Lab Chemist Supervisor

at US Ecology
Location Canton, Ohio
Date Posted August 19, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Full-time



Supervises and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in performing chemical and physical tests on hazardous and non-hazardous waste required for quality control of processes and regulatory compliance for treatment, storage and/or disposal of solid and liquid materials. Supervises on-site laboratory team members to ensure safe, regulatory compliance and processing of technical information and analysis in support of site objectives. 



  • Supervises, maintains, and ensures compliance with all applicable Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC) protocols. This includes corporate, accreditation, and method requirements.
  • Supervises and ensures that the operations of the laboratory are accomplished within budget and to company, regulatory and industry standards
  • Supervises laboratory safety program to ensure compliance with OSHA and company policies.
  • Supervises programs efficiently to process routine waste acceptance information in compliance with WAP (Waste Analysis Plan) and good safety practices.
  • Supervise laboratory efforts related to waste pre-acceptance reviews, treatability studies, and related activities in compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Supervise laboratory to ensure procedures and practices are compliant with company policy and all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Provides technical support to management and subordinates.
  • Makes and implements recommendations for improvement in workflow.
  • Maintains accreditation to certification bodies, when applicable.
  • Maintains compliance with the corporate laboratory policies, training requirements, and audit program. 
  • Performs other, related duties as assigned. These are duties may not be specifically listed in this description, but which are within the general nature typically associated with the employee’s level of work.



Employees are required to report any concerns associated with environmental compliance to their supervisor, General Manager or Environmental Manager. Employees are also required to complete training in hazardous waste management procedures, emergency response and other topics as outlined in the facility’s training program and/or an individual training matrix.



While performing this job, the employee is responsible for continuous adherence to the Company’s Health & Safety (H&S) Program. This includes: the health and safety of themselves and their coworkers, completing tasks in a safe manner, attending safety meetings and mandatory H&S training, and reporting any unsafe conditions, acts or unanticipated hazards to their Supervisor, General Manager or Health and Safety Specialist.  Duties and responsibilities are detailed in the H&S Program Master Document and will be provided by the H&S Specialist and/or the direct supervisor during new-hire orientation, training sessions or upon request.



Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



Knowledgeable of chemistry principles and practices including analysis and evaluation, and waste processing protocols. Employee must have thorough knowledge of quality management standards, including ISO and NELAC standards, in addition to complex regulations specific to the environmental waste industry, management principles and best practices, including; analysis, evaluation, research methods and strategies.  Must be knowledgeable of current industrial safety practices, industrial hygiene, and of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal operations. Essential competencies to perform this job include analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Must be detail oriented and possess technical aptitude. Ability to work under pressure, exercise independent judgment, and select effective course of action while controlling resources and expenditures. Knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint applications is essential.



A valid driver’s license may be required for some positions.


The personal and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work alone, travel, work extended hours or shift work, with frequent interruptions and repetitious operations. This work requires high concentration with a moderate level of stress. Employee shall at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, clients, customers and vendors.


While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, reach, climb or balance, hear and smell. The employee is required to use hands to handle, feel, and grasp. The employee must occasionally move up to 50 pounds. The employee may need to work long hours on specific projects. There are frequent interruptions and repetitious motions. The employee may be in cramped or confined spaces for short periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. This position requires occasional customer, visitor, contractor, and vendor contact. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; exposed to extreme heat, cold, wind, and dust conditions; risk of electrical shock; risk of radiation; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.