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Green Occupation:
47-4041.00 - Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green Enhanced Skills occupation — green economy activities and technologies are likely to cause significant change to the work and worker requirements. New tasks, skills, knowledge, credentials may be needed. Employment demand remains the same, but there is potential for an increase.

Hazardous materials removal workers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Environment Protection — This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.
  • Green Construction — This sector covers activities related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction — This sector covers activities related to solid waste and wastewater management, treatment, and reduction, as well as processing recyclable materials.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

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