Hazardous Materials Worker

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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 and disposed of safely. ❞
Hazardous materials workers identify, removes, packages, transport and disposes of hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, lead, mercury, and other biological hazards.

Key Skills & Attributes

Eagerness to develop new skills and show initiative
Physically fit with a willingness to work outdoors
Excellent communication and listening skills
Ability to work as part of a team, and\or independently
A strong work ethic and positive attitude
Well organized, punctual and reliable

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12 Diploma

Apprenticeship Program

As a Hazardous Material Worker apprentice, you will learn as you earn by attending one 4-week in-school session in between a period of paid work experience. Keeping a logbook ensures you meet all the job skills required to work safely and productively.


Apprentices of the program are expected to be familiar with applicable legislation including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Environmental Protection Act and their regulations.

Journeyperson Wage Rate:


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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.


Laborers' International Union of North America

International Union of Painters & Allied Trades