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International Brotherhood of Teamsters

WTP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

LaMont Byrd
Director
Tel 202-624-6960
Fax 202-624-8125
lbyrd@teamster.org
Safety and Health Department
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
25 Louisiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Program Contact

Chee Chang
Program Manager
Tel 202-624-6963
Fax 202-624-8125
cchang@teamster.org
Safety and Health Department
IBT Worker Training Program
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
25 Louisiana Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Program Description

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Consortium participates in the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) and the HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP) to provide appropriate model training to a targeted population of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation, and emergency response. The IBT Consortium consists of 12 IBT training centers and the Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program, representing nine rail unions. The IBT Consortium accesses the nationwide population of targeted workers through established partnerships with appropriate unions to deliver training. The target population of workers includes remediation and construction workers, truck/rail transportation workers, warehouse workers, and airline workers.

The long-term objectives and specific aims of the IBT Consortium are to increase worker, community, and environmental safety by training workers to appropriately respond to accidental releases of hazardous materials; safely work on hazardous waste remediation projects; and protect vital transportation infrastructure with respect to the transportation of hazardous waste and hazardous materials via trucks, rail cars, and intermodal shipping containers.

For the NIEHS/U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Worker Training Program, the IBT Consortium provides training to a targeted population of workers within the DOE complex. These workers deliver drums and water to facilities; operate forklifts, tractors, and dump trucks on-site; repair on-site roads; haul contaminated soil; and transport radioactive material by both road and rail. For DOE, the IBT Consortium consists of seven IBT training centers and the Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program, representing nine rail unions.

HWWTP

Under the HWWTP, the IBT Consortium trains workers on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for first responders at the awareness level. The HWWTP targets workers on hazardous waste remediation projects, as well as those who transport hazardous materials. The Consortium delivers training that provides workers with the skills and knowledge to follow safe work practices, recognize hazardous materials emergencies and security threats, and effectively initiate emergency response procedures. The Consortium also develops a cadre of experienced worker trainers, including bilingual trainers, to present training through unions, contractors, employers, community organizations, tribes, and response agencies.

HDPTP

The specific aims of the IBT Consortium HDPTP are to increase worker and community safety; protect the environment and transportation infrastructure with respect to the shipment of hazardous materials from the nation’s ports via trucks, rail cars, and intermodal shipping containers; and develop a cadre of trained skilled support personnel to respond to disasters, including those involving the release of hazardous materials. The IBT Consortium delivers awareness-level and operations-level emergency response training with emphasis on the security of intermodal shipping containers and transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail.

DOE

Under the DOE program, the IBT Consortium trains workers on the DOT and OSHA requirements for first responders at the awareness level. The program targets workers on DOE remediation projects, as well as those who transport hazardous materials. The Consortium delivers training through seven fully-equipped regional training centers and the Val Jahnke Training Academy. Off-site training is conducted at hazardous waste and construction sites, local union halls, employer facilities, and other appropriate venues.

Project Duration

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

Grant Numbers

  • U45 ES014084-11 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • UH4 ES014103-11 (DOE)

Other Participating Organizations