Occupational Safety and Hazardous Substances Training
Superfund Research Program
Under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) of NIEHS is mandated to establish and support training in accredited institutions of higher education to educate state and local health and environmental agency personnel, labor professionals, and other professional personnel engaged in the following activities: 1) the handling of hazardous substances, 2) the management of facilities at which hazardous substances are located and 3) the evaluation of hazards to human health presented by such facilities. This training includes 1) short courses and continuing education for workers engaged in handling hazardous substance and 2) graduate and advanced training in environmental and occupational health and safety in the public health and engineering aspects of hazardous waste control.
The SRP is committed to providing opportunities for training in the environmental and occupational health and safety of hazardous waste. Two examples of SRP’s support for this type of training can be found in SRP’s Request for Information which determined the need for design and organization of hazardous substance training programs in emerging technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, remediation (chemical, physical, and biological), and exposure sciences (assessment, biology, sensor technology). SRP has also provided support to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to administer training grants to Educational Resource Centers (ERCs) at various Universities around the United States (PAR-10-217). For more information about SRP’s support of the ERCs, see the NIOSH Training Activities page.