Profession asbestos abatement worker

Asbestos abatement workers remove asbestos from buildings and other constructions, compliant with health and safety regulations concerning the handling of hazardous materials. They investigate the intensity of the asbestos contamination, prepare the structure for removal, and prevent contamination of other areas.

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Knowledge

  • Asbestos removal regulations

    The legislation and regulations surrounding the removal of asbestos contamination from buildings or structures, the safe removal of contaminated materials and the regulations to avoid and prevent contamination.

  • Contamination exposure regulations

    The regulations concerning exposure to contaminated materials or a hazardous environment which regulate the actions surrounding risk assessment, minimisation of further exposure, quarantine, and treatment of the exposed persons.

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

    The set of health, safety and hygiene standards and items of legislation applicable in a specific sector.

Skills

  • Store contaminated materials

    Package and store materials which pose risks to health and safety due to contamination, and awaiting disposal or treatment, in a manner compliant with safety regulations.

  • Investigate contamination

    Perform tests to investigate the properties of contamination in an area, or on surfaces and materials, in order to identify the cause, its nature, and the extent of the risk and damage.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • Disinfect surfaces

    Apply the correct cleaning procedures, taking into account safe handling of disinfectants, to remove contaminants, pollutants, and bacterial risks, from various surfaces, such as buildings exteriors, vehicles, and roads.

  • Remove contaminants

    Use chemicals and solvents to remove contaminants from products or surfaces.

  • Remove contaminated materials

    Remove materials and equipment which are contaminated with hazardous substances in order to protect the surroundings from further contamination and to treat or dispose of the contaminated materials.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • Apply hygiene and safety regulations

    Pursue optimal safety, health and hygiene circumstances, taking into account local regulations and personal requirements. Manage waste disposal according to local laws and regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform demarcation hazardous waste storage dispose of hazardous waste handle chemical cleaning agents hazardous waste treatment operate pressure washer follow safety procedures when working at heights report on building damage secure working area use solvents ensure compliance with waste legislative regulations ensure operability of protective equipment hazardous materials transportation assess waste type identify damage to buildings assist people in contaminated areas

Common job titles

  • Asbestos abatement worker
  • Asbestos worker
  • Asbestos worker, supivisor
  • Journeyman substation metropolitan repair worker