Profession decontamination worker

Decontamination workers remove and dispose of hazardous materials, such as radioactive materials or contaminated soil. They handle hazardous materials in compliance with safety regulations, investigate causes of contamination, and remove the contamination from the structure or site.

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Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Cleaning industry health and safety measures

    Preventive and interventional methods used in the cleaning industry to maintain health and safety for all workers and tertiary persons.

  • Hazardous waste treatment

    The methods applied in the treatment and disposal of hazardous waste such as asbestos, dangerous chemicals, and various contaminants, as well as the surrounding environmental regulations and legislation.

  • Decontamination techniques

    The methods and techniques used for the decontamination of waste by removing or neutralising the harmful substance.

  • Radioactive contamination

    The different causes of the presence of radioactive substances in liquids, solids, or gases or on surfaces, and the manner in which to identify the types of contaminants, their risks, and the contaminants' concentration.

  • Radiation protection

    The measures and procedures used to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • 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.

  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle chemical cleaning agents document analysis results hazardous waste storage dispose of hazardous waste perform demarcation secure working area ensure compliance with waste legislative regulations follow safety procedures when working at heights test samples for pollutants report on building damage ensure operability of protective equipment identify damage to buildings assist people in contaminated areas advise on soil and water protection hazardous materials transportation

Common job titles

  • Plant worker
  • Laboratory assistant
  • 1st shift plant worker
  • Vehicle service worker
  • Asbestos worker
  • Safety and occupational health manager
  • Sterilization technician
  • Subject matter expert
  • Asbestos abatement worker
  • Sergeant