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The New England Consortium (TNEC) and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA-NY), Local 1000, AFSCME

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

Craig Slatin, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Community Health and Sustainability
Tel (978) 934-3291
Fax (978) 934-2012, (978) 934-3012
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Department of Community Health and Sustainability
205 Riverside Street
Pinanski Hall Room 301
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854

Program Contact

Paul Morse
Tel (978) 934-4389
Fax (978) 934-2012
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
600 Suffolk Street, 5th Floor
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854

Target Training Populations

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The New England Consortium / Civil Service Employees Association (TNEC / CSEA) offers training under the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program to diverse groups of workers including environmental consultants, engineers, government employees, industrial and transportation workers, emergency responders, health and safety managers, contractors, building trades workers, career firefighters, leaders in protective services, and service sector workers. Workers and emergency response team members come from a wide range of New England and New York facilities with a high likelihood for using significant quantities of hazardous materials in production and operations. These industries include frozen food and ice cream production, printing, auto-body repair, bio-technology, computer sciences, hospitals, clinics, health centers, colleges and universities, dry cleaning plants, and utilities. Additionally, TNEC and CSEA engage in important collaborations with public sector emergency response workers, wastewater and water treatment plant personnel, public works departments, Region 1 OSHA inspectors, and staff from federal, state and local Departments of Health and Environmental Protection. Over the last fifteen years, TNEC has worked with a number of minority worker and workforce development training programs in the states of CT, MA and RI. A valuable partnership continues with U.S. EPA Region 1 and Tribal Nations from four New England states focusing on customized contract 40-hour hazardous waste site worker, refresher and construction safety courses.


The CSEA Peer Trainer Program conducts a wide variety of training programs targeting public works, highway, wastewater and other workers who may be first on the scene or may have to assist in a response to a chemical spill or emergency, employees involved in construction or repair work in or around excavations and trenches, water, wastewater or sewer maintenance personnel, employees who enter manholes or vaults, clean or maintain machinery, buildings or ventilation systems, and others who work in areas where there are hazardous chemicals, and those who work in and/or design work zones. Train-the-trainer courses are 32-40 hours in length. The resulting direct training classes range from one day to two day courses. These members come from NY State Departments of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Conservation (DEC), the State University of New York (SUNY) system, county highway, municipal Departments of Public Works employees, public hospitals, sanitation departments and landfill workers, and custodians, janitors and cleaning workers from state, county and municipal governments.

Program Description

The New England Consortium / Civil Service Employees Association (TNEC / CSEA) provides health and safety (H&S) training under the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program; and it has built Hazard Disaster Preparedness Training into that program. TNEC also infuses its popular education worker-centered training with blended learning using enhanced training technology. The program has developed a nationally recognized computer-based Hazardous Waste Site Simulation (SIM) activity now used in its 40-hr. Hazardous Waste Site Worker H&S Training. The simulation is adapted to support the use of the participatory Small Group Activity Method (SGAM) and hands-on training, both of which are emphasized by the NIEHS WETP. Overall, the program offers the following courses: 40-hour Hazardous Waste Site Operations and Emergency Response, 24-hour Emergency Responder, Refresher, Supervisor / Incident Commander / NIMS, and Awareness Level ER training, including Hazard Disaster Preparedness training. In the last several years, the Consortium has increased the number of OSHA10-hour Construction Safety, 14-hour Confined Space, and Work Zone Safety programs related to Emergency Response. The participatory design of the training, using empowerment-oriented worker education methodology, is intended to facilitate a learning process in which workers find encouragement and support, as well as practice, to participate in workplace decision-making regarding H&S


The Consortium seeks to sustain the capacity of its member organizations to lead and support the regional and national H&S movement. It includes five New England Coalitions for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) organizations, the Civil Service Employees Association of NY State (AFSCME 1000), and a worker health and safety education program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Consortium participation strengthens the capacity as essential resources for high quality worker-oriented safety and health training that is technically accurate, and educationally appropriate. At the same time, TNEC serves to strengthen the University of Massachusetts Lowell's worker safety and health education capacities through its School of Health and Environment. Collectively, these organizations are working continually to build strong links among public health professionals, worker health educators, and labor movement health and safety activists in order to maintain high quality training for hazardous waste workers and emergency responders.


CSEA's Peer Trainer Program focuses on the most hazardous job duties that workers face such as road construction and maintenance, confined space entry, emergency response and working with dangerous chemicals. The main objective of the program is to eliminate all preventable fatalities and injuries that can result from such hazardous work. No one knows their worksite better than those who work in it. This cost-effective, labor/management initiative creates an internal safety and health training structure that allows for a site-specific, compliant training on for workers by workers. Peer trainers are able to connect with other trainers from different municipalities, counties and state agencies. This has led to information sharing and more communication on hazard identification, hazard control, written programs, program implementation and evaluation, sharing of resources, and discount buying of equipment.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2015

Grant Numbers

  • U45ES06172

Other Participating Organizations

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