Navigation Links
NIEHS to fund $36 million in worker safety training

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is awarding $36 million in grants to 20 organizations that 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 for up to five years.

Five awardees 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 be analyzing and documenting 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."

"We have developed a strong network of non-profit organizations that are committed to safety," said Chip Hughes, whose NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) administers the funding. "Since 1987, more than two million hazardous waste workers and emergency responders have received potentially life-saving training."

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 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 a total of $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 a total of $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 a total 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 a total of $2.3 million to 10 organizations.

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act gave NIEHS the responsibility for initiating the Worker Education and Training Program funded by grants. The primary objective of this program is to fund non-profit organizations with a demonstrated track record of providing occupational safety and health education in developing and delivering high quality training to workers who are involved in handling hazardous waste or in responding to emergency releases of hazardous materials.


Contact: Ed Kang
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Related medicine news :

1. $12 million grant to study young adult smoking behaviors
2. UN Summit launches drive to save lives of more than 16 million women and children
3. Researcher wins $2.5 million award from National Institute on Drug Abuse
4. U of M Masonic Cancer Center receives $26 million to lead national BMT cancer research
5. NIH awards $8 million to UT Southwestern to study metabolism, obesity-related inflammation
6. Simplified heart-risk guideline may miscalculate risk for millions
7. Penn receives $12 million NIH grant to research personalized approach to smoking cessation
8. 16.6 million small business employees could benefit from ACA provisions starting this year
9. Will extra protein and exercise help dialysis patients? U of I profs get $2.1 million to find out
10. Health advice from pharmacists saves hundreds of millions of euros
11. Health IT program at the University of Texas at Austin receives $2.7 million in federal funding
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The workstation boundaries for ... IMAGE Information Systems launches MED-TAB™ -- the world’s first portable DICOM-calibrated medical image ... 29 to December 4, 2015. , MED-TAB is expected to change teleradiology ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... , ... The importance of volumetric breast density assessment for ... abstracts accepted for presentation here, at the 101st Annual Radiology Society of North ... of Volpara Solutions’ quantitative breast imaging software tools for providing breast imaging and ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... For ... That is why Hollister Incorporated has launched the VaPro Plus Pocket™ touch free ... in the VaPro touch free catheter portfolio,” said Michael Gresavage, Vice President North ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (December 1, ... organization has awarded Education and Developmental Therapies (EDT), an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) ... exceptional special needs providers that excel in synthesizing the areas of clinical quality, ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... McLean, ... been awarded a fixed price per sprint agile development contract to support the ... million over five years, provides software engineering, infrastructure, as well as operations and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... During the recent 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular ... CA , Medinol Ltd. continued to introduce ... a satellite symposium, "The BioNIR eDES: The Role ... a renowned physician panel discussed the key attributes ... Stent System and the Medinol eDES Coronary Stent ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... YORK , Dec. 1, 2015 Relmada Therapeutics, ... the treatment of chronic pain, announced today that the company ... will be held December 1-3 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard ... Sergio Traversa , CEO of Relmada Therapeutics, will present on ... Eastern Time). . Please register at least ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015  InCarda Therapeutics, Inc. (InCarda), a ... of therapies for cardiovascular conditions via the inhalation route, ... in Australia . InCarda is planning ... Australia in the first half of ... medical centers in Adelaide and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: