(Clean and Seal)

                                                (Lead Removal)




This is specialized and skilled laboring work, abating environmental nuisances affecting quality of life for Philadelphia citizens. Employees in this class perform abatement working in one of two assignment areas:  the Clean and Seal Program in the City's licensing and inspections agency, or in the Lead Abatement Program in the City's public health agency. An employee in this class functions as lead worker for lower-level laborers and ensures adherence to work quality and safety standards. Work is performed under the supervision of a Labor Crew Chief or Environmental Health Inspector.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:    (The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)


·         Positions in the Clean and Seal Program must function as lead workers, sealing windows and doors of vacant properties using cinderblock and mortar, and sealing windows on upper floors with sheet metal.

·         Positions in the Lead Abatement Program must function as lead workers removing lead paint from homes, and stabilizing chipping and peeling lead paint according to HUD guidelines.

·         The positions must be located in the Department of Licenses and Inspections or in the Health Department.




Both Specialties


            Travels to and from various assigned worksites; serves as a lead worker for employees.

            Uses various hand tools; cleans tools and paint or mortar pans; removes tools from vehicle; inspects tools to determine if in proper working order; returns tools to vehicle upon completion of assignment.

            Performs related work as required.


Clean and Seal Specialty


Seals basement and ground level windows and doors of properties using cinderblock and mortar; lays cinderblock to seal doors and windows of vacant properties; prepares and reconstructs window and door foundations when structural damage exists; uses mason's level to check window and door frames prepared by helper; erects and works from scaffolding placed in front and rear of property; seals windows on upper floors with sheet metal; inspects mixed mortar for proper consistency; directs helper to add or delete certain mortar ingredients in order to arrive at proper consistency.

Spreads mortar with trowel; imbeds cinderblock firmly into mortar; sets and levels block by tapping block with brick hammer; places block in horizontal rows in the "lock" pattern; finishes mortar between cinderblock; uses brick hammer to cut block into pieces for insertion into small spaces.

May seal windows and doors of upper floors with sheet metal; trains helpers in laying cinderblock and mixing mortar; may mix mortar for sealing with cinderblock.


Lead Removal Specialty


Sets up containment areas and sections off property into safe zones to keep from contaminating entire property and other properties.

Cleans up all lead debris and dust caused by defective lead based paint using a HEPA vacuum and 6mm plastic tarps to contain lead dust created during cleanup process.

Stabilizes all chipping and peeling lead paint according to HUD guidelines by enclosing with plastic tarps to prevent contamination or using the wet-scrape process of paint removal, dampening down the area to be treated before removing the lead paint; smoothes all surfaces to make them easier to clean.

Prime and re-paint areas where lead-based paint has been removed.

Replaces floors, drop ceilings and re-hangs doors when necessary; repairs roofs.

Fills out daily log detailing work performed at each property for supervisory review.






·         methods, practices, materials and tools used in the area of specialization

·         the occupational hazards and safety precautions used in the area of specialization

·         the methods, materials, tools and practices used in erecting and dismantling scaffolding




·         laying cinderblock and mixing and applying mortar for the Clean and Seal specialty

·         the care and use of tools

·         stabilizing chipping and peeling lead paint by using wet scrape process of paint removal for the Lead Removal specialty




·         direct crew members in performing abatement activities in the area of specialization

·         erect and work from scaffolding

·         understand and follow oral and written instructions

·         perform heavy manual labor for an extended period, often under adverse conditions


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/04.)


Both specialties




Ability to read and write English.





One year of experience in general laboring operations.





Clean and Seal Specialty


One year of experience sealing vacant properties for the City’s Clean and Seal Program, using mortar and cinderblock to seal windows, doors and other openings.


Lead Removal Specialty

One year of experience removing lead paint from homes, and stabilizing chipping and peeling lead paint for the City's Lead Abatement Program.




            Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included the Specific Experience described above.




Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




Possession of Lead Abatement Worker certification as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to admittance to the examination and at the time of appointment and during tenure of employment for the Lead Removal specialty.

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an Abatement Worker, if required by work assignment.


Class Established:

CSC - 10/87

Ad. Board - 11/87
Spec. Revision:

CSC - 6/02

Ad. Board - 9/02

Spec. Revision:

CSC - 01/04

Ad. Board - 05/04

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC – 11/15

Ad. Board – 12/15