CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL INSPECTOR I
This is technical field work at the training level inspecting air pollution sources or asbestos abatement
project sites for a municipal air pollution control program. Employees in this class receive training in the laws,
ordinances, regulations, practices and procedures relevant to a municipal air pollution control program. Work
includes conducting field inspections to evaluate asbestos air monitoring, removal and disposal activities and
other sources of air and noise pollution for compliance with prescribed permit conditions and applicable federal,
state and municipal codes, regulations and standards. Work is performed under the close supervision of a
technical superior and involves some disagreeable working conditions.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for
- The positions must perform the work in the Air Management Division of the Health Department.
- The positions must perform training level field inspection activities involving the evaluation of air
pollution sources or asbestos abatement project sites to determine compliance with prescribed permit
conditions and applicable codes, regulations, and standards.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK
- Receives training and performs a variety of field activities of increasing difficulty related to a municipal
air pollution control program as follows:
- Patrols assigned district to find pollution sources; interviews complainants; tours industrial facilities with
plant managers and operating personnel; locates source and cause of air pollutants and noise and vibration
nuisances; recommends modifications to operating and maintenance procedures; recommends installation of
pollution control equipment.
- Inspects and evaluates sources of air pollution by observing process operations and parameters, visually
and by instrument, to determine compliance with prescribed permit conditions.
- Responds to complaints of excessive noise and vibration; utilizes sound and vibrations measuring
devices; interviews plant managers and operating personnel, or community residents and informs them about
noise and vibration regulations; recommends measures to alleviate such problems.
- Inspects new fuel burning installations; makes annual boiler and incinerator re-inspections; takes fuel
samples and makes delivery to the laboratory for sulphur content analysis; accompanies engineering staff on
scheduled major source inspections.
- Conducts diesel emission surveys at bus depots and on the street; accompanies police highway patrols
in inspection of vehicle emissions; collects and analyzes gasoline and oil samples for lead and sulfur content;
inspects service stations and fuel distributors for proper use and maintenance of vapor recovery systems.
- Inspects chemical plants and new fuel burning installations; makes annual boiler and incinerator re-
inspections; collects fuel samples and delivers to laboratory for sulphur content analysis.
- Receives instruction in the interpretation and application of City, state and federal laws and regulations
applicable to asbestos; explains provisions of applicable asbestos laws and regulations and advises plant
managers, building managers, and building maintenance personnel on asbestos related operational and
- Attends job conferences with contractors and consultants to discuss asbestos abatement project design
and regulation requirements.
- Observes asbestos abatement contractors, certified asbestos project inspectors, and asbestos workers on
asbestos abatement projects to ensure that work is performed in accordance with pertinent city, state, and
federal regulations and codes; reviews job records and logs to ensure that work is performed as reported in the
project permit and/or notification; wears protective clothing and respirators to enter containment areas when
required to verify compliance with regulations; may issue stop work orders after conferring with superiors, if
- Enters asbestos contaminated areas that may or may not have been known to be contaminated prior to
entry; inspects sites suspected of having asbestos contamination including dumpsters, vacant buildings and
demolition sites; evaluates asbestos contamination conditions; orders evacuation of specific areas or buildings
after conferring with superiors, if necessary.
- Inspects intended shipments to ensure the proper disposal of asbestos material; performs follow-up
inspections to ensure that appropriate manifest records are received.
- Responds to complaints concerning improper asbestos removal and/or disposal; interviews complainants
and inspects site; makes emergency containment of short dumped asbestos to prevent exposure to the general
- Performs unannounced inspections of renovation sites where notifications or permits for asbestos
removal have not been received; checks licenses and certifications of asbestos workers, supervisors, contractors,
inspectors, laboratories, and investigators to ensure validity.
- Reviews asbestos inspection reports submitted with L & I building and demolition permits and visits
selected sites; obtains samples, e.g., air, dust, soil, soot, asbestos, from selected locations and delivers to
laboratory for analysis.
- Issues violation notices and recommends additional enforcement steps; interacts with other city, state
and federal agencies involved in the prosecution of violators; testifies in court.
- Prepares detailed reports and activity sheets; enters work activity data into computer; takes pictures as
required for civil cases; ensures that personal protective equipment is in working condition.
- Attends an approved smoke reading training program on a semi-annual schedule; visually evaluates
smoke opacity using approved departmental methods.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS
- the basic principles and practices of chemistry, biology and/or engineering.
- combustion theory, fuel characteristics and the operation of fuel burning devices.
- the potential causes of air pollution arising from the operation of combustion equipment.
- the equipment used for the control of air pollutants.
- the theory of building environmental control systems.
- the properties and characteristics of hazardous air pollutants, particularly asbestos and combustible and
- ascertain facts through field inspections.
- learn the current developments and trends in the asbestos abatement industry.
- learn the principles, materials, methods, and practices used in asbestos abatement, demolition and
- learn the principles and practices used in analyzing asbestos bulk and air samples.
- learn the construction and operation of HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems.
- learn the laws, ordinances and regulations relative to air pollution control, noise abatement and asbestos
- learn methods of detecting defects in equipment or operating and maintenance techniques that produce
smoke, soot, fumes, or other air pollutants.
- learn the operation of field instruments commonly used in on-site inspections.
- deal tactfully, firmly and impartially with plant managers, operating personnel and the general public.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING
AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the
minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience
requirements as approved on 11/96.)
- Completion of a two year program at an accredited college, university or technical institute with major
course work in environmental or biological science, chemistry, biology, or mechanical, chemical,
environmental, civil, or electrical engineering or engineering technology.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the
Personnel Department which has included completion of the twelfth school grade as an educational minimum.
Two years of experience performing technical environmental monitoring or inspection
activities in the field of asbestos abatement or air pollution control can be substituted for
the college education requirement.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a
position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an Air Pollution Control Inspector I.
PAY RANGE: 12
Class Established: 9/1984
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC - 11/1996 ; Ad Board - 3/1997
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