Superfund Research Program
Under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) of NIEHS is mandated to establish and support training in accredited institutions of higher education to educate state and local health and environmental agency personnel, labor professionals, and other professional personnel engaged in the following activities: 1) the handling of hazardous substances, 2) the management of facilities at which hazardous substances are located and 3) the evaluation of hazards to human health presented by such facilities. This training includes 1) short courses and continuing education for workers engaged in handling hazardous substance and 2) graduate and advanced training in environmental and occupational health and safety in the public health and engineering aspects of hazardous waste control.
The SRP is committed to providing opportunities for training in the environmental and occupational health and safety of hazardous waste. As part of this effort, the SRP currently funds Occupational Health and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25) to provide Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to develop and offer continuing education courses, research experiences, and academic curricula on occupational health and safety management and laboratory practices in the areas of emerging technologies, emerging contaminants, and/or disaster response. For more information on past activities to support this type of training, see the Past Training Activites webpage.