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About the Worker Training Program (WTP)

Training for Workers in Hazardous Environments

Worker training attendees in protective gear
(Photo courtesy of Alabama Fire College)

WTP provides grants to nonprofit organizations, including labor-based health and safety organizations and academic institutions, so they can deliver training to a variety of workers who may face a hazardous work environment. Training is provided to workers across many occupational sectors, such as:

  • Environmental cleanup workers
  • First responders
  • Health care employees
  • Industrial or construction workers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Transportation or rail workers

Some training is tailored to specific populations, such as underemployed or non-English-speaking workers.

WTP supports curricula development and training programs throughout the United States to help employers meet requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standards for hazardous waste operations and emergency response.

Training is provided under six program areas:

  • Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program
  • Environmental Career Worker Training Program
  • HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program
  • SBIR E-Learning for HAZMAT Program
  • NIEHS/DOE Nuclear Worker Training Program
  • Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Program

Resources for the Health and Safety Community

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.

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