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Decontamination Technicians

Decontamination Technicians

Decontamination Technicians


Main Topic: Environment and Society
Secondary Topic: Places and Regions 

Overview: Decontamination technicians may perform work under rigorous conditions in a laboratory environment, or in the field if there has been a spill or contamination that needs to be addressed. While the role might appear different, decontamination techs adhere to rigorous procedures as well as tight deadlines. Below are some of the jobs that may be required from day to day in the field: Undertake lab or field tests and surveys to collect data on the immediate conditionsIdentify sources of pollution or contaminationClassify and evaluate sources of pollution and the effects of suchClean, test, calibrate and maintain lab and field decontamination toolsPerform sampling activities to provide report dataAssis in health and safety programmingPrepare reports for review by senior staff. Decontamination technician managers are adept at solving problems, combatting novel contamination situations using innovative and exacting processes. These individuals may find themselves with a team reporting to them, and will likely encounter the following in their scope of duties: Manage training for work groups and end-users to conform to initial processing stagesManage manufacturer relationships for instrument parametersAnalyze and approve protocols for identifying and managing problems as they occurParticipate in safety and infection control policy creation or updatesObtain and monitor data reports. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Human Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Management, Hazards Management, Human Geography 

Skills: Environmental Management, Hazards Planning, Physical Geography, Human Geography 

Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Learn more about Decontamination Technicians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/nuclear-technicians.htm

Written by Christopher Hinojosa