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Your Environment. Your Health.

Spring 2018 National Trainers' Exchange and WTP Awardee Meeting

May 9-11, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

National Trainers' Exchange: Looking to the Future, Generational Transitions. May 10-11 2018, Phoenix AZ

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.

Purpose and Scope of the Trainers’ Exchange
The 7th National Trainer’s Exchange was hosted by the Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC) in conjunction with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP). 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 National Trainers’ Exchange brought together over 350 Department of Energy safety and health training stakeholders and trainers from all WTP hazardous waste training programs to meet and exchange ideas about how to make training for hazardous materials and emergency response workers more effective and empowering. For more information, please read the eFactor article on the 2018 Trainers' Exchange.



Click on the links below to view the presentations from the Spring Awardee Meeting and Trainers Exchange.

Awardee Meeting:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Time Topic
1:00-1:05 p.m. Welcome
  • Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Director, NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
1:05-1:45 p.m.    NIEHS Program Updates (3MB) 
  • Chip Hughes, Sharon Beard, Kathy Ahlmark, Demia Wright and Jim Remington, NIEHS WTP
1:45-2:15 p.m. NIEHS Grants Management (662KB) 
  • Molly Puente, Ph.D., NIEHS Grants Management Branch (GMB)
2:15-2:30 p.m. Clearinghouse Update (127KB) 
  • Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Opioid Issue - Workplace Safety and Health/Clandestine Drug Labs
  • Chris Trahan Cain, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  • Elizabeth Harman, International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Barbara McCabe, International Union of Operating Engineers National Training Fund
  • Jonathan Rosen (1MB) , National Clearinghouse
4:00-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Business Official Meeting (875KB) 
  • Molly Puente, Ph,D., NIEHS GMB
  • Kathy Ahlmark, NIEHS WTP
Program Official Meeting
  • Chip Hughes, Demia Wright, and Jim Remington, NIEHS WTP
Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) Meeting (1MB) 
  • Sharon Beard, NIEHS

Workshop Track Descriptions:

  • (EL) E-Learning: This track focused on workshops that incorporated e-learning and technology into training to enhance training for workers.
  • (LS) Life Skills and Job Training: This track focused on workshops that explored life skills training, as well as methods to prepare trainees for the work environment, including finding, obtaining, and keeping employment.
  • (TA) Training Approaches for Worker and Community Empowerment: This track focused on training methodologies that empowered workers and encouraged them to actively engage in workplace safety and health discussions.
  • (HW/ER) Hazardous Waste Worker Training and Disaster/ Emergency Response and Preparedness: This track focused on new information and/or innovative training methods that could be used in teaching hazardous waste, disaster/emergency response and preparedness courses, including infectious disease outbreaks, DOE sites, etc.
  • (ID) Instructor Development: This track focused on courses that provided instructors with different and innovative knowledge and skills to deliver more effective training.
  • (ST) Specific Hazard/Topics: Workshops in this track provided information on specific hazards or topic areas.
  • Roundtable Sessions: Roundtable sessions provided an opportunity for more in-depth discussion on specific topics. Most roundtable sessions were run with multiple tables, each discussing a different topic. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in each roundtable discussion during the session.

National Trainers' Exchange

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Time Topic
8:00-10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session

  • Larry Olson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Program Chair, Environmental and Resource Management, The Polytechnic School, Arizona State University/Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC)
  • Linda Delp, Ph.D., Director, Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, University of California, Los Angeles/WRUC
  • Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr. (2MB) Director, Worker Training Program (WTP), NIEHS
WTP History and context
  • Donald Elisburg, Senior Advisor, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
  • Sharon Beard, Industrial Hygienist, WTP, NIEHS
How We Got Here
  • Pam Tau Lee, Retired, Labor Occupational Health Program, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California; Chairperson, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Aurora Le, Indiana University Bloomington
Small Group Activity

