Chemical Material Handler
Shipping & Receiving
California - Los Angeles
Reports To
Traffic Manager
FLSA Classification

Job Function

AMVAC’s Chemical Material Handler is responsible for the handling of incoming and outgoing of hazardous materials in bulk quantities; loading and unloading of tank trucks, tank cars and trailers; moving and sorting of palletized goods in a responsible and safe manner at all times.

AMVAC® Chemical Corporation, an American Vanguard company, has successfully served the results‐driven global markets through development, manufacturing and marketing of products for agricultural and commercial use.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Connect & disconnect hoses to bulk containers (railcars / tank trucks) for loading and unloading operations properly to avoid spills or emissions.
  • Be aware of the hazard of all materials handled, wear Personal Protective Equipment and follow all labeling as required.
  • Inspect, sample and unload bulk materials safely and efficiently to prevent spills and odors by proper use and connection of fittings to tanker or tank car and unloading line.
  • Use proper techniques and procedures in transfer of materials and disconnect of hoses and fittings to prevent escape of liquids and vapors.
  • Load bulk materials safely and efficiently to prevent spills and odors by proper use of procedures, connection of hoses and fittings to tanker and tank cars.
  • Label, wrap, seal and palletize finished goods for shipment.
  • Keep work areas clean, neat and uncluttered and consider housekeeping as an essential part of the operation.
  • Fill out BOL (Bill of Lading) properly to ensure compliance with D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) requirements for shipment of hazardous materials.
  • Move and store pallets of raw materials, packaging materials and finished goods safely and efficiently.
  • Load and unload bulk quantity hazardous materials to prevent spills and odors. Determine proper unloading devices such as hoses and quick connects.
  • Inspect equipment for serviceability prior to use.
  • Sample incoming shipments as required and deliver sample to QC lab in timely manner.
  • Operate related equipment i.e. fork lifts, wrapping machine, drum picker, pumps in a safe, prescribed and responsible manner to prevent damage.
  • Use hand tools. 
  • Troubleshoot system and detect malfunction which will affect safe and efficient operation and be able to describe malfunction to maintenance personnel. Assist maintenance during breakdowns and shutdowns.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Must be able to do moderate to heavy lifting.
  • Drive forklift in tight quarters.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long period of time as well as climb stairs and ladder frequently to high places.
  • Must be able to work overtime, weekends and nights depending on work demands.
  • Must be able to work outdoors and in inclement weather.
  • Must be able to function while wearing personal protective equipment including half face, full-face respirator or a supplied air breathing apparatus.
  • Must be able to fully understand, comprehend and strictly adhere to both oral and written safety, operating procedures and policies.
  • Be able to function in a crisis situation under direction of supervisor or other in case of emergency that might occur in shipping and handling of hazardous materials at the plant site.
  • Must be able to use hand tools for connections and disconnections.
  • Ability to use handheld calculator to do simple arithmetic calculation for loading, sizing and weight determination, as required.
  • Read and comprehend moderately complex instructions and conduct operations accordingly.
  • Read and understand material safety and data sheets (SDS).

Education Requirements

  • Completion of high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Experience Requirements

  • At least two years of progressive experience in handling of hazardous materials in bulk quantities to include loading and unloading of tank trucks and tank cars.
  • Preferably one year of experience in handling of hazardous chemicals in packaged quantities to include moving and sorting of palletized goods and loading and unloading of trailers.
  • Must pass post-offer physical, background checks and other appropriate testing as required.


  • Health insurance including Medical, Dental, Vision,
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) / Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Life and AD&D
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching
  • Employee Stock Purchasing Plan with employee discount
  • Vacation, Sick & Holiday Pay
  • Wellness program and more

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