Environmental Factor, August 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Hazmat Training Funding Opportunity Announcements
Pursuant to its role under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), on July 9 the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/home.htm) issued Requests for Applications (RFAs) for two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs)- Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training (RFA-ES-09-004) and Hazmat Training at Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Weapons Complex (RFA-ES-09-003). For both RFAs, the due date for letters of intent is October 23, 2009, and applications are due November 23, 2009.
Section 126(g) of SARA authorizes an assistance program for the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and emergency response. Congress assigned responsibility for administering this program to the NIEHS.
- Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training (U45) (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-09-004.html)
The major objective of this solicitation is to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training of workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste operations, hazardous materials transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities or chemical emergency response. A variety of sites, such as those involved with chemical waste clean up and remedial action and transportation-related chemical emergency response, may pose severe health and safety concerns to workers and the surrounding communities. These sites are often characterized by the multiplicity of substances present, the presence of unknown substances and the general uncontrolled condition of the site. A major goal of this program is to provide assistance to organizations in developing their institutional competency to provide appropriate model training and education programs to workers exposed to hazardous materials and waste.
This FOA lists three distinct program areas - Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program, Minority Worker Training Program, and the Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program. A special website (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/funding/hwwt2009_rfa_links.cfm) provides important background reports and other information about the three program areas.
- Hazmat Training at DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex (U45) (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-09-003.html)
The major objective of this solicitation is to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training and education of workers in the DOE nuclear weapons complex. Safety and health training will transmit skills and knowledge to workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste operations, facility decommissioning and decontamination, hazardous materials transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities or chemical emergency response. Currently, tens of thousands of DOE employees require safety and health training to help reduce the risk of their being exposed in the course of their work to hazardous materials and hazardous waste products.