Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
SOC: 47-4041.00

Description:

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose 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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
43,700 employed

Projected (2024):
47,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Abatement Worker
  • Asbestos Abatement Worker
  • Asbestos Coverer
  • Asbestos Handler
  • Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker
  • Asbestos Remover
  • Asbestos Worker
  • Decontamination / Decommissioning Operator (D & D Operator)
  • Decontamination Worker
  • Field Technician
  • Hazard Waste Handler
  • Hazardous Material Specialist
  • Hazardous Materials Driver (Hazmat Driver)
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Hazardous Materials Tanker Driver (Hazmat Tanker Driver)
  • Hazardous Waste Remover
  • Hazmat Technician (Hazardous Materials Technician)
  • Irradiated Fuel Handler
  • Junk Removal Specialist
  • Material Handling Technician
  • Material Specialist
  • Radiological Control and Safety Technician
  • Site Worker
  • Waste Disposal Attendant
  • Waste Handling Technician


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.
  • Record numbers of containers stored at disposal sites, specifying amounts or types of equipment or waste disposed.
  • Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations.
  • Operate machines or equipment to remove, package, store, or transport loads of waste materials.
  • Load or unload materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts.
  • Clean contaminated equipment or areas for re-use, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners.
  • Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers.
  • Upload baskets of irradiated elements onto machines that insert fuel elements into canisters and secure lids.
  • Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.
  • Package, store, or move irradiated fuel elements in the underwater storage basins of nuclear reactor plants, using machines or equipment.
  • Organize or track the locations of hazardous items in landfills.
  • Operate cranes to move or load baskets, casks, or canisters.
  • Mix or pour concrete into forms to encase waste material for disposal.
  • Apply bioremediation techniques to hazardous wastes to allow naturally occurring bacteria to break down toxic substances.
  • Clean mold-contaminated sites by removing damaged porous materials or thoroughly cleaning all contaminated nonporous materials.
  • Identify or separate waste products or materials for recycling or reuse.
  • Process e-waste, such as computer components containing lead or mercury.
  • Remove or limit contamination following emergencies involving hazardous substances.
  • Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures.
  • Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.
  • Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Aerosol meters
  • Air monitoring equipment
  • Air pollutant monitors
  • Air sampling devices
  • Air sampling pumps
  • Air scrubbers
  • Alpha radiation meters
  • Asbestos sample containers
  • Beta radiation meters
  • Blowers
  • Borescopes
  • Bulldozers
  • Chemical agent detectors
  • Chemical protective aprons
  • Chemical protective boots
  • Chemical protective clothing
  • Chemical protective coveralls
  • Chemical protective face shields
  • Chemical protective gloves
  • Chemical protective head covers
  • Chemical solution sprayers
  • Claw hammers
  • Color changing gas detection devices
  • Colorimetric detector tubes/badges
  • Combustible gas indicators
  • Concrete mixers
  • Crowbars
  • Curtain booms
  • Dataloggers
  • Decontamination trailers
  • Decontamination units
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dosimeters
  • Dredges
  • Dust collectors
  • Electrochemical gas monitors
  • Excavators
  • Eyewash fountains
  • Filter pumps
  • Filtered vacuums
  • Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flame spectroscopy detection instruments
  • Fluorescence immunochromatography systems
  • Forklifts
  • Gamma radiation meters
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas detector tubes
  • Gas leak detection devices
  • Groundwater sampling equipment
  • Handheld concrete and coating removal systems
  • High-efficiency particulate air HEPA vacuums
  • High-pressure water sprayers
  • High-temperature protective clothing
  • Hoists
  • Hydraulic booms
  • Hygrometers
  • Infrared IR spectrometers
  • Ladders
  • Large trucks
  • Lead testing kits
  • Level A encapsulated suits
  • Level B encapsulated suits
  • Light trucks
  • Liquid leak detection equipment
  • Liquid splash protective clothing
  • Mechanical arms
  • Moisture meters
  • Negative pressure respirators
  • Neutron detectors
  • Notebook computers
  • Nut drivers
  • Oleophilic booms
  • Oxygen concentration instruments
  • Personal air monitors
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Personal protective suits
  • pH indicators
  • pH meters
  • Photoionization detectors PID
  • Pneumatic scabbling tools
  • Pneumatic scaling tools
  • Portable chemical agent detection devices
  • Positive displacement vacuum equipment
  • Positive pressure self contained breathing apparatus
  • Power sanders
  • Putty knives
  • Radiation survey meters
  • Radon detection devices
  • Remote control track robots
  • Respirators
  • Robotic crawler dredges
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Sandblasters
  • Scaffolding
  • Scrapers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Self-contained protective suits
  • Shovels
  • Slurry blast equipment
  • Soil samplers
  • Soil vapor extraction units
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Steel shot recyclable blasting equipment
  • Tablet computers
  • Thermoluminescent dosimeters
  • Total vapor survey instruments
  • Truck cranes
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum blast equipment
  • Vans
  • Vapor protective garments
  • Ventilation equipment
  • Ventilation fans
  • Water samplers
  • Water sampling pumps
  • Winches
  • Wire cutters
  • X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers
  • Database software
  • Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Operation respond emergency information system OREISTM software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580