waste substances to minimise harm to human health and the environment.

Chemical waste controllers identify hazardous chemical substances and suggest options for recycling, removing, storing or disposing of chemical waste in a safe and legal manner. They can assist in environmental remediation strategies by evaluating and coordinating the storage and handling of hazardous waste and the clean-up of contaminated soil or water.

Because of the environment in which they work, chemical waste controllers mostly wear personal protective equipment, particularly safety glasses and gloves. They work between laboratory and office spaces, testing chemical materials and reporting on their findings and proposed actions.

Skills

Chemical waste controllers need to have a good understanding of chemistry and the laws and regulations that guide toxic waste disposal. They will also benefit from:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Practical laboratory skills and experience
  • Written and verbal communication and presentation skills

Tasks

Identify hazardous substances like asbestos, lead paint, oil spills, chemicals and radioactive material

Advise on clean-up and management procedures of hazardous substances

Store and transport chemical waste and other hazardous materials

Define and advise on disposal techniques of hazardous materials 

Studies

B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Chemistry at all universities

Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Chemistry at CPUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, VUT and WSU

Employers

National, provincial and local government.

Chemical disposal companies.

Waste management companies.

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