Profession asbestos abatement worker

    asbestos abatement worker

Asbestos removal workers remove asbestos from buildings and facilities.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks asbestos abatement worker

  • Prepare work sites, e.g. erect barriers and scaffolding.
  • Select or request equipment and machines, transport and set them up.
  • Locate the indentified asbestos that needs to be removed, e.g. using monitoring devices.
  • Wear respirators for protection from dangerous airborne particles and suits that completely protect from hazardous materials (e.g. disposable or reusable overalls, gloves, hardhats, shoe covers, safety glasses or goggles, chemical-resistant clothing, face shields and devices to protect hearing).
  • Perform demolition and deconstruction work.
  • Remove asbestos from the surfaces of walls and structures, using various hand and power tools (e.g. vacuums and scrapers).
  • Package, transport and dispose of asbestos in a safe manner.
  • Respond to accidents and emergencies, and clean up after accidents.

Related professions hazardous materials

  • Removal worker, all other hazardous materials


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

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


  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • 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.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • Remove contaminants

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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