Identifies, removes, packs, transports, or disposes of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Builds containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.
- Removes asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers.
- Identifies asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.
- Prepares hazardous material for removal or storage.
- Complies with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.
- Loads or unloads materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts.
- Cleans contaminated equipment or areas for re-use, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners.
- Removes or limits contamination following emergencies involving hazardous substances.
- Cleans mold-contaminated sites by removing damaged porous materials or thoroughly cleaning all contaminated nonporous materials.
- Operates machines or equipment to remove, package, store, or transport loads of waste materials.