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Your Environment. Your Health.

HAZMAT Safety & Training

Worker Training Program

Joseph T. Hughes Jr.
Joseph T. Hughes Jr, M.P.H.
Program Director, Worker Training Program
Tel 984-287-3271
Fax 919-541-0462
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-14
Durham, N.C. 27709

The NIEHS Worker Training Program Produces Positive Returns

In a new report, an annual federal investment of $3.5 million in the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) generates a $100 million return. The economists who authored the report found fiscal benefits in the program’s positive effect on earnings that also lead to additional revenue through taxes, reduced costs related to workplace injury, a reduction in hiring costs for businesses, decreased costs related to crime, and fewer social program transfers.

The Economic Impact of the ECWT Program (1MB)

2015-2020 WTP Awards

WTP awardees (114KB) provide health and safety training to numerous target populations across the country. Awardees offer training in areas related to hazardous materials clean-up, hazardous waste management, emergency or disaster response preparedness, infectious disease, and others. To date, more than 3 million workers across the country have received WTP-supported health and safety training.

The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) was established under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). 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
  • Literacy
  • Training quality improvement

The program enhances, rather than replaces, private sector training responsibility by demonstrating new and cost-effective training techniques and materials.


Kathy Ahlmark
Kathy A. Ahlmark
Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-3231
Sharon Beard
Sharon D. Beard, M.S.
Industrial Hygienist

Tel 984-287-3237
Fax 301-451-5595
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Jim Remington
Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-3311
Fax 301-480-2924
Demia Wright
Demia S. Wright, M.P.H.
Public Health Educator

Tel 984-287-3341
Fax 919-541-3976
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