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Environmental Cleanup (Hazardous Spill) Technicians

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Environmental Cleanup (Hazardous Spill) Technicians

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Examples of knowledge and skills required


Work Activities of Environmental Cleanup (Hazardous Spill) Technicians

Importance
Activity
88% 

Recovering and remove contaminant material

  • Identify and evaluate recovery/removal options, including equipment options
  • Determine if recovered product is hazardous or nonhazardous
  • Identify storage for recovered product
  • Transfer/transport recovered product
  • Identify disposal/reuse options

88% 

Contain and control environmental threat

  • Consider contingency plan and determine course of action to minimize impact of spill
  • Identify and evaluate containment options
  • Select and execute containment option(s)
  • Evaluate effectiveness of containment options

88% 

Conduct initial site assessment

  • Ensure personnel safety
  • Perform a personnel headcount
  • Establish communications with appropriate parties, including spiller, if possible
  • Ensure that spill notifications are made
  • Estimate severity of spill: estimate area impacted and its environmental sensitivity;
  • Determine environmental/weather conditions: monitor weather; monitor air and water
  • Conduct hazard assessment, including establishment of the exclusion zone
  • Review Material Safety Data Sheet(MSDS) to determine associated hazards
  • Determine appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) based on MSDS
  • Establish site safety plan
  • Set initial objectives
  • Determine equipment and personnel needs
  • Follow/complete pre-entry plan
  • Complete reports/forms
  • Maintain documentation

87% 

Documenting/Recording Information

  • record test results, test procedures, or inspection data

87% 

Control sources of environmental threat

  • Identify and review control options
  • Set up decontamination area
  • Select and execute control option(s)
  • Evaluate effectiveness of control option(s)

87% 

Operate and maintain equipment

  • Perform preventative maintenance
  • Safely operate equipment within its limitations
  • Assemble, disassemble, or reassemble equipment components
  • Troubleshoot equipment
  • Perform minor repairs
  • Test and evaluate equipment
  • Maintain documentation

86% 

Decontaminate personnel and equipment

  • Implement the appropriate decontamination procedures
  • Evaluate effectiveness of decontamination
  • Manage and reduce waste
  • Properly dispose of waste material

86% 

Ensure regulatory compliance

  • Identify applicable regulations
  • Review applicable regulations
  • Interpret regulations
  • Apply regulations to your work
  • Maintain documentation

85% 

Participate in training exercises

  • Assist in development of training materials
  • Provide classroom and field training
  • Conduct presentations
  • Assist in writing operations manual(s)
  • Maintain mandatory refresher training
  • Evaluate effectiveness of training

85% 

Set up managing or staging areas

  • Identify resources needed
  • Identify/determine staging site(s)
  • Establish security
  • Track personnel and equipment
  • Demobilize personnel, equipment and supplies

84% 

Monitor wildlife impact

  • Know and follow federal, state, and local regulations
  • Activate appropriate permits through Operations Manager
  • Identify wildlife areas and verify wildlife in the areas
  • Identify wildlife species
  • Assess wildlife conditions
  • Notify appropriate individuals: Haze, capture, or collect wildlife, as directed; Stabilize

83% 

Manage hazardous material

  • Ensure regulatory compliance
  • Identify and categorize hazardous materials
  • Inspect hazardous materials storage areas
  • Collect and transport hazardous materials
  • Properly label and package hazardous materials for storage, shipment or disposal

83% 

Conduct site remediation

  • Assist in updating the site safety plan
  • Set up site safety zones
  • Physically modify the site safety zones as remediation progresses
  • Monitor the site; perform on-site tests
  • Set up/modify decontamination stations
  • Take proper samples
  • Set up and maintain remediation systems

78% 

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

76% 

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

72% 

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

72% 

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment

72% 

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

  • use chemical testing or analysis procedure
  • use chemical processing emergency procedures
  • use government regulations
  • use hazardous materials information
  • use health or sanitation standards
  • follow infectious materials procedures

70% 

Analyzing Data or Information

68% 

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

65% 

Performing General Physical Activities

64% 

Thinking Creatively

  • create mathematical or statistical diagrams or charts
  • determine specifications

56% 

Developing and Building Teams

56% 

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others

52% 

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others

51% 

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others


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