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Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training

Principal Investigator / Institution

Margaret Mellecker
Tel 207-771-9020
Fax 207-771-9028
National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
584 Main Street
South Portland, Maine 04106

Program Contact

Kirk Laflin
Tel 207-771-9020 ext 301
Fax 207-771-9028
National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education
584 Main Street
South Portland, Maine 04106

Program Description

Partnership for Environmental Technology Education logo

The Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST), administered by the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) in partnership with the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI), provides convenient, memorable, and cost-effective training for hazardous materials and waste workers engaged in waste treatment, storage, and disposal; hazardous waste generation, cleanup, and remedial action; emergency response; and hazardous materials transportation. CCCHST membership consists of more than 100 community colleges and training partners, and annually trains many students, workers, and supervisors exposed to hazardous materials. The goal of CCCHST is to make worker training nationally available through the member organizations, whose instructors are prepared through a Train-the-Trainer model program, offering hazardous materials instruction in nearly all states of the nation.

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP)

Under the HWWTP, CCCHST instructors, prepared and supported by PETE and HMTRI, train students, workers, and supervisors to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste site cleanup, Brownfields redevelopment, transportation of hazardous materials, and response to spills and releases of hazardous materials. New training includes a core Train-the-Trainer model program for veterans, for which PETE added a direct worker training for Army personnel transitioning to the public sector.

HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP)

Through the HDPTP, PETE helps the nation be better prepared to prevent and respond to hazardous materials disasters through the training and education of community college students, technical high school students, community-based and faith-based responders, and the nation’s first responders. PETE supports a six-person Haz-Mat Disaster Response Master Training Team able to respond to national hazardous materials disasters and train other trainers to serve their local communities. After the establishment of this team, PETE will provide a six-day Train-the-Trainer program for instructors and a two-day refresher for trainers who serve a wide variety of students.

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

CCCHST serves DOE environmental restoration and waste management sites at Oak Ridge Operations, Tennessee; Portsmouth Site, Ohio; Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Site, Kentucky; Savannah River Site, South Carolina; and Pantex, Texas. The program provides convenient, consistent, memorable, and cost-effective Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training to DOE contractors and subcontractors. Workers gain the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials during hazardous waste operations, facility decommissioning and decontamination, hazardous materials transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities, or chemical emergency response.

Project Duration

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

Grant Numbers

  • U45 ES019337-06 (HWWTP, HDPTP)
  • UH4 ES019338-06 (DOE)

Other Participating Organizations

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