The Superfund Research Program is pleased to welcome the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington as newly funded Occupational and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25) grantees.
R25 grants are awarded to institutes of higher education to develop continuing education and academic curricula on occupational health and safety management practices in the areas of emerging technologies (e.g., emerging hazardous waste products, green chemistry, and sustainable remediation). These curricula will be available to industrial hygienists and graduate students, and other personnel involved in the evaluation, management, and handling of hazardous substances. Applicants were encouraged to collaborate with at least two other Higher Education Institutions to establish curricula in emerging technologies. Such partnerships will involve the establishment of a consortium to enhance the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience for the participants.
The Harvard School of Public Health (PI: Robert Herrick, Ph.D.) will create a three-tiered program of education and training in the management of hazards associated with emerging technologies, including nanotechnology, drug delivery in healthcare, and sustainable remediation. The program will prepare professional practitioners and researchers to address the evaluation, handling, and management of hazardous substances and conditions associated with these emerging technologies.
The University of Minnesota (PI: Peter Raynor, Ph.D.) will develop a comprehensive array of focused, web-based modules that can be used by instructors to tailor education and training initiatives on the health and safety of nanotechnology to serve the unique needs of different learners.
The University of Washington (PI: Michael Yost, Ph.D.) will focus on developing sustainable solutions to potential workplace health and safety risks associated with biotechnology, nanotechnology, alternative (green) chemistry, and green landscaping. The program focuses training efforts on identification and evaluation of potential health risks and environmental impacts and on developing appropriate controls and substitution strategies to provide long-term sustainable technology solutions to minimize potential harmful waste streams, reduce process hazards, and lower energy costs.
For more information on these new R25 grantees, please visit the Occupational and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies webpage.