Job Profile:      Abatement Worker

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.

Job Information

Select Tasks
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 reuse, 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.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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).The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.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.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).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).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
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.The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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.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.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.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).The ability to see details at a distance.The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions.The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.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.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Select Tools
Aerosol metersAir monitoring equipmentAir pollutant monitors
Air sampling devicesAir sampling pumpsAir scrubbers
Alpha radiation metersAsbestos sample containersBeta radiation meters
Chemical agent detectorsChemical protective apronsChemical protective boots
Chemical protective clothingChemical protective coverallsChemical protective face shields
Chemical protective glovesChemical protective head coversChemical solution sprayers
Claw hammersColor changing gas detection devicesColorimetric detector tubes/badges
Combustible gas indicatorsConcrete mixersCrowbars
Curtain boomsDataloggersDecontamination trailers
Decontamination unitsDehumidifiersDesktop computers
DosimetersDredgesDust collectors
Electrochemical gas monitorsExcavatorsEyewash fountains
Filter pumpsFiltered vacuumsFlame ionization detectors FID
Flame spectroscopy detection instrumentsFluorescence immunochromatography systemsForklifts
Gamma radiation metersGas chromatographs GCGas detector tubes
Gas leak detection devicesGroundwater sampling equipmentHandheld concrete and coating removal systems
High-efficiency particulate air HEPA vacuumsHigh-pressure water sprayersHigh-temperature protective clothing
HoistsHydraulic boomsHygrometers
Infrared IR spectrometersLaddersLarge trucks
Lead testing kitsLevel A encapsulated suitsLevel B encapsulated suits
Light trucksLiquid leak detection equipmentLiquid splash protective clothing
Mechanical armsMoisture metersNegative pressure respirators
Neutron detectorsNotebook computersNut drivers
Oleophilic boomsOxygen concentration instrumentsPersonal air monitors
Personal computersPersonal protective suitspH indicators
pH metersPhotoionization detectors PIDPneumatic scabbling tools
Pneumatic scaling toolsPortable chemical agent detection devicesPositive displacement vacuum equipment
Positive pressure self contained breathing apparatusPower sandersPutty knives
Radiation survey metersRadon detection devicesRemote control track robots
RespiratorsRobotic crawler dredgesSafety glasses
Safety glovesSandblastersScaffolding
ScrapersScrewdriversSelf-contained protective suits
ShovelsSlurry blast equipmentSoil samplers
Soil vapor extraction unitsSteam cleaning equipmentSteel shot recyclable blasting equipment
Tablet computersThermoluminescent dosimetersTotal vapor survey instruments
Truck cranesTwo way radiosUtility knives
Vacuum blast equipmentVansVapor protective garments
Ventilation equipmentVentilation fansWater samplers
Water sampling pumpsWinchesWire cutters
X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers

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