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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers - 47-4041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Asbestos Abatement Worker
  • Decontamination / Decommissioning Operator (D & D Operator)
  • Radiological Control and Safety Technician
  • Waste Handling Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Hazmat Technician (Hazardous Materials Technician)
  • Sampler
  • Site Worker
  • Nuclear Waste Handler

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-4000 Other Construction and Related Workers
47-4040 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
47-4041.00 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • Manipulate handgrips of mechanical arms to place irradiated fuel elements into baskets.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply new technologies to improve work processes.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Decontaminate equipment or sites to remove hazardous or toxic substances.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal.
  • Record operational or environmental data.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Ordnance, Aviation (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Staff Noncommissioned Officer/Noncommissioned Officer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste Staff Non-Commissioned Officer/Non-Comm Officer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Ordnance, Aviation (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Sonar Technician (Surface) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Operator (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Irradiated-Fuel Handler
  • Waste-Disposal Attendant