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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Also called: Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Remover, Asbestos Worker, Field Technician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.
  • Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers.
  • Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • management
  • customer service
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Operation respond emergency information system OREISTM software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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