Profession hazardous waste technician

Hazardous waste technicians dispose of materials that have been in contact with or are ignitable, corrosive, reactive, toxic or a combination of the aforementioned hazardous traits. They remove the waste from industrial facilities or households and transport them to a treatment facility to ensure they are treated and disposed of according to regulations. They may also advise on the proper treatment of hazardous waste, and aid in the clean-up of hazardous waste spills.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Waste and scrap products

    The offered waste and scrap products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Hazardous waste types

    The different types of waste which poses risks to the environment or public health and safety, such as radioactive waste, chemicals and solvents, electronics, and mercury-containing waste.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hazardous materials transportation

    Regulations and safety procedures which are involved in the transportation of hazardous materials and products, such as hazardous waste, chemicals, explosives, and flammable materials.

  • Waste management

    The methods, materials and regulations used to collect, transport, treat and dispose of waste. This includes recycling and monitoring of waste disposal.

  • Hazardous waste storage

    The regulations and procedures surrounding the safekeeping of materials and substances which pose health and safety risks.

  • Characteristics of waste

    Expertise in the different types, the chemical formulas and other characteristics of solid, liquid and hazardous waste.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Avoid contamination

    Avoid the mixing or contamination of materials.

  • Dispose of hazardous waste

    Dispose of dangerous materials such as chemical or radioactive substances according to environmental and to health and safety regulations.

  • 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.

  • Ensure compliance with waste legislative regulations

    Implement and monitor company procedures for the collection, transport and disposal of waste, in compliance with all regulations and legal requirements.

  • Assess contamination

    Analyse evidence of contamination. Advise on how to decontaminate.

  • Follow safety standards in industrial contexts

    Abide by safety procedures and standards for industrial contexts, mostly where machinery is involved.

  • Assess waste type

    Identify waste materials during collection and sorting operations which can either be recycled, disposed of, or otherwise treated, in order to assess the way in which they need to be treated and sorted.

Optional knowledge and skills

collect industrial waste test samples for pollutants instruct employees on radiation protection wear appropriate protective gear radiochemistry inspect compliance with hazardous waste regulations test electrical equipment drain hazardous liquids issue licences establish waste collection routes decontamination techniques operate recycling processing equipment radiation protection read maps advise on waste management procedures heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration parts pollution legislation respond to nuclear emergencies monitor disposal of radioactive substances pneumatics document analysis results sort waste monitor radiation levels maintain waste collection records clean up spilled oil maintain recycling records educate on hazardous waste ensure compliance with radiation protection regulations pollution prevention follow nuclear plant safety precautions develop radiation protection strategies develop hazardous waste management strategies hydraulics radioactive contamination collect samples for analysis report pollution incidents