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Your Environment. Your Health.

CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

Principal Investigator / Institution

Chris Trahan Cain
Tel 301-578-8500
Fax 301-578-8572
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-5618

Program Contact

Gary Gustafson
Tel 301-578-8500, ext. 8535
Fax 301-578-8572
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-5618

Program Description

CPWR logo

CPWR is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit construction safety and health research and training arm of the North America’s Building Trades Unions, AFL-CIO, which represents 14 international/national building trades unions and more than 3 million workers. CPWR encourages the elimination or reduction of conditions constituting hazards to the health or safety of workers in the U.S. construction industry, and promotes the maintenance and improvement of safe and healthy working conditions for workers. CPWR consists of a training consortium of 11 international/national and diverse building trades unions that represent workers engaged in hazardous waste work at designated 1910.120 sites nationwide.

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP)

The HWWTP provides environmental health and safety training to construction workers from a variety of crafts and organizations, such as electrical workers, asbestos workers and insulators, carpenters, and others, to work safely and effectively in and around hazardous environments in support of the nation’s cleanup efforts. This effort involves the delivery of peer-led, hands-on interactive health and safety training, as well as comprehensive train-the-trainer programs.

Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP)

The ECWTP promotes a sustainable environmental career path for workers in the environmental and construction trades industries. The program provides comprehensive training to improve academic and life skills, provides general construction and environmental health and safety knowledge and certifications, and prepares underrepresented minorities for environmental remediation and construction trade jobs. Through a consortium of community-based partners, The Center for Construction Research and Training offers these programs in three urban centers across the U.S.: New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and East Palo Alto, California. CPWR trains and provides program-eligible residents in these communities with opportunities to become engaged in meaningful, long-term careers in the communities’ economic redevelopment, either as environmental remediation or general construction workers.

HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP)

Under the HDPTP, the CPWR program’s major objective is to develop a cadre of local skilled construction workers trained in disaster response who may be called on to support first responders in rescue, recovery, and cleanup operations. The HDPTP ensures that thousands of peer instructors, capable of delivering essential health and safety training for construction workers involved in a disaster response in support of first responders, are in place in every major population center in the country. Outreach instructors work with NIEHS, other awardees, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in moving the training forward as part of their collective efforts to increase preparedness in the U.S. construction industry to respond to large-scale natural and man-made disasters. These trainers and outreach instructors are able to respond at a moment’s notice with effective, timely, pertinent, and critical training for construction skilled support personnel.

NIEHS/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Worker Training Program

The major objective of the DOE program is to prevent work-related harm by training construction workers on DOE sites 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. The program is national in scope. There are 11 building trades unions that comprise the training consortium and represent workers employed primarily by contractors and subcontractors working throughout DOE's nuclear weapons complex.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2020 (HWWTP, ECWTP, HDPTP)
  • September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2020 (DOE)

Grant Numbers

  • U45 ES006185-25 (HWWTP, ECWTP, HDPTP)
  • UH4 ES009764-25 (DOE)

Other Participating Organizations

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