Hazardous materials (hazmat) removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other hazardous materials. They also neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, or toxic.
Work environments for hazmat removal workers vary with the material they are handling. Some must wear protective suits for several hours at a time. Completing projects often requires night and weekend work. Overtime is common, particularly for emergency or disaster response workers.
Hazmat removal workers need a high school diploma and are trained on the job. Most workers complete up to 40 hours of training in accordance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Some hazmat removal workers need a state license or permit.
The median annual wage for hazardous materials removal workers was $39,690 in May 2015.
Employment of hazmat removal workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job openings will stem from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
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