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


  • Comply with safety procedures, provincial regulations and federal laws
  • Pre-cleans work areas
  • Build and dismantle enclosures for work areas
  • Set up and dismantle decontamination chambers
  • Remove and clean hazardous material
  • Perform post tear-down clean
  • Conduct routine inspections

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High School (recommended prerequisites):

  • Minimum Grade 10, Grade 12 preferred

Apprenticeship Program: 3 years of training, including 4,800 hours of practical training, 48 hours of in-class technical training and exam. Certified Hazmat Worker certificate awarded after
successful completion. As a trainee, you also earn while you learn

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication, reading, numeracy & problem-solving skills
  • Physical fitness, stamina, ability to lift 25 kg
  • Self-starter, ability to work in teams or alone

Trade Card Info Sheets

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Hourly Pay

$18.50 – $32.91*/hr *2020 rates

Projected Growth


10% over the decade
compared to 2020*

*BuildForce Canada

You have mechanical aptitude.

You are physically fit.

You are detail-oriented.

Did You Know?

Hazardous materials abatement workers may have different working conditions, depending on their area of expertise. Some must wear fully enclosed protective suits for several hours at a time.