Identifying Potential Training Providers and Training Resources
Locally, several types of organizations are usually available to provide environmental remediation, safety, and health training. One or several may be interested in partnering or contracting with the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Potential training providers may include consultants; remediation firms; or federal, state, or local agencies. Community colleges are excellent candidates as training providers because many have established environmental degrees and noncredit programs.
The Community and College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST) is administered by one of HMTRI’s partners, the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE). CCCHST instructors, prepared by PETE and HMTRI, annually train 10,000 workers, technicians, and supervisors to protect themselves and their communities:
- From exposure to hazardous materials encountered during:
- Waste site cleanup.
- Disaster site cleanup.
- Brownfields redevelopment.
- In the transportation of hazardous materials.
- In the response to spills and releases of hazardous materials.
Using a curriculum developed by HMTRI, CCCHST conducts an annual ten-day train-the-trainer program called the GreatEST Institute (Great Environmental Safety Training Institute) to deliver certifications for public and private responders and workers including:
- 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
- 24-hour Industrial Emergency Response
- Department of Transportation (DOT) HazMat
- Confined Space
- Hazard Awareness and Communication
- Disaster Site Worker
Health and environmental agencies of the United Stated and Territories can provide expertise and training in Brownfields site assessment, cleanup techniques, and environmental regulations. Most EWDJT advisory boards include representatives of state environmental agencies.
OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers provide training and education in occupational safety and health for federal and state compliance officers, state consultants, other federal agency personnel, and the private sector.
OTI Education Centers are a national network of nonprofit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors, and employers on behalf of OSHA. Courses offered include OSHA standards and Outreach Training Program trainer and update courses, recordkeeping, machine guarding, confined space entry, electrical standards, and fall arrest systems. There is currently at least one OTI Education Center in each OSHA region. For a map of locations nationwide, see the OTI Education Center Locations Map.
Trainex, in partnership with the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council and the EPA, provides a range of training information to EPA and other federal agency, state, tribal, and local staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. This site includes training schedules for deliveries of many courses—both classroom and Internet-based. It is operated under contract by Environmental Management Support, Inc.
Many EPA and other federal offices provide training relevant to hazardous waste remediation, site characterization, risk assessment, emergency response, site/incident management, counter-terrorism, and the community’s role in site management and cleanup. Trainex’s other EPA partners include:
- The Community Involvement University (CIU) provides opportunities for headquarters and regional staff from EPA programs to build skills needed for successful community involvement, including facilitation, risk communication, and cross-cultural collaboration.
- Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP) courses are designed for personnel who respond to or who investigate and clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites. Training is provided in safety and health as well as in the various technical operations needed to identify, evaluate, and control hazardous substances that have been released.
- The National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) trains federal, state, local, and tribal lawyers, inspectors, civil and criminal investigators, and technical experts in the enforcement of the nation’s environmental laws.
- The CERCLA Education Center (CEC) offers EPA and other environmental professionals training courses on the many aspects of Superfund and the latest environmental technologies.
EPA’s Emergency Response and Management Activities website includes emergency management activities from around the country, highlighting various accomplishments. These activities showcase EPA’s unique emergency response capabilities through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovative cleanup strategies.
EPA’s Contaminated Site Cleanup Information CLU-IN website provides information about innovative treatment and site characterization technologies to the hazardous waste remediation community. CLU-IN describes programs, organizations, publications, and other tools for federal and state personnel, consulting engineers, technology developers and vendors, remediation contractors, researchers, community groups, and individual citizens. The site is also intended as a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders. CLU-In includes publications on Brownfields issues and includes categories for:
- Strategies and initiatives
- Vendors and developers
- Training and events
- Additional resources
The National Service Center for Environmental Publications allows you to search, retrieve, download, print, and order EPA technical, scientific, and education materials. There is no charge.
The National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP). This program has trained over a million workers to safely handle hazardous waste and to respond to disasters involving hazardous materials. The National Clearinghouse is a national resource for hazardous waste worker curricula, technical reports, and weekly news on hazardous materials, waste operations, and emergency response. It provides assistance for NIEHS WTP staff, program grantees, and the general public.
OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. Among many other resources, links to the programs below can be found on the homepage.
- General Industry
- Disaster Site
The OSHA Resource Center Loan Program is a collection of over 600 training video titles that are available to help broaden employer and employee safety and health knowledge. Videos cover more than 100 occupational safety and health subjects from accident investigation to workplace violence. A limited number of books are also available upon request. These resources are primarily available for OSHA Outreach Trainers (members of the private sector who have completed required OSHA trainer courses). Other eligible borrowers include:
- OSHA national, regional, and area office employees
- OSHA grantees
- OSHA Consultation Program employees
- OSHA State Plan States employees
- OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Site employees
- OSHA Education Center employees
- Federal Agency Occupational Safety and Health trainers
- OSHA Cooperative Program members (SHARP, VPP, Alliance, and Strategic Partnership)
OSHA’s Small Business Assistance provides numerous OSHA resources and information designed specifically for small business employers, including safety and health tools and publications, easy-to-follow guides for specific OSHA standards, and descriptions of benefits that small businesses receive from OSHA.