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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

EMBALMER LEAD

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EMBALMER LEAD
506F
Category: Science & Engineering

Definition

Lead staff in treating donated bodies with antiseptic and preservative substances for dissection and cremation. Maintain records relative to the donation and disposition of remains in accordance with state regulations and statutes.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of others. Oversee the monthly reporting, record keeping and billing processes, ensuring they adhere to established policies and procedures.

Typical Work

Preserve, disinfect, and store human remains using the anatomical method of embalming; 

Prepare materials for laboratory use; 

Operate crematory, perfusion apparatus, bandsaw, steam spray cleaning equipment, forklift machine and miscellaneous hand instruments; provide basic operational and cleaning maintenance and log of operation; 

Maintain inventories of chemicals and supplies and order replacements as needed; apply principles of sterile technique with respect to biohazards;  

Maintain monthly log of activities requiring billing; oversee submission of monthly summary to Director for preparation of billing vouchers; 

Maintain storage and inventories of morgue and teaching laboratories; 

Maintain legal records regarding donations of human remains to the medical school, including death certificates, computer and paper records of utilization, storage, transfer, cremation and disposition; 

Assist faculty in teaching and research activities occurring in the morgue and teaching laboratories; 

Prepare cremated remains for burial or disposition according to instructions of next-of-kin and applicable statutes and regulations;  

Assist in decision-making in regard to acceptability of potential donor remains per established program guidelines; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Current license to practice as an embalmer in the State of Washington. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Associates Degree in Mortuary Science

OR 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 9-14-2001
Revised new class code: (formerly 6361) effective July 1, 2007

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