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SEIU Education and Support Fund

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

William (Bill) Borwegen
Tel (202) 730-7385
Fax (202) 429-5565
SEIU Education and Support Fund
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Program Contact

Mark Catlin
Haz Mat Project Coordinator
Tel (202) 730-7290
Fax (202) 429-5565
SEIU Education and Support Fund
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Target Training Populations

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This nationwide training program is targeted to acute-care hospital employees, road maintenance workers and wastewater treatment operators, with chemical emergency responsibilities at their facilities. The training is in hazardous materials emergency first responder awareness and operations level competencies.

Program Description

The SEIU Education and Support Fund's Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program provides hazardous materials awareness and operational response training. Through the unique access provided to the Program by the national network of local unions in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Program prevents acute and chronic injury and illness among workers who are exposed to hazardous materials and wastes in emergency situations. The Program accomplishes this by training workers in eight-hour awareness-level emergency response classes, in four-hour awareness-level refresher classes, and in 24-hour operations-level emergency response classes. Training is conducted by an existing team of specially-trained SEIU-provided rank-and-file worker-trainers, using the Small Group Activity Method (SGAM) approach. Some classes are conducted in Spanish. More than 5,000 workers will be trained during the five years of this program.


The target population is employed in 40 states but is concentrated in California, New York, Maine, and New Hampshire and is employed in a wide range of jobs in acute-care hospitals, road maintenance, and waste water treatment. Nationwide, the SEIU represents approximately 375,000 workers in acute care hospitals, 10,000 workers in highway maintenance and 7,500 workers in wastewater treatment.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2015

Grant Numbers

  • U45ES06178

Other Participating Organizations

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