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University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

Robert J. Emery , Dr.P.H.
Tel (713) 500-8100
Fax (713) 500-8111
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
P.O. Box 20036
Houston, Texas 77225

Target Training Populations

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The training provided by the Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (TUCHWWT) targets people working with, or in, high risk areas, communities, or industries or those engaged in high risk activities such as, hazardous waste/substances handling, transport, removal, disposal or spill/disaster response. Training programs are specifically tailored to workers with high, mid, and low technical skill levels. Special emphasis is directed towards recruiting and training veterans and minority populations in order to enhance diversity and provide career opportunities to groups who may not have been previously aware of safety-related careers.

Program Description

TUCHWWT offers training in the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) program area. This consortium combines the practical hands-on experiences of trained field professionals from a variety of industries with the strength of academic instructors from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The TUCHWWT training approach is to provide customized, targeted training to meet the specific training needs of the audience. Training focus was initially placed on the high risk industries located in Public Health R regions 6 and 8 including the mining and oil and gas extraction sector groups, shipyards and ports in the transportation sector group and the healthcare industry. Training topics include safe handling techniques; site security; sampling strategies; safe storage, signage, and labeling; best practices in the use of personal protective equipment; basic emergency and disaster response; and other regulatory requirements and best work practices. The primary training goal is to impart the instantly useable knowledge necessary to safely handle, transport, and remove hazardous wastes, as well as the critical skills needed to respond to emergencies, spills, or intentional breaches. A secondary goal of the training program is to provide a subset of course participants with a high level of technical and management skills so they may, in turn, train other workers.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2015 (HWWT)

Grant Numbers

  • U45ES019360 (HWWT)

Other Participating Organizations

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