The asbestos removal worker removes asbestos from structures such as ceilings and walls according to standard removal procedures. The worker is required to set up the work space by sealing it, setting up scaffolds, and setting up the air filtration system. Moving tools and other items to and from the work site is carried out by the asbestos removal worker. On the job, the worker performs duties such as softening the asbestos with a chemical, scraping off asbestos, and removing the asbestos so that it can be discarded correctly.
This job requires some physical strength to complete manual tasks. Additionally, attention to detail is needed as the area must be left free of asbestos after work is completed. The asbestos removal worker needs to understand company requirements and asbestos removal procedures so that the job can be carried out safely; therefore, experience in this type of removal is often preferred for these positions. The position may also require logistical skills such as maintaining material inventory.
Not all positions have educational requirements, though some require a high school diploma or equivalent. Knowledge of how to use various job-related tools must be demonstrated. Also, experience in the construction field - along with knowledge of asbestos removal - is often required as well. Some positions also call for asbestos certification, which is generally issued by the state.