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Your Environment. Your Health.

Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training

Principal Investigator / Institution

Carol Rice , Ph.D.
Tel 513-558-1751
Fax 513-558-1722
University of Cincinnati
Midwest Consortium, Department of Environmental Health
3223 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0056
Peter Raynor, Ph.D.
Tel 612-625-7135
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 807
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Contact

Linda Alerding
Tel 513-558-0528
Fax 513-558-1722
University of Cincinnati
Midwest Consortium, Department of Environmental Health
3223 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0056

Program Description

Midwest logo

Headed by the University of Cincinnati, the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (MWC) will serve the needs of workers and communities potentially exposed to hazardous materials in nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. This experienced, dedicated group has successfully developed and implemented awareness and preparedness programs for workers at hazardous waste sites and at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDF); for emergency responders; and for the underserved. Following Sept. 11, the MWC developed programs addressing intentional releases of chemical, biological, and radiological materials, and the subsequent crime scene investigation and need to recognize stress among responders. The MWC has also developed hospital first receiver training for health care workers who may be at risk of Ebola exposure, and has initiated demonstration projects to further define urban and rural needs along rail lines carrying Bakken oil.

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP)

For the HWWTP, the MWC will develop additional tools for site and TSDF workers, emergency responders, and residents to increase knowledge and skills to identify and remediate hazards, and to build preparedness and resiliency during intentional and unintentional events. The MWC facilitates worker and community resident training to reduce the threat of exposure to occupational and environmental hazards, including chemical, biological, or radiological materials or wastes. These programs leverage the resources of U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Training centers at labor-affiliated organizations; academic units, including a community college and a historically black university; and community-based organizations, including an affiliate of a national youth training organization and emergency services at a Native American reservation, form partnerships with local and state stakeholders to build capacity among participants to reduce, respond to, and recover from hazards to public health.

Project Duration

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

Grant Numbers

  • U45 ES006184-24 (HWWTP)

Other Participating Organizations

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