Hazardous Materials Worker

Certificate of Qualification 253H

“I care about the environment and people’s health. I’m proud of my role in ensuring hazardous materials are handled & disposed of safely.”

Hazardous materials workers identify, remove, package, transport and dispose of hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, lead, mercury, and other biological hazards.


  • Mobilize site enclosures

  • Pre-cleans work areas

  • Builds work area enclosures

  • Set up decontamination chambers and waste chutes

  • Remove & clean hazardous material

  • Dismantle work area enclosures & decontamination chambers

  • Perform post tear-down clean

  • De-mobilizes site enclosures

  • Perform routine inspections

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Eagerness to develop new skills

  • Excellent communication & listening skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team, and/or independently

  • A strong work ethic & positive attitude

  • Well organized, punctual & reliable

Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • Remediation and other waste management services

  • Waste treatment and disposal

Apprenticeship Program

3000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by 102 hours of in-class technical training (schedule of which can be delivered several ways).

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 10 minimum, Grade 12 numeracy/literacy preferred

  • Minimum 18 years of age

  • Valid Ontario driver’s licence

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$39.13/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

During the renovation of the West Block of the Parliament Precinct in Ottawa, more than 2,900 tons of asbestos-containing material was safely removed from the building.

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