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Cold Chain Technician job at Health Service Commission

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Job Description

A Cold Chain Technician plays a critical role in ensuring that temperature-sensitive products, such as vaccines, medications, and perishable food items, are stored and transported under optimal conditions. Here are the typical duties and requirements associated with this position

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Duties and Responsibilities

Equipment Maintenance and Repair:

  • Inspect, maintain, and repair refrigeration units and cold storage equipment.

  • Perform routine checks and preventative maintenance on cold chain systems.

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot issues with cooling systems, including refrigerators, freezers, and cold rooms.


Monitoring and Documentation:

  • Monitor temperature and humidity levels within storage facilities to ensure they remain within specified ranges.

  • Maintain accurate records of temperature readings, maintenance activities, and repairs.

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and standard operating procedures for temperature control.


Installation and Setup:

  • Install and set up new refrigeration and cold storage equipment.

  • Calibrate temperature monitoring devices to ensure accurate readings.

  • Provide technical support during the setup and commissioning of cold chain infrastructure.


Compliance and Quality Assurance:

  • Ensure that all cold chain equipment and processes meet industry standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Conduct regular audits and inspections of cold chain facilities.

  • Implement corrective actions in response to deviations from standard conditions

  • Train staff on the proper use and maintenance of cold chain equipment.

  • Provide technical support and guidance to ensure adherence to cold chain protocols.

  • Assist in developing and updating cold chain management procedures and guidelines.


Emergency Response:

  • Respond to equipment failures and emergency situations to prevent product loss.

  • Implement contingency plans and backup solutions during power outages or equipment malfunctions.

  • Coordinate with suppliers and logistics partners to ensure uninterrupted cold chain operations.


Inventory Management:

  • Monitor and manage inventory of spare parts and supplies for cold chain equipment.

  • Order replacement parts and ensure timely availability for maintenance and repairs.

  • Track usage and lifespan of equipment components to plan for replacements and upgrades.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

Educational Background:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Technical certification or associate degree in refrigeration, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), or a related field is preferred.


Experience:

  • Previous experience in refrigeration, HVAC, or a similar technical field.

  • Experience with cold chain management and temperature-sensitive products is highly advantageous.


Skills:

  • Strong technical and mechanical skills for troubleshooting and repairing refrigeration equipment.

  • Proficiency in using tools and equipment for maintenance and repair tasks.

  • Good understanding of electrical systems and controls related to refrigeration.


Personal Attributes:

  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy in monitoring and documentation.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills for training and support roles.


Certifications:

  • Certification in refrigeration or HVAC, such as EPA Section 608 certification in the United States.

  • Additional certifications related to cold chain management and quality assurance can be beneficial.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment and materials.

  • Physical stamina to perform maintenance tasks in various environmental conditions.

  • Dexterity and hand-eye coordination for handling tools and small parts.


Additional Considerations

Regulatory Knowledge:

  • Familiarity with local, national, and international regulations governing the storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive products.

  • Knowledge of Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and Good Storage Practices (GSP) standards.


Technology Proficiency:

  • Ability to use temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, and other technological tools.

  • Proficiency with computer software for record-keeping and reporting.

How to Apply

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