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Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP)

Worker Education and Training Program

NIEHS has developed a Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training initiative in response to the experiences and lessons learned in recent national disasters including terrorist attacks. Background resources describing this initiative include technical Workshop reports which are available at the NIEHS Clearinghouse web site:
1) Learning from Disasters: Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Preparedness Through Worker Training ( mtgs/spring02/WMDreport.pdf)  Download Adobe Reader(1.03 MB)
2) Worker Training in a New Era: Responding to New Threats ( mtgs/fall02/WrkTraining-NewEra-FINAL.pdf)  Download Adobe Reader(661 KB).

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This program foster the development of WMD-specific training programs as an extension to the HWWTP for the purpose of preparing a cadre of experienced workers for prevention and response to future terrorist incidents in a wide variety of facilities and high-risk operations. The purpose of the NIEHS HDPTP is to complement the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) various preparedness training programs by enhancing the safety and health training capacity of hazmat workers and emergency responders to prevent, deter, or respond to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health
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