Worker Training Program
The Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) is the core component of the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP). The HWWTP, through its awardees, provides model occupational safety and health training for workers who are or may be engaged in activities related to hazardous waste removal, containment, or chemical emergency response.
Committed to Protecting Workers and Their Communities
Since 1987, the HWWTP has developed a strong network of nonprofit organizations that deliver high-quality, peer-reviewed safety and health curriculum to hazardous waste workers and emergency responders in every region of the country. These courses have established national benchmarks for quality worker safety and health training, including a strong emphasis on peer instructors and hands-on instruction.
Training developed and administered under this program area includes topics such as:
- Asbestos abatement
- Confined space
- Emergency response awareness
- Hazardous materials transportation
- Lead abatement
- Underground storage tank removal
The following organizations are funded through May 2025.
- Alabama Fire College
- Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training
- CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training
- Deep South Center for Environmental Justice/Texas Southern University
- International Association of Fire Fighters
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- International Chemical Workers Union Council Center for Worker Health and Safety Education
- International Union, United Auto Workers
- Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training
- New Jersey/New York Hazardous Materials Worker Training Center
- Nova Southeastern University
- OAI, Inc.
- Prevention, Prepardness, and Response (PR2) Consortium
- Sustainable Workplace Alliance
- The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employees Association
- The Steelworkers Charitable and Educational Organization
- Western Region Universities Consortium