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Certificate of Qualification 253A

Hazardous Materials Worker

A Hazardous Materials Worker is a skilled tradesperson who specializes in the safe handling, removal, and disposal of hazardous materials, such as asbestos, lead, and radioactive waste. They use specialized equipment and protective gear to minimize exposure to these materials and to prevent environmental contamination. Hazardous Materials Workers may work in a variety of settings, including industrial facilities, construction sites, and government agencies. They must follow strict safety protocols and regulations to prevent accidents and injuries and to ensure that the hazardous materials are disposed of properly according to local, state, and federal regulations.

Required Skills & Features

  • Eagerness to develop new skills

  • Excellent communication & listening skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team, and\or independently

  • A strong work ethic & positive attitude

  • Well organized, punctual & reliable

Minimum Standards

  • Grade 10 minimum, Grade 12 numeracy/literacy preferred

  • Minimum 18 years of age

  • Valid Ontario drivers licence


3000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by 102 hours of in-class technical training (schedule of which can be delivered several ways).

Employment Areas

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • Remediation and other waste management services

  • Waste treatment and disposal

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Mobilize site enclosures.

  • Pre-clean work areas.

  • Construct work area enclosures.

  • Install decontamination chambers and waste chutes.

  • Remove and clean hazardous materials.

  • Dismantle work area enclosures and decontamination chambers.

  • Conduct post tear-down cleaning.

  • De-mobilize site enclosures.

  • Carry out routine inspections.


Certified Tradesperson Wage:
Approx: $36/Hr 


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