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Principal Investigator: Cyphers, Frank Stephen
Institute Receiving Award International Chemical Workers Union
Location Akron, OH
Grant Number U45ES006162
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 01 Sep 1992 to 31 May 2025
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Overall HWWT and HDP Project Summary The ICWUC seeks to continue its national multi union training program to protect a range of collateral duty emergency responders and disaster workers and develop a cadre of worker trainers by offering 496 classes to 7,258 trainees (HWWT) and 246 classes to 3,657 trainees (HDP). Our goal is to have active, informed workers and trainers on the front lines of handling toxic substances to recognize the danger of spills, leaks, exposure to highly infectious agents, disasters and catastrophic releases, protect themselves and improve their workplaces. To accomplish this, we use a range of adult education principles and techniques that rely on the knowledge and experiences of the participants to teach key principles in a non-threatening and engaging method that motivates trainees to improve their worksites. We will include two new partners, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest public sector union and the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), a national network of experienced occupational health professional with a range of expertise in chemical and biological exposures and health effects. We will launch a major initiative to conduct Spanish and bilingual classes and develop bilingual worker trainers to deliver training on a range of disaster hazards. We will continue to develop worker trainers, offer hazmat classes to industrial, health care, government and school workers. We will continue our Plume Software and exposure to highly infectious disease classes, authorize trainers and staff in OSHA classes and continue our work with other NIEHS Grantees. The ICWUC Center will continue to collect pre and 6 months post-training survey data of participants' attempts to change their workplaces (which has resulting in two published papers). By comparing this paired data source for the same individuals, this has indicated that the intervention of the ICWU Center's program motivates, educates and arms these workers with skills to return to their worksite and make improvements in site safety plans and procedures. Two other papers documented joint labor/management programs to train all site workers and track improvements. We will explore the role of worker trainers as site experts outside the classroom.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 88 - Worker Education (U45)
Publications See publications associated with this Grant.
Program Officer Demia Wright
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