Federal Grants for Safety Training

Friday, October 1, 2010 @ 02:10 PM gHale

Twenty organizations will get $36 million in grants in order to develop safety and health training for workers involved in hazardous waste operations and transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities, and chemical emergency response.
These training programs can receive annual funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for up to five years.
Five organizations in the Gulf Coast region will use the money to continue ongoing safety and health training activities in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oil cleanup experts and hazardous material trainers are providing curricula review and assistance with quality assurance to BP, while also delivering classroom and onsite safety and health training. Awardees will also analyze and document the effectiveness of oil spill response training to prepare for future efforts.
“For 33 years, workers trained by NIEHS programs have been among the first to respond to disasters, including the Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Gulf oil spill,” said Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program. “These grants will ensure that those on the front lines and in the greatest danger have the skills they need to protect themselves, their communities, and the environment.”
The 2010-2011 awardees are:
— Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Md.
— Dillard University, New Orleans
— International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, D.C.
— International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C.
— International Chemical Workers Union Council, Akron, Ohio
— International Union of Operating Engineers, Beaver, W.Va.
— International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), Detroit
— Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, Ala.
— Laborers International Union of North America Training and Education Fund, Pomfret Center, Conn.
— Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
— Office of Applied Innovations, Chicago
— National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, Portland, Maine
— SEIU Education and Support Fund, Washington, D.C.
— Steelworkers Charitable & Education Organization, Pittsburgh
— The University of California, Los Angeles
— University of Cincinnati
— University of Massachusetts Lowell
— University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health, Piscataway
— The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
— Utility Workers Union of America, Washington, D.C.
NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) provided awardees funds from multiple program areas:
• The Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program provides occupational safety and health training for workers engaged in hazardous waste removal and containment or chemical emergency response. During 2010-2011, NIEHS will award $20.6 million to 20 organizations.
• The Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Training Program is a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to train workers in environmental restoration, waste treatment, and emergency response activities at DOE’s nuclear weapons facilities. During 2010-2011, NIEHS will award $9.6 million to eight organizations.
• The Minority Worker Training Program delivers comprehensive training to disadvantaged urban youth to prepare them for employment in the environmental restoration and hazardous materials fields. During 2010-2011, NIEHS will award of $3.5 million to four organizations.
• The Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program fosters the development of training programs for the purpose of preparing a cadre of experienced workers for prevention and response during natural and man-made disasters. During 2010-2011, NIEHS will award $2.3 million to 10 organizations.

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