Worker Training Program
- Joseph T. Hughes Jr, M.P.H.
Branch Chief, Worker Education and Training Branch
- Tel 984-287-3271
- P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop K3-14Durham, N.C. 27709
Mr. Hughes is currently director of an innovative federal safety and health training program based at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The program supports cooperative agreements to develop and deliver model safety and health training programs for workers involved in hazardous substances response with numerous universities, unions, community colleges and other non-profit organizations throughout the nation. For the past twenty years, Mr. Hughes has worked in both the private and public sectors in developing environmental and occupational health education programs for workers and citizens in high-risk occupations and communities. As a part of this work, he has pioneered efforts to create new methods and approaches for conducting needs assessments, reaching underserved populations, developing training partnerships and creating innovative program evaluation and assessment measures.
Mr. Hughes was given the HHS Secretary’s Award for Exceptional Service in November 2001 for his role in responding to the World Trade Center attacks. After the NIEHS response to the Katrina disaster, Mr. Hughes was given the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service in June 2006 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2011 for responding to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In November, 2011, Mr. Hughes was given the Tony Mazzocchi Award for lifetime achievement by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH).
Under Mr. Hughes’ leadership, NIEHS grant support of $40 million is annually committed for the development and administration of model worker health and safety training programs consisting of classroom, hands-on, online, computer-based and practical health and safety training of workers and their supervisors, who are engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and emergency response.