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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $15.99 - $22.91

Typical Annual Salary: $33,200 - $47,600

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage.
  • 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.
  • Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures.
  • Operate cranes to move or load baskets, casks, or canisters.
  • Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations.
  • Load or unload materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts.

tools & technology

  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Hazardous material protective apparel
  • Pneumatic sanding machines
  • Radiation detectors
  • Water samplers

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Internet browser software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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