During the past eighteen years, the NIEHS WETP in conjunction with 20 awardees has supported the development of curricula and initiation of training programs throughout the country to help employers meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements under CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_ document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9765) . This model program encourages innovation for training difficult-to-reach populations by addressing issues such as literacy, appropriate adult education techniques, training quality improvement, and other areas un-addressed directly by the private sector. The program enhances rather than replaces private sector training responsibility by demonstrating new and cost-effective training techniques and materials.
The primary mission 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.
Read the Program Accomplishments and Highlights reports to learn more about the accomplishments in training the thousands of men and women who handle hazardous materials or respond to emergencies involving hazardous materials.
Who's Who in the Worker Education and Training Program.
After the events of September 11, 2001, the WETP put together a Strategic Planning Workshop, which occurred on November 1-2, 2001 in Chapel Hill, NC and became the key opportunity for Principal Investigators and key program staff to discuss in detail the components of the plan. The final strategic plan, which was completed in June 2002, owes its insights and operational items in large part to the hard work of the WETP awardees during the November 1-2, 2001 Strategic Planning Workshop.