10:15-11:00 a.m. Workshop Block 1
  1. Community Health Workers Helping Underserved Populations Learn About Infectious Diseases Transmission and Control (LS)
    USWTMC/Make the Road New York
  2. Electrocution Hazard: Properties of Electrical Gradients During Contact With Powerlines (ST)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  3. Incorporating History Into Our Refresher Training (ID)
  4. Training the Millennial Generation (ID)
  5. Utilizing NABTU’s Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) for Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training (LS)
    CPWR and The Michigan Bricklayers Apprenticeship and Training
  6. Addressing Ethics in the NIEHS Minimum Criteria and our Daily Grind as Trainers (ID)
    CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  7. Computer Game Based Training for HAZMAT Workers (EL)
    Spectral Labs Incorporated and Southwestern College
  8. Environmental Justice and Worker Health Equity (TA)
    WRUC/UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health
  9. Customization of Infectious Disease Training for Diverse Audiences (TA)
    DIDRT/University of Chicago
11:15 a.m.- noon Workshop Block 2
  1. Augmented Reality in HAZMAT Training (EL)
    Cell Podium and NJ-NY Center/Rutgers School of Public Health
  2. Enhancing PowerPoint Presentations Through Personalization and Targeting (ID)
    Alabama Fire College
  3. What’s In Your Bag? “Go Bags” - Tools and Ideas for Being Prepared (HW/ER)
  4. Empowering Workers Through Involvement in Exercise Planning and Designing Protocols (TA)
    BIDTI/University of Nebraska Medical Center and Indiana University Bloomington
  5. Visualization Technologies in the Classroom (ID)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  6. The Need for Emergency Preparedness Training: Volunteers, Community and Faith-Based Organizations (VCFOs) (HW/ER • TA)
    DSCEJ Inc.
  7. Dynamic Training Using a Systems Approach With Adult Learners (TA)
    TNEC-CSEA/University of Massachusetts Lowell
  8. Wheels or Deals: Using Ergonomics in the Workplace (TA)
    Foxwood Casino and UAW Local 652
  9. 21st Century Training With VR Simulators (EL)
    360 Immersive, LLC
  10. Badges and Micro Credentialing for Skilled Workers and Volunteers (HW/ER)
    inXsol, LLC
noon - 1:15 p.m. Historic Bites from WTP: Today’s Lunch Specials
  • Bruce Lippy, Ph.D., Director, Safety Research, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  • Craig Slatin (2MB), Sc.D., Principal Investigator, University of Massachusetts Lowell – TNEC/CSEA
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Workshop Block 3
  1. Embracing Training Technology in Apprenticeship Readiness Programs (EL)
    CPWR/Environmental and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program
  2. Construction Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention (HW/ER)
    CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  3. Mass Casualty Incident Triage Exercise (HW/ER)
    Alabama Fire College
  4. Commanding the Classroom, Essential Tips to Being an Effective Instructor (ID)
    IAFF - Denver Fire Department and Houston Fire Department
  5. Tearing Down Walls and Building Foundations: Best Practices for Effective Health and Safety Trainings for Immigrant Workers (TA)
    UAW International Union, UAW Local 6000, and OAI HWWT Consortium Partner
  6. Creating Life Skills and Job Training at DOE Facilities (LS)
  7. Training Healthcare Workers About Aerosol Transmissible Diseases: Lessons From California (HW/ER)
    WRUC/UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program
  8. Using the Pathogen Safety Training Guide and Module to Prepare Workers to Research Occupational Infectious Disease Hazards and Controls (HW/ER • TA)
    National Clearinhouse for Worker Safety and Health Training and Indiana University Bloomington
  9. Exploring Interactive Classroom Techniques (ID)
    NJ-NY/Center/NYC District Council of Carpenters Training Center
  10. Disaster Rapid Response: The Experience of ICWUC, NCOSH, and Fe y Justicia in Houston, TX (HW/ER • TA)
  11. Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI) Challenges and Lessons Learned From Training Older Populations (ID)
    BIDTI/Indiana University Bloomington and University of Nebraska Medical Center
  12. Infectious Disease Response Training for Nursing Staff (TA)
    DIDRT/University of Louisville
  13. Customizing Operations Level Training for Multiple Target Audiences (ID)
    DIDRT/George Mason University
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Workshop Block 4
  1. Workplace Violence: Utilizing Response Clickers in Resilience Training (HW/ER • TA)
    UAW Local 245 and UAW Health and Safety Department
  2. Classroom Applications of E-Quiz Software (EL)
    IBT Worker Training Program
  3. Using Brain Science to Present Better Training (ID)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  4. Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment Using an Approved Low-Output Ebola Checklist: A Simulation Experience (HW/ER)
    Deep South Consortium/University of Alabama at Birmingham
  5. Fluid Training Methods (HW/ER)
    NJ-NY Center/World Cares Center
  6. Strategies for First Source Hiring Agreements (LS)
  7. Interactive Games and Group Activity Scenarios (HW/ER • EL)
    WRUC/University of California, Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Workshop Block 5
  1. Falls - Let’s Stand Down! (TA)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  2. Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR) Techniques for Disaster Responders (HW/ER)
    UAW and University of Michigan School of Public Health
  3. Expanding Infectious Disease Outreach and Training (EL)
    LIUNA Training and Education Fund
  4. Safety Planning Training: Empowering Workers and Building Management Support (HW/ER)
    TNEC-CSEA/University of Massachusetts Lowell
  5. RF Radiation Awareness Training (HW/ER • ID • ST)
    CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  6. Bakken Oil Emergency Response Training (ST)
    NJ-NY Center/Rutgers School of Public Health
  7. Break The Ice and Energize Your Classes (ID)
  8. Effective Communication Tips and Techniques for the Trainer and Strategies to Deal with Students Who Know-It-All and Need to Prove It (ID)
    West Virginia University - Institute for Labor Studies and Research
  9. Evaluation and Selection of Suitable Training Candidates (LS)
    OAI, Inc.
  10. Effective Safety and Health Training for Workers and Communities Involved in Storm Recovery (HW/ER • TA)
    NJ-NY Center/Rutgers School of Public Health and the National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
  11. Rewriting the Annual Hanford 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refreshers (ID)
    ICWUC DOE Hanford
  12. Development and Implementation of Modular Refresher Programming (ID)
    Midwest Consortium/University of Illinois
  13. Keeping Hazardous Waste Refresher Training Fresh (HW/ER • ID)
    LIUNA Training and Education Fund

