HAZMAT Safety & Training
Worker Training Program
Joseph T. Hughes Jr, M.P.H.
The WTP currently funds 20 consortia representing over 100 universities, labor-based safety programs, and other institutions. More than 3 million workers across the country have received WTP-supported safety and health training.
The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) was established under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. The program funds nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated track record of providing high-quality occupational safety and health training to workers involved in handling hazardous materials or in responding to emergency releases of hazardous materials.
Creating Model Training Programs to Protect Workers
The WTP supports curricula development and training programs throughout the United States to help employers meet requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for hazardous waste operations and emergency response.
The WTP encourages innovation in training difficult-to-reach populations by addressing issues such as:
- Appropriate adult education techniques
- Training quality improvement
The program enhances, rather than replaces, private sector training responsibility by demonstrating new and cost-effective training techniques and materials.
Grants Technical Assistant
Tel (919) 541-0303
Fax (919) 541-0462
Sharon D. Beard, M.S.
Tel (919) 541-1863
Fax (301) 451-5595
Tel (919) 541-0035
Fax (301) 480-2924