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LIUNA Training and Education Fund

Principal Investigator / Institution

John J. LeConche
Tel 860-974-0800
Fax 860-974-1459
LIUNA Training and Education Fund
PO Box 37
37 Deerfield Road
Pomfret Center, Connecticut 06259-0037

Program Description

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The Laborers' International Union of North America Training and Education Fund (LIUNA Training) Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) and HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP) aim to improve the safety and health of workers, ensure safe remediation of environmental contamination, effectively address impacts of climate change, and contribute to long-term environmental sustainability. LIUNA Training will provide training to help workers identify job site hazards; protect themselves, the community, and the environment; prepare for unanticipated job site incidents; and support disaster response actions.

Targeted workers perform a variety of job tasks, such as waste containment, reduction, and removal; building demolition; sewer and pipeline maintenance and installation; reconstruction and renovation; and construction in areas where contaminants may occur (e.g., tunnels, roadways). Training will target construction craft laborer apprentices and journey workers, and other construction trades, environmental contractors, and government personnel when appropriate. Special outreach will target minority, disadvantaged, and non- or limited-English-speaking workers. Training may include Hazardous Waste Worker and Refresher, Microbial Remediation, Permit Required Confined Space, Respiratory Protection, and other environmental protection and health and safety courses. The programs will also provide and promote instructor development and certification, employer and workforce training collaboration, worker career development and competency-based credentials, effective training models, and instructional best practices. Collaborative efforts with partners, industry, and other workforce development organizations will help advance training needs and innovations and will improve overall quality and effectiveness of the HWWTP and HDPTP efforts.


The primary objective of the LIUNA Training HDPTP is to train workers who are, or may be, employed on natural, man-made, or terrorist-related disaster sites. The HDPTP will teach critical safety skills to ensure that workers have the knowledge and ability to recognize hazards and safely work in dangerous situations. This will protect disaster site worker health and safety by providing needed training; prepare workers who may respond to disasters and provide post-disaster support, if needed; identify new or emerging needs for workers on disaster sites and educate workers on how to minimize community and environmental impacts of disaster site work; increase participation of minority, disadvantaged, and limited-English-speaking workers in the HDPTP; and promote program improvements and best practices through collaborative efforts.

Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training

The LIUNA Training and Education Fund (LIUNA Training) Ebola / Infectious Disease (EID) training grant program has two primary aims: (1) to protect worker and public health by addressing the gaps in Ebola and infectious disease training identified by NIEHS and others who have conducted such training and (2) to develop and deliver Ebola / infectious disease (EID) education and training for workers at risk of contracting infectious diseases on the job or in responding to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. LIUNA Training will partner with the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA), LIUNA National Guard Local 1776, LIUNA Public Employees Department, and the Service Contract Education and Training Trust Fund (SCETTF). Their network of Laborers International Union of North America labor-management training facilities will conduct the training using LIUNA Training's third-party accredited processes. The program will train emergency response, environmental remediation, and demolition and construction workers. It also will expand its outreach to train National Guard personnel, environmental services workers at hospitals and health care facilities, Indian Health Services workers, janitorial staff in government buildings and airports, and sanitation workers. The target population includes workers who have extensive hazardous substances experience and others who have minimal training in workplace hazard identification and personal protection. LIUNA Training and its partners will develop and implement a 40-hour EID Operations course, a 4-hour EID Awareness training, a 28-hour Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) with EID training, and EID Awareness incorporated into the 8-hour Hazardous Waste Refresher course. The program will train 26 instructors and approximately 2,230 workers located throughout the U.S over three years. Training will address hazard identification and risk reduction, appropriate response actions, stress management, personal protection, and decontamination. Training uses activity-based, learner-centered teaching to engage trainees and move them toward learning objectives. Innovative teaching and outreach will use electronic platforms (Internet, smartphones, tablets, and computers) to expand awareness training and response capacity. LIUNA Training also will research opportunities and mechanisms to inform trained workers immediately of potential or actual incidents.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2020 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2019 (Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response)

Grant Numbers

  • U45 ES006174-24 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • UH4 ES027069-01 (Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response)

Other Participating Organizations

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