Friday, May 11, 2018

Time Topic
8:00-9:30 a.m. Workshops Block 6
  1. Worker Empowerment and Site Control Plans (TA)
    IBT Worker Training Program
  2. Chemical Resistant Glove Training Techniques for Spanish and English Speakers (TA)
    UAW Local 2367, UAW Local 699, and UAW Health and Safety Department
  3. Foundations for Safety Leadership for DOE (FSL4DOE) (TA)
    CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  4. Air Monitoring Training Workshop (HW/ER)
    OAI, Inc., Alabama Fire College, and WRUC/Entrinzic Global Solutions LLC
  5. Microlearning Delivering Delightful and Delectable; Bite Sized Chunks of Learning (LS • ID)
    OAI, Inc.
  6. Providing Instructor Feedback (ID)
    LIUNA Training and Eduction Fund
  7. The Rise of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) (ST)
  8. Integrating the NIEHS Disaster Worker Resiliency Training Program Into Disaster Preparedness and Response (HW/ER • TA)
    National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training and USW Labor Institute
  9. Constructing Models as a Communications Exercise in ICS, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Emergency Response Trainings (HW/ER)
    WRUC/S&S Safety Consulting, TNEC-CSEA, and Alabama Fire College
  10. Tools and Tips for Proficiency Assessment of Trainees in WTP Program Courses (ID)
    OAI, Inc.
  11. Proper Instructor Selection, Development, and Mentoring (ID)
    Nova Southeastern University Project SEAMIST
  12. Customizing Trainings for Maximizing Organizations’ Use of Time (ID)
    BIDTI/Indiana University Bloomington and University of Nebraska Medical Center
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Workshops Block 7
  1. A Glow in the Night: The Risks Associated With Transporting Hazardous Materials by Rail (HW/ER • ID • ST)
    IBT/Rail Worker Hazmat Training Program
  2. Respiratory Selection Logic App (EL)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  3. Emergency Management Planning: Laboratories (HW/ER)
    Texas-Utah Consortium/The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  4. Utilizing Course Evaluations and Developing an Annual Post-Impact Survey to Provide Effective Trainings (TA)
    BIDTI/Indiana University Bloomington and University of Nebraska Medical Center
  5. Building Peer Trainer Technology Competency (EL)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  6. Using Data to Fill Gaps in Preparedness (HW/ER • TA)
    Midwest Consortium/Citizens Environmental Alliance
  7. Using Procedural Simulation for Infectious Disease Response Training for Health Care Workers (HW/ER)
    Deep South Consortium/University of Alabama at Birmingham
  8. Building Innovative Industry Partnership Though Digital Learning (EL)
    CCCHST/Amarillo College
  9. Practical Understanding of OSHA, EPA Laws and Acronyms With Interactive Atmospheric Metering Explanation and Techniques (HW/ER)
    IAFF - Arlington County, Virginia
  10. How to Extend and Enhance Online HAZWOPER Through Collaboration With Community Colleges, Universities, and Community Organizations (TA)
    CCCHST/The University of Tennessee
10:45-11:30 a.m. Workshops Block 8
  1. Conducting Monthly Drills for Emergency Responders (HW/ER)
    Midwest Consortium/ERS International
  2. A Partnership to Increase Rail Safety Preparedness in an Urban Area (TA)
    Midwest Consortium/University of Minnesota and Citizens Acting for Rail Safety in the Twin Cities
  3. Virtual Reality in Training (EL)
    HAMMER Federal Training Center
  4. Designing and Delivering Effective Training (ID)
  5. It Takes a Village: Benefits of Cross-Sector Planning and Training for an Infectious Disease Response (HW/ER)
    Deep South Consortium/University of Alabama at Birmingham
  6. Chemical Identification in Emergency Response Situations (HW/ER)
    IBT Worker Training Program
  7. Web-Based Training Versus Human Interaction: THE BATTLE (TA)
    UAW Local 1700 and UAW Health and Safety Department
  8. Implementing Affordable Virtual Reality and 360 Degree Photography Into DisasterPreparedness Training (EL)
  9. Opioid Abuse Creates Safety Hazards on the Work Site (LS)
    IUOE and IUOE National Training Fund
12:45-1:30 p.m. Workshops Block 9
  1. Mobilizing UAW Members in Response to Hurricane Maria (TA)
    UAW Health and Safety Department and University of Michigan School of Public Health
  2. Fentanyl-Occupational Exposures and How to Prevent Them (HW/ER • ID)
    OAI, Inc.
  3. Online E-Learning and In-Class Training: A Blended Learning Approach (EL)
    Duke University
  4. Job Stress and the HAZWOPER Worker-Training to Build Worker Health and Safety (HW/ER • LS)
  5. Activities to Enhance Student Learning and Participation (ID)
    CCCHST/PETE and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
  6. Job Hazard Analysis - Utilizing FACE Reports in the Classroom (HW/ER)
    WRUC/UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health
  7. A Bi-Modal Approach to Experiential Learning and Simulation in the Health Care Environment (HW/ER • EL)
    Deep South Consortium/University of Alabama at Birmingham
1:45-3:15 p.m. Workshops Block 10
  1. When Disaster Strikes Are You/Are They Really Ready? (LS)
    DSCEJ Inc., and OAI, Inc.
  2. Advances in Rigging Awareness Safety Training (ST)
    UAW Local 600 and UAW Local 974
  3. Manual Material Handling (HW/ER • TA)
    CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
  4. Specific Hazards of Confined Spaces (TA)
    IBT Worker Training Program
  5. The Confident Trainer (ID)
  6. Simple Chemical Properties Demo (HW/ER)
    Alabama Fire College
  7. Learning Retention Rewards From Adopting a Micro-Scale Approach to the Classroom Experience (ID)
    Nova Southeastern University Project SEAMIST
  8. Drone Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ST)
    IUOE National Training Fund
  9. Team Teaching – Advantages and Pitfalls (ID)
    IAFF - Campbell River, British Columbia and Vancouver, British Columbia
3:30-5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary Session

Voices of the Future
  • Auturo Archila, USW/Labor Institute
  • Marianela Acuña Arreaza, Executive Director, Fe Y Justicia Worker Center
  • Eunice Salcedo, AFSCME
Closing/Conference Wrap Up
  • Ashlee Fitch, USW
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