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Training Summaries & Highlights

Worker Training Program

Since 1987, the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) has supported a national network of more than 100 universities, labor-based safety programs, and other institutions that deliver high-quality, peer-reviewed safety and health curriculum to hazardous waste workers and emergency responders in every region of the United States. These courses have established national benchmarks for quality worker safety and health training, including a strong emphasis on peer instructors and hands-on instruction.

The following training summaries provide an overview of the total number of workers/students trained, courses provided, and course hours completed across the WTP program areas. The tables also highlight job placement rates for both the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP), known as the Minority Worker Training Program until 2014, and the NIEHS/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (funded from 1998 to 2008).

Highlights from the summaries include:

  • Since 1987, the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program has supported the training of more than 2.5 million workers, for a total of over 30 million contact hours.
  • Nearly 10,000 students have been trained under the ECWTP and the NIEHS/EPA Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program, with almost 70 percent of program graduates finding jobs in environmental remediation or construction fields.
  • Over a 20-year period, NIEHS/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awardees have delivered more than 6 million contact hours of safety and health training across the DOE complex. During that time, awardees have trained nearly half a million workers.
  • Since 2006, HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program awardees have trained approximately 80,000 workers, delivering more than 800,000 contact hours of training.

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program 26-Year Training Summary for the Budget Period Sept. 1, 1987 – July 31, 2013

Year Total Courses Total Workers Total Contact Hours
1988-1998 38,483 730,063 11,417,361
1999 3,981 74,013 956,251
2000 4,124 75,155 984,350
2001 4,806 79,710 1,031,394
2002 5,298 93,996 1,098,503
2003 5,586 95,265 1,132,682
2004 7,054 124,127 1,222,333
2005 7,663 130,837 1,211,824
2006 6,696 111,872 1,159,651
2007 7,848 131,037 1,425,059
2008 8,115 140,126 1,385,505
2009 8,308 149,488 1,458,660
2010 9,075 172,308 1,552,429
2011 7,775 134,539 1,306,807
2012 8,444 137,358 1,348,264
2013 8,607 142,141 1,407,102
Total 141,862 2,522,023 30,097,791


NIEHS/DOE Worker Training Program 20-Year Training Summary for the Budget Period Sept. 1, 1993 – Aug. 31, 2013

Year Total Courses Total Workers Total Contact Hours
1994 486 7,107 184,604
1995 1,091 13,566 249,704
1996 1,199 18,642 290,938
1997 1,277 18,394 244,212
1998 983 15,048 217,666
1999 922 14,049 202,997
2000 1,152 15,860 218,087
2001 1,379 18,833 245,436
2002 1,954 25,399 302,723
2003 1,959 23,187 303,633
2004 2,367 29,240 374,957
2005 1,961 25,442 329,840
2006 2,044 26,365 325,533
2007 2,283 34,074 402,635
2008 2,225 33,702 414,746
2009 2,265 36,266 530,271
2010 2,188 35,329 523,287
2011 1,987 31,238 405,556
2012 1,963 29,842 365,083
2013 1,790 27,737 309,977
Total 33,475 479,320 6,439,741


HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program 8-Year Training Summary for the Budget Period Sept. 1, 2006 – July 31, 2013

Year Total Courses Total Workers Total Contact Hours
2006 508 6,385 79,189
2007 653 9,095 99,623
2008 787 11,628 123,984
2009 701 12,267 111,772
2010 655 9,251 95,297
2011 660 8,870 85,348
2012 684 9,327 94,096
2013 825 12,465 112,668
Total 5,473 79,288 801,977

NIEHS/EPA Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program 10-Year Summary of Training 

Year Students Trained Placed in Jobs Percentage of Students Placed in Jobs
1998-2005 2,448 1,656 68 percent
2005-2007 691 495 83 percent
2007-2008 226 155 69 percent
Total 3,365 2,306 70 percent

NIEHS Minority Worker Training Program 18-Year Training Summary for the Budget Period Sept. 1, 1996 – Aug. 31, 2013

Year Students Trained Placed in Jobs Percentage of Students Placed in Jobs
1996-2007 3,884 2,587 67 percent
2008 317 222 70 percent
2009 379 285 75 percent
2010 531 372 70 percent
2011 396 291 73 percent
2012 366 274 75 percent
2013 367 279 76 percent
Total 6,240 4,310 70 percent

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