Worker Training Program
The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) awards grants to train workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation, and emergency response. Funding is provided through the following program areas:
- The Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program provides model occupational safety and health training for workers who are or may be engaged in activities related to hazardous waste removal, containment, or chemical emergency response.
- The NIEHS/DOE Nuclear Worker Training Program focuses on training workers engaged in environmental restoration, waste treatment, and emergency response activities at sites in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex. Grants awarded under this program area are funded through an interagency agreement with DOE.
- The Environmental Career Worker Training Program, known as the Minority Worker Training Program until 2014, focuses on delivering comprehensive training to increase the number of disadvantaged and underrepresented minority workers in areas such as environmental restoration, construction, hazardous materials/waste handling, and emergency response.
- The HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program supports the development and delivery of disaster-specific training to prepare workers to respond to natural disasters and possible future terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
- The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) E-Learning for HAZMAT Program focuses on the development of e-learning products that support health and safety training of hazardous materials workers, emergency responders, and skilled support personnel; community and citizen preparation and resiliency; and research into the acute and long-term health effects of environmental disasters.
Resources for the Health and Safety Community
The WTP also funds the National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training, a national resource for hazardous waste worker curricula, technical reports, and weekly news on hazardous materials, waste operations, and emergency response. The National Clearinghouse supports the efforts of WTP staff and awardees in providing health and safety training to workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation, and emergency response.