Specific Program Accomplishments
Worker Education and Training Program
Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) has established an effective national framework to develop and provide comprehensive training that is needed to address the complex needs of Superfund cleanups, chemical emergency response, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective actions, and urban communities surrounding brownfields sites.
Twenty-three million dollars for budget period September 1, 2004 – August 31, 2005 funds were allocated to continue support of the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) to train hazardous waste workers and emergency responders. Of the $23 million, one supplemental action was made, which included $1,030,998 for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training response.
Between September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2005, health and safety training occurred in all regions of the country to relevant target populations with the prime focus on 29 CFR 1910.120 . The seventeen primary worker-training awardees, in conjunction with over eighty collaborating institutions, have delivered 7,663 courses, reaching 130,837 workers, which account for 1,211,824 contact hours of health and safety training. This training ranges from 4-hour refresher programs through more complex train-the-trainer courses lasting up to 120 hours in duration. During this period, 33% of the training focused on delivering Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cleanup worker training. This comprises 47,639 workers who received 80 hour training, basic 40 hour training, or 4-8 hour refresher courses out of the annual total of workers reached by the program. For a detailed description of all program accomplishments, please go to Hazardous Waste Worker Training Accomplishments report.