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Hazardous Waste Management Technicians
Hazardous waste management technicians are trained to safely contain and remove highly toxic or volatile materials (such as chemicals, radioactive waste and materials, and even certain types of mold that cause serious allergic reactions). Broadly defined, a hazardous waste is any substance that threatens human health or the environment. Specifically, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, hazardous waste is "a contaminated chemical or by-product of a production process that no longer serves its purpose and needs to be disposed of in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency. This could include small amounts of chemicals such as parts washing solvents in a machine shop, or large amounts of construction by-products."