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National Trainers' Exchange for Department of Energy (DOE) Safety and Health Trainers

May 7-8, 2012
Knoxville, TN

National Trainers Exchange for DOE Safety and Health Trainers

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Education and Training Program (NIEHS WETP) hosted the first National Trainers' Exchange for Department of Energy (DOE) safety and health trainers on May 7-8, 2012 in Knoxville, TN. Over 100 participants attended the Trainers' Exchange to share and exchange best practices and techniques on how to create more effective and empowering training. The Conference was funded under its DOE Nuclear Worker Training Program.

A trainers' exchange is designed for trainers to share best practices and new techniques through a series of workshops conducted by the trainers themselves. The goals are to meet and share ideas about how to create more effective and empowering training, improve training skills, and exchange best practices and techniques. The NIEHS WETP has conducted a series of similar exchanges with documented success in achieving these goals.

The NIEHS WETP in partnership with the DOE funds eight consortia to provide safety and health training to the people who make up the workforce engaged in environmental restoration activities at DOE nuclear weapons sites. Over 35,000 workers are trained annually under this program.

For more information, please read the eFactor article about the DOE Trainers' Exchange.


National Trainers' Exchange for Department of Energy Agenda (9MB)


DOE Trainers' Exchange Attendees (70KB)

Workshop Report

Workshop Report: 2012 National Trainers' Exchange for Department of Energy (DOE) Safety and Health Trainers (2MB)


Click on the links below to view the presentations from the Plenary Sessions and Workshops.

Workshop Track Descriptions:

  • (ATT) Advanced Training Technologies (for example: improving PowerPoint presentations)
  • (ID) Instructor Development (for example: the use of small group activities and the role of evaluation)
  • (TC) Training Challenges (for example: literacy, language barriers, and a younger workforce
  • (TU) Technical Updates (for example: lockout/tagout or personal protective equipment)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Time Topic
9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome
  • Karen Boardman, Director, National Training Center, Office of Health, Safety and Security, DOE
  • Julie Johnston, Sr. Nuclear Safety Specialist, EnergySolutions Performance Strategies
  • Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Director, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program
9:30-10:00 a.m. Small Group Activity
Ted Outwater, Public Health Educator, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program
10:00-11:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Best Practices for Safety Training Collaboration

NIEHS Overview
Ted Outwater, Public Health Educator, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program

Standards of Training
Sharon D. Beard, Industrial Hygienist, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program

HAMMER Lessons Learned
  • Patricia Aldridge, Manager, Conduct of Training, HAMMER/Mission Support Alliance
  • Randy Coleman, HAMTC Liaison, Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council
  • Robert Legard, HAMTC Liaison, Central Washington Building Trades Council
Summary of Safety Collaboration Meetings and the Safety Training Collaboration Project
  • Evan Dunne, Project Manager, National Training Center
  • Peter Turcic, Advisor, Office of Safety Training Operations
Emergency Response Training and Integration with the DOE Sites
Darryl Kerley, Chief, Oak Ridge Fire Department
1:00-2:30 p.m. Workshops Block 1
  1. Innovation in Training (ATT)
    HAMMER/ Mission Support Alliance
  2. Don't Blame the Workers, Fix the Hazards!: Problems with Behavior-Based Safety/ Blame-the-Worker Approaches to Health and Safety and Tools for Focusing on Finding and Fixing Hazards (ID)
    United Steelworkers- Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education
  3. Training Workers about DOE's 851 Rule: Understanding the Big Picture on Health and Safety Management (TU)
    The Lippy Group
  4. Death by PowerPoint or Not! (ATT)
    ICWUC Center for Worker Health and Safety Education
  5. Systems of Safety: The BP Disaster (ID)
    Utility Workers of America
3:00-4:30 p.m. Workshops Block 2
  1. A Mobile Technology for Just-in-Time Training of First Responders (ATT)
    Nicolalde R&D, LLC, and Dartmouth College
  2. Making the Connection: Demonstrating the Value of Receiving Feedback from Trainees (ID)
    LIUNA Training and Education Fund
  3. Developing New DOE Programs (TC)
    ICWUC Center for Worker Health and Safety Education
  4. Hanford Site Worker Eligibility Tool (ATT)
    HAMMER/ Mission Support Alliance
  5. OSHA 10-Hour Construction Update, Focus Four and Heat Stress (ID)
    Partnership for Environmental Technology Education

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Time Topic
8:30-10:00 a.m. Workshops Block 3
  1. Continuing Training for Radiological Control Technicians: A Hands-On Approach (ATT)
    HAMMER/ Mission Support Alliance
  2. Developing New DOE Worker-Trainers (ID)
    ICWUC Center for Worker Health and Safety Training
  3. The Sense of Smell (ID)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  4. Adapting Training to Your Target Audience (ID)
    Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program
  5. Overview of CPWR's New 4-Hour Hazard Communication Course (ATT)
    CPWR-Center for Construction Research and Training
10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Workshops Block 4
  1. AACM at Hanford, It's Impact on Workers and on Training (TU)
    Building and Construction Trades
  2. Putting Feet on Evaluation (and Following the Footprints) (ID)
    United Steelworkers
  3. HAMMER Heat Stress Training for Tainers (ID)
    Mizula, LLC, United Steelworkers, and HAMMER
  4. A Matter of Time to Save a Life (ATT)
    IAM and ICWUC Center for Worker Health and Safety Education
1:30-2:30 p.m. Tools and Resources
  • Deborah McFalls, Group Manager, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, ORISE· HCTT
  • Bruce Lippy, President, The Lippy Group
  • Deborah Weinstock, Director, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
2:30-3:00 p.m. Closing/Next Steps
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