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Utility Workers of America, AFL-CIO

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

D. Michael Langford
Tel (202) 974-8200
Fax (202) 974-8201
mlangford@uwua.net
Utility Workers of America, AFL-CIO
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Program Contact

John Devlin
Safety Director
Tel (845) 724-3777
Fax (845) 724-3944
jdevlin@uwua.net
Utility Workers of America, AFL-CIO
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Target Training Populations

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The Utility Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UWUA) represents 50,000 utility workers in 219 local unions in 27 states and the Virgin Islands who are employed in electrical generation (nuclear and fossil fuel); electrical transmission and distribution; gas transmission and distribution; and water treatment, distribution, and purification. The training will help workers and supervisors to protect themselves during emergencies and to implement strategies to prevent deadly accidents that could impact the workers as well as communities surrounding the utility.


Program Description

UWUA trains utility workers to meet the requirements for OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.120  . UWUA modifies existing curricula for the utility worker population and conducts worker/manager training programs to protect these workers/managers and community residents from exposure to hazardous materials and wastes generated by utility operations. This training helps workers and supervisors to protect themselves during emergencies and to implement strategies to prevent deadly accidents that could impact the workers as well as communities surrounding the utility. This training prepares workers to deal properly with hazardous waste, to defensively secure hazardous waste safely when responding to emergencies, as well as to be aware of potential hazards when working off-site from the utility. UWUA works to establish a culture within these utility facilities that allows for a cooperative relationship between labor and management to identify hazards before they become emergencies and to remediate them. In addition, UWUA actively engages underserved members of the community through involvement in the training program. The trainings then give workers and managers the opportunity to interact with each other and begin the process of solving these problems together. The premise is that the joint problem solving that begins during the training will continue between workers and managers in the workplace.


Project Duration

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

Grant Numbers

  • U45ES019342 (HWWT, HDPT)

Other Participating Organizations

  • None

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