Worker Training Program
The Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Program supports the development and implementation of occupational safety and health and infection control training programs for workers in health care and non-health care settings who may be at risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
The program aims to:
- Provide workers with the skills and knowledge to protect themselves and their communities from potential exposure to high-risk pathogens, contaminated materials, or infected individuals.
- Increase awareness and operational capacity to minimize contact exposure.
- Maximize a coordinated infection prevention and occupational health approach among workers at various levels and facilities.
- Promote and establish national, regional, and multistate partnerships to provide training or training support in occupational settings that carry the potential for infectious disease exposure.
The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) is well-suited to address preparedness and response efforts supported by this initiative. WTP awardees provided occupational biological safety training to workers during the anthrax attacks (2001), the H5N1 outbreak (2007), and the H1N1 avian influenza outbreak (2009); mold remediation training following Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012); and Ebola virus disease preparedness training (2013-2015). This work will continue through the Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Program, integrating the HAZMAT trainer’s understanding of worker safety and health protection with training and guidance on infection control and biosafety.
This training program is administered by NIEHS and was developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Read more about the accomplishments of the Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Worker Training Program in its 2017-2018 Report (5MB) . Also see a three-year summary presentation (4MB) made March 17, 2020.
The following organizations were funded through May 2019:
- Duke University
- Emory University
- Indiana University Bloomington
- International Chemical Workers Union Council Center for Worker Health and Safety Education
- LIUNA Training and Education Fund
- New Jersey / New York Hazardous Materials Worker Training Center
- The Steelworkers Charitable and Educational Organization
- University of Alabama at Birmingham