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IUPAT Protects Hazmat Technicians and Asbestos Workers with Union Rights

Asbestos Removers – Hazardous Material Workers

Asbestos Workers, Mould Removers, Fire Stopping, Sprayed Polyurethane Applicators, Polypropylene Plastic Sheet Membrane Applicators, Air Vapour Barriers and Hazmat Technicians are exclusive and special trades which the IUPAT represents throughout Ontario. Asbestos Workers, Hazmat Technicians and those mentioned require specialized training and must perform their craft in commercial and residential areas that are usually restricted. Because of the complicated nature of these crafts, IUPAT is working with the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre (IFSTC) for training in health and safety as well as skills enrichment. Mandatory health and safety certificates are required prior to starting work.

Become an Asbestos Remover, Hazmat Technicians or learn other specialized trades.


Employment Requirements for Special Trades

Prior to learning asbestos and hazardous materials removal and skills for other trades, you will want to learn more about the demands of the job. The unique nature of these trades allows for variation in working requirements and conditions in these crafts.

  • Hours of work are 44 hours per week.
  • Overtime is paid after 44 hours worked at time and one-half except statutory holidays is at double time the regular hourly rate.
  • Shift work may be necessary in this industry of which premiums are to be paid.
  • For new entrants into the industry rates of pay vary depending on the amount of hours worked.
  • Health & welfare benefits apply and pension is paid depending on the hours worked in the industry.

Inquire about special trades training for Asbestos Removers, Hazmat Technicians and others today.


HAZMAT – Hazardous Materials Worker Apprenticeship Program

We are proud and pleased to have had a successful outcome in the most recent HAZMAT Apprenticeship program.

We thank the Ministry for identifying the need to approve the new HAZMAT program such short notice. The HAZMAT apprenticeship program involves the following:

  • Training is 3000 hours this includes 102 hours in-school
  • 3 weeks of trade school 7am – 3:30pm Monday to Friday
  • Certificate of Apprenticeship will be available when 3000 hours and Trade School are completed
  • Academic entry requirements are Grade 12 or equivalent GED or CAAT
  • Proof of CDN status, Social Insurance Number, and picture I.D is required
  • A $40 Apprenticeship Contract fee payable to IFSTC (Cash or Cheque)
  • Wage rates start at $16.64 per hour for the first 900 hours worked to a top rate of $29.02 after May 1, 2014.

We are anticipating the same outcome for this program along with other Health and Safety programs which will be delivered in our new training centre opening in Ottawa.

Contact your local Training Centre for further details and start dates for the next Hazmat course!

Toronto – IFSTC – Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre
60 Sharer Road
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 8P4

Ottawa – IFSTC – Interior Finishing System Training Centre
190 Colonnade Rd, unit 30
Nepean, Ontario K2E 7J5

Contact us for more information today, and a union representative will get back to you shortly.