Here is my situation. I started in January of this year, and in May I was asked by my full time sup if I wanted to move from midnight unload to work 12-5 midnight HAZMAT designated responder. The position is NOT a combo job; all I do is work straight HAZMAT. There was no bid for the position, I was asked and accepted the position. Almost immediately after I started in HAZMAT I have found that I have the opportunity to work almost unlimited hours. At times I have been asked by the twilight sup to start as early as 7PM, and I have worked as late as 11:00AM the next day working on damages and picking up leakers around the building. Being able to work 60+ hour weeks far outside of peak in one department surprised me. I was originally planning to go for a 22.3 job, or drive if I ever learn how to work a stick shift well, or maybe even go back to school and then work in Plant Engineering. But now I am reconsidering that, and I think I may make a career out of HAZMAT only. Yesterday I was talking to a person in our building that helps out in HAZMAT and is the Top Dog on part-time seniority (over 35 years part time as a sorter). He told me that HAZMAT is busy from May till the end of peak consistently. And with UPS suddenly becoming "eco-friendly" this year, the shear amount of material that needs to be processed instead of being thrown away will just increase the amount of help needed in our building's HAZMAT cage. Since starting, I have seen and dealt with almost every f***ed up leaker situation possible. From seeing the primary sort isle stopped for a package with a tiny, dry oil spot on it, to cleaning up 5 gallons of spilled, fuming, caustic, nasty as sulfuric acid. Still in reading this forum and talking to drivers in my building I think the position is less stressful than driving, and less physically damaging than handling packages constantly. What I want to know is everyone’s opinion on this, and on HAZMAT in general. Can I plan on retiring well working a part-time job with full-time hours? Have you just worked in HAZMAT part-time for a long time and have an opinion? Is your building’s HAZMAT cage being overwhelmed since the changes in the non-regulated materials book have come out? Let’s talk about HAZMAT in this thread.