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CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee:

Principal Investigator/Institution

Erich "Pete" Stafford

Tel (301) 578-8500
Fax (301) 578-8572


CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 ( Exit NIEHS Website

Program Contact

Don Ellenberger

Tel (301) 578-8500 ext. 8504
Fax (301) 578-4190


CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Target Training Populations

CPWR logo The Center for Construction Research and Training develops training primarily for the workers represented by the 11 Building and Construction Trades Unions that comprise The Center for Construction Research and Training's HWWT and DOE Construction Consortium. These workers are the men and women, journeyworkers and apprentices in the construction trades who perform a variety of activities involving hazardous materials and toxic waste at DOE restoration sites and EPA Superfund sites, working with toxic and hazardous substances that require the additional training that is not normally found within the traditional joint labor/management training programs nationwide.

The Center for Construction Research and Training works with all fifteen Building Trades Unions in developing a critical core of Disaster Response Health and Safety Peer Instructors and training workers throughout the country who will train Disaster Site Workers as skilled support personnel.

Additionally, the Consortium targets disadvantaged minority adults and youths in environmentally distressed communities. Under the MWTP and BMWTP, the Consortium trains underrepresented minorities in urban areas for work in the construction and environmental remediation industry.

Program Description

The Consortium provides training under the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP), the Department of Energy Weapons Complex Program (DOE), the Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP), the Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP), and the Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (BMWTP).

Construction workers are needed to work on DOE sites, at EPA superfund environments, and also as skilled support personnel in disaster response. The Center for Construction Research and Training's long term goal is to ensure that these construction workers have the training they need to protect their health and safety, and that of their co-workers, their families, their communities, and the environment. This population of workers performs a vast array of remediation and construction tasks at hazardous waste sites as well as in support of first responders at disaster sites.

The HWWTP provides environmental health and safety training to construction workers from a variety of crafts and organizations, such as electrical workers, asbestos workers and insulators, carpenters, and others, to work safely and effectively in and around hazardous environments in support of the nation’s cleanup efforts. This effort involves the delivery of peer-led hands-on interactive health and safety training, as well as comprehensive “train the trainer” programs.

The DOE program trains workers from the same crafts who are, or have the potential to be, employed at the highly dangerous demolition, decommission, and decontamination projects at the various DOE nuclear weapons facilities around the country. The training enables workers to effectively recognize hazards, identify proper engineering, administrative and PPE controls to counteract those hazards, and to perform their tasks safely and efficiently within the DOE complex.

The HDPTP ensures that thousands of peer instructors, capable of delivering essential health and safety training for construction workers involved in a disaster response in support of first responders, are in place in every major population center in the country. These trainers are able to respond at a moment’s notice with effective, timely, pertinent and critical training for construction skilled support personnel. This is accomplished through the delivery of the Building Trades trainer program for disaster response. Additionally, the HDPTP contributes to the body of Disaster Site Workers through the delivery of construction workers disaster response (OSHA 7600) training.

The long-term goal for the BMWT and MWT programs is to prepare underrepresented minorities for sustainable employment in the environmental and/or construction trades industry. The MWT and BMWT programs provide comprehensive training to: improve academic and life skills; provide general construction and environmental health and safety knowledge and certifications; and prepare underrepresented minorities for environmental remediation and construction trade jobs. Through a consortium of community-based partners, The Center for Construction Research and Training offers these programs in seven (7) urban centers located within 4 of the 10 US EPA Regions across the country.

Project Duration

  • September 1, 2005 - July 31, 2010 (HWWTP, MWTP, BMWTP, HDPTP)
  • September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2010 (DOE)

Grant Number:

  • U45ES09764 (DOE)

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