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Your Environment. Your Health.

Protecting Workers from Hazardous Chemical Exposures through Training

NIEHS WTP Spring WTP Meeting and Workshop - Protecting Workers from Hazardous Chemical Exposures Through Training Feb 25-27, 2015 Portland Oregon

Awardee Meeting Details

The WTP Awardee Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the 911 Federal Building in Portland, Oregon.

Purpose of the Awardee Meeting
The semi-annual WTP Awardee Meeting brought awardees together to provide program updates, exchange information regarding training and discover new areas of interest to awardees.

WTP Workshop Details

The WTP Workshop was held on Thursday and Friday, February 26-27, 2015. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The workshop also took place in Auditorium of the 911 Federal Building in Portland, Oregon.

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop
American workers are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day, and new chemicals are being developed faster than their safety can be evaluated. Each year in the United States, many thousands of workers are made sick from chemical exposures, and the long-term effects of chemical exposures in the past are believed to cause as many as 50,000 deaths annually.

The workshop focused on a variety of approaches to protect workers and communities from hazardous chemicals, and how these exposure prevention approaches can best be used in training.


Participant List

Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting: 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time Topic
1:00 p.m.

Welcome/NIEHS Update (1MB)
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., Sharon D. Beard, Jim Remington, Kathy Ahlmark, and Pam Clark, NIEHS

  • Resiliency Training Course Update
  • Webpage, DMS, and Curricula Catalog
  • Upcoming Meetings and Workshops
  • NIH/Grants Management Update
2:00 p.m. NIEHS National Clearinghouse Update
Deborah Weinstock, NIEHS WTP Clearinghouse
2:30 p.m. Ebola Training Update (573KB)
Jim Remington, Chip Hughes, Awardees
3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Business Official Meeting (306KB)
Pam Clark, NIEHS

Program Official Meeting - HWWT/HDPT/DOE Issues
Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Kathy Ahlmark, and Jim Remington, NIEHS

MWT Meeting (320KB)
Sharon D. Beard, NIEHS

Workshop: Protecting Workers from Hazardous Chemical Exposures through Training

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time Topic
8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome
Joseph “Chip” Hughes, NIEHS
What’s driving all of these approaches to safer chemicals and how they are relevant to the WTP?
9:00-9:30 a.m. Current Laws are Not Protecting Us from Chemicals
Elizabeth Grossman, Journalist
9:30-10:30 a.m. Things Are Beginning to Change
MODERATOR: Craig Slatin, University of Massachusetts Lowell - The New England Consortium-CSEA
James Connelly, International Living Future Institute
Paul Davis, Columbia Forest Products
10:45-11:45 a.m. Drivers of the Change to Safer Chemicals (2MB)
Sarah Doll, Safer States
Alex Stone, Washington State Department of Ecology
1:00-1:30 p.m. How Do You Know Where to Start? Methods to Identify Worst Chemicals in a Workplace
MODERATOR: Joseph “Chip” Hughes, NIEHS
Kim Anderson, Oregon State University Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Department - Passive Sampling to Identify Worst Exposures
1:30-3:15 p.m. Overview of Tools to Help you Navigate the Process (1MB)
Exercise (232KB)
Charlotte Brody, BlueGreen Alliance
3:30-3:45 p.m. Protecting Yourself from Unnecessary Exposures, while Everything Burning around You is Toxic (2MB)
Patrick Morrison, International Association of Fire Fighters
3:45-5:15 p.m. Viewing of Toxic Hot Seat

Friday, February 27, 2015
Time Topic
9:00-9:20 a.m. Overview of the Breakout Sessions
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

GHS Column Model (355KB)
Darius Sivin, UAW

Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Activity: Session 1
Charlotte Brody, BlueGreen Alliance

Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Activity: Session 2
Craig Slatin and Dave Coffey, University of Massachusetts Lowell - The New England Consortium - CSEA

Transitioning to Safer Chemicals Activity: Session 3
Luis Vazquez, ICWUC Center for Worker Health and Safety Education


For more information, contact:

Kerri Voelker
Tel 919-794-4700
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