International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Ontario Council
IUPAT District Council 46


Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Workers

Projects located throughout the province of Ontario, Canada

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Ontario Council, IUPAT District Council 46, is seeking Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Workers. Hazmat workers identify, remove and dispose of ASBESTOS WASTE, ARSENIC, LEAD, MOLD, SILICA, PCB and other hazardous materials.

In Ontario workers are part of the Hazardous Materials Worker Trade 253H.


  • Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Workers do the following:
  • Follow safety procedures during cleanup
  • Comply with Provincial Regulations regarding Abatement, Remediation and waste disposal
  • Hazmat Workers work in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors of the construction industry:
    • Apply safe working practices and procedures
    • Mobilize site enclosures
    • Pre-clean work areas
    • Build work area enclosures
    • Protect sensitive equipment
    • Set up decontamination chambers and waste chutes
    • Remove and clean hazardous material
    • Perform final clean
    • Dismantle work area enclosures and decontamination chambers
    • Perform post tear-down clean
    • De-mobilize site enclosures
    • Protect the environment
    • Perform routine inspections

Hazmat Workers clean up materials that are harmful to people and the environment. They usually work in teams and follow strict instructions and guidelines. The specific duties of Hazmat Workers depend on the substances and the cleanup location. For example, removing Lead and Asbestos is different from cleaning up Mold contamination.

The following are examples of types of Hazmat removal work:

  • Asbestos and Lead Abatement: Remove Asbestos and Lead, respectively, from buildings and structures, particularly those that are being renovated or demolished. Most of this work is in older buildings that were originally built with Asbestos insulation and Lead-based paints—both of which are now banned. Until the 1970s, Asbestos was often used in buildings for fireproofing and insulation. However, Asbestos particles can cause deadly lung diseases. Similarly, until the 1970s, Lead was commonly used in paint, pipes, and plumbing fixtures. Inhaling Lead dust or ingesting chips of Lead-based paint may cause serious health problems, especially in children.
  • Asbestos Abatement: Hazmat Workers follow procedures prescribed by Regulation to control fibers release from asbestos containing material in a building by encapsulation, encasement, or removal.
  • Lead Abatement: Renovating or tearing down any structure that has lead-based paints or coatings. Workers apply chemicals to walls in order to remove Lead-based paint. Once applied, workers strip the walls, package the residue and paint chips, and place them in approved bags or containers for proper disposal. Some workers operate sandblasters, high-pressure water sprayers, and other tools to remove paint.
  • Mold Remediation: Although mold is not usually defined as a hazardous material, some mold—especially the types that cause allergic reactions such as Cladosporium and Stachybotrys—can affect a building to the extent that the mold must be removed. Hazmat Workers typically use wet vacuums to remove water, dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels, and fans to dry the affected areas. They sometimes must use chemicals to neutralize the mold or remove entire sections of drywall, insulation, or carpet.

Work Environment
Hazmat Workers wear protective clothing to reduce exposure to toxic materials. Working conditions vary with the hazardous material being removed. For example, workers removing Lead or Asbestos often work in confined spaces or at great heights and bend or stoop to remove the material.

Hazmat Workers typically work in office buildings, schools, or historic buildings that are being renovated. Completing projects often requires night and weekend work to meet deadlines.

Overtime is common, particularly for emergency flood response.

To Apply
Send résumé, work history, or any other qualifying information to: info@dc46.iupat.org.
For questions or for more information, please call our office at: 1.416.630.9604.

Hazardous Materials Worker currently requires a minimum of a High School Diploma or Equivalency.

Hazardous Materials Worker receives comprehensive training on the job. Training generally includes a combination of classroom instruction and field work. In the classroom, they learn safety procedures, regulatory requirements, worker hygiene and the proper use of personal protective equipment. While on site, they learn about equipment and chemicals, and are supervised by an experienced worker.

Apprenticeship Information
If interested in apprenticeship information, please visit the website for the IFSCT (Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre) at: ifstc.com.

Hazardous Materials Worker Apprenticeship Pathway to a Certificate of Qualification:

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