CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL INSPECTOR II
This is technical field work at the full performance level inspecting air pollution sources or
asbestos abatement project sites for a municipal air pollution control program. Employees in this class
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. Contact with contractors, project inspectors, building owners and
regulatory agency representatives is a significant aspect of the work. Work in this class differs from the
next lower level by the greater degree of independent action exercised by employees in completing
assignments. Work is performed under the general 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 in this class must perform the work in the Air Management Division of the Health
- The positions in this class must perform full performance field work 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
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, 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 vibration 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
- Inspects chemical plants and new fuel burning installations; conducts annual boiler and incinerator
re-inspections; collects fuel samples and delivers to laboratory for sulphur content analysis.
- Participates with other departmental technical staff in monitoring emergency situations such as
chemical spills and fires involving hazardous material; tests for potential hazards using standard issue air
- Interprets and explains provisions of City, state and federal laws and regulations applicable to
asbestos and advises plant managers, building managers, and building maintenance personnel on asbestos
related operational and maintenance procedures.
- 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 if necessary.
- 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 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 public.
- 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
- basic principles and practices of chemistry, biology and/or engineering.
- combustion theory, fuel characteristics, and the operation of fuel burning devices.
- 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 asphyxiative gases.
- the current developments and trends in the asbestos abatement industry.
- the methods, materials, practices, and principles used in asbestos abatement, demolition, and
- the principles and practices used in analyzing asbestos bulk and air samples.
- the construction and operation of HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems.
- the laws, ordinances and regulations relative to air pollution control, noise abatement and asbestos
- the detection of defects in equipment or operating and maintenance techniques that produce
smoke, soot, fumes, or other air pollutants.
- the operation of field instruments and equipment commonly used in on-site inspections.
- prepare detailed reports and activity sheets.
- issue violation notices and testify in court.
- deal tactfully, firmly and impartially with plant managers, operating personnel and the general
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.
- Two years of training level field work experience inspecting air pollution sources or asbestos
abatement project sites for a municipal air pollution control program or performing technical
environmental monitoring or inspection activities in the field of asbestos abatement or air pollution control
in the private sector.
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
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 II.
PAY RANGE: 18
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC - 11/1996 ; Ad Board - 3/1997
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