Sanitation workers may work in the field of waste removal or they may work in waste water treatment. As this job title describes two different types of jobs, the duties and work environments are also very different. Sanitation workers in waste removal primarily work outside. Trash collectors for example, usually work with another sanitation worker. One drives the garbage truck while the other handle dumping trash into the truck at each stop. However, waste removal companies have added technology recently to put a mechanical arm on trucks so that only a driver is necessary. This has not completely removed the job of those who work outside of the truck but it is cutting down on their jobs available. Work hours are generally Monday through Friday with shifts anywhere between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Sanitation Worker Tasks
Perform basic housekeeping including cleaning floors, walls, ceiling, air vents and lights.
Operate the system to clean and sanitize equipment, tanks and pipelines.
Disassemble, clean sanitize and reassemble all equipment as needed.
Perform basic preventive maintenance of gaskets, seals and other equipment on all product contact surfaces as needed.