CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
Construct scaffolding or 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.
Upload baskets of irradiated elements onto machines that insert fuel elements into canisters and secure lids.
Apply chemical compounds to lead-based paint, allow compounds to dry, then scrape the hazardous material into containers for removal and/or storage.
Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.
Pull tram cars along underwater tracks, and position cars to receive irradiated fuel elements; then pull loaded cars to mechanisms that automatically unload elements onto underwater tables.
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.
Manipulate handgrips of mechanical arms to place irradiated fuel elements into baskets.
Mix or pour concrete into forms to encase waste material for disposal.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Internet browser software Internet browser software
Operation respond emergency information system OREISTM software Data base user interface and query software
Presentation software Presentation software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Word processing software Word processing software
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Aerosol meters Air samplers or collectors
Air monitoring equipment Air samplers or collectors
Air pollutant monitors Air pollutant samplers
Air sampling devices Air samplers or collectors
Air sampling pumps Air sampling pumps
Air scrubbers Air scrubbers
Alpha radiation meters Radiation detectors
Asbestos sample containers Sample holders
Beta radiation meters Radiation detectors
Blowers Blowers
Borescopes Borescope inspection equipment
Bulldozers Wheel bulldozers
Chemical agent detectors Reagent kits for use with air samplers
Chemical protective aprons Protective aprons
Chemical protective boots Hazardous material protective footwear
Chemical protective clothing Hazardous material protective apparel
Chemical protective coveralls Protective coveralls
Chemical protective face shields Facial shields
Chemical protective gloves Protective gloves
Chemical protective head covers Safety hoods
Chemical solution sprayers Hand sprayers
Claw hammers Hammers
Color changing gas detection devices Multi gas monitors
Colorimetric detector tubes/badges Gas detector tubes
Combustible gas indicators Explosimeters
Concrete mixers Concrete mixers or plants
Crowbars Pry bars
Curtain booms Absorbent booms
Dataloggers Portable data input terminals
Decontamination trailers Decontamination shower
Decontamination units Decontamination shower
Dehumidifiers Dehumidifiers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dosimeters Dosimeters
Dredges Dredgers
Dust collectors Dust collectors
Electrochemical gas monitors Multi gas monitors
Excavators Track excavators
Eyewash fountains Eyewashers or eye wash stations
Filter pumps Filtering machinery
Filtered vacuums Vacuum cleaners
Flame ionization detectors FID Flame ionization analyzers
Flame spectroscopy detection instruments Spectrophotometers
Fluorescence immunochromatography systems Liquid chromatographs
Forklifts Forklifts
Gamma radiation meters Radiation detectors
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Gas detector tubes Gas detector tubes
Gas leak detection devices Gas detectors
Groundwater sampling equipment Water samplers
Handheld concrete and coating removal systems Power grinders
High-efficiency particulate air HEPA vacuums Vacuum cleaners
High-pressure water sprayers Hand sprayers
High-temperature protective clothing Fire retardant apparel
Hoists Hoists
Hydraulic booms Hydraulic truck cranes
Hygrometers Hygrometers
Infrared IR spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Ladders Ladders
Large trucks Cargo trucks
Lead testing kits Chemistry test kits or supplies
Level A encapsulated suits Hazardous material protective apparel
Level B encapsulated suits Hazardous material protective apparel
Light trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
Liquid leak detection equipment Liquid leak detectors
Liquid splash protective clothing Hazardous material protective apparel
Mechanical arms Pick or place robots
Moisture meters Moisture meters
Negative pressure respirators Respirators
Neutron detectors Radiation detectors
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Nut drivers Nut drivers
Oleophilic booms Absorbent booms
Oxygen concentration instruments Single gas monitors
Personal air monitors Air samplers or collectors
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Personal protective suits Hazardous material protective apparel
Photoionization detectors PID Ion analyzers
Pneumatic scabbling tools Pneumatic sanding machines
Pneumatic scaling tools Pneumatic sanding machines
Portable chemical agent detection devices Reagent kits for use with air samplers
Positive displacement vacuum equipment Positive displacement pumps
Positive pressure self contained breathing apparatus Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
Power sanders Power sanders
Putty knives Putty knives
Radiation survey meters Radiation detectors
Radon detection devices Radon detectors
Remote control track robots Pick or place robots
Respirators Respirators
Robotic crawler dredges Dredgers
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scrapers Scrapers
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Self-contained protective suits Hazardous material protective apparel
Shovels Shovels
Slurry blast equipment Pneumatic sanding machines
Soil samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil vapor extraction units Soil testing kits
Steam cleaning equipment Pressure or steam cleaners
Steel shot recyclable blasting equipment Pneumatic sanding machines
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Thermoluminescent dosimeters Radiation detectors
Total vapor survey instruments Multi gas monitors
Truck cranes Conventional truck cranes
Two way radios Two way radios
Utility knives Utility knives
Vacuum blast equipment Vacuum pumps
Vans Minivans or vans
Vapor protective garments Hazardous material protective apparel
Ventilation equipment Air exhausters
Ventilation fans Fans
Water samplers Water samplers
Water sampling pumps Water samplers
Winches Winches
Wire cutters Wire cutters
X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
pH indicators pH meters
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Asbestos Abatement Worker
Asbestos Coverer
Asbestos Handler
Asbestos Remover
Asbestos Worker
Decontamination / Decommissioning Operator (D & D Operator)
Decontamination Worker
Field Technician
Hazard Waste Handler
Hazardous Material Specialist
Hazardous Materials Handler
Hazardous Waste Remover
Hazmat Technician
Hazmat Technician (Hazardous Materials Technician)
Irradiated Fuel Handler
Lead Abatement Worker
Nuclear Waste Handler
Radiological Control and Safety Technician
Site Worker
Truck Driver
Waste Disposal Attendant
Waste Handling Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
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