Since the very beginning, a key element of the NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) has been training. In a past Director's Letter, I talked about training the next generation of environmental health scientist leaders through SRP interdisciplinary research. I now want to focus on another unique training component of SRP: the Occupational and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25).
Through this program, institutes of higher education develop continuing education and academic curricula on occupational health and safety management practices on wide-ranging emerging topics, such as green chemistry, sustainable remediation, and nanotechnology.
The tools and resources developed by R25 grantees are incredibly diverse, helping to train industrial hygienists, graduate students, and others involved in the evaluation, management, and handling of hazardous substances. Through YouTube videos, hands-on activities, informational materials, online and in-person classes, and graduate-level and continuing education, SRP grantees are developing a highly trained workforce to meet biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs in emerging technologies.
Importantly, many of these incredible tools and resources are freely available to the SRP community and to the public, ensuring that SRP’s R25 programs have a regional, national, and global reach.
Developing resources and tools that support environmental health education and training is an important focus of the SRP. In this issue, we feature a variety of unique SRP materials from across the program that can be used by other researchers, agencies, and communities. These products provide resources for various audiences, explaining scientific research and informing communities about potential health threats from hazardous substances.
William A. Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Superfund Research Program