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Principal Investigator: Fitch, Ashlee
Institute Receiving Award Steelworker Charitable/Educational Org
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Grant Number U45ES006175
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 01 Sep 1992 to 31 May 2025
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Program Summary/Abstract (Overall) The Steelworkers Charitable and Educational Organization (SCEO), the non-profit (501c3) arm of the United Steelworkers (USW), is applying for HWWTP and HDPTP funds to support a vibrant training partnership linking two of the largest U.S.-based industrial unions with rapidly expanding immigrant worker centers and Tribal communities. The SCEO’s training entity, the Tony Mazzocchi Center (TMC), brings together the USW, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the Labor Institute (LI), the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), Make the Road New York (MRNY) and the Umatilla, Cayuse, Walla Walla, Yakama, and Nez Perce Tribes. Through the HWWTP five-year program, we will conduct 2,265 courses to reach 50,075 workers, managers, community residents and Tribal members with 545,200 hours of training to help prevent toxic releases, fires, explosions, injuries, sickness and death. A primary focus is on training and mentoring union, immigrant and Tribal H&S advocates to promote concrete and lasting prevention at their worksites and on their Tribal lands. The HDPTP program will expand our multi-lingual team of Specialized Emergency Response Trainers (SERTs) from 9 to 15 members. SERTs are prepared to go anywhere at any time to provide pre- and post-incident training for high-hazard workers and community responders. Also, we will develop 25 Disaster Response Hubs at high-hazard sites, in worker centers and on Tribal lands to serve as locations for pre- and post-incident training and related activities. SERTS will also serve on our Opioids working group to provide training in response to this major health crisis. Our HDPTP program will offer 190 classes that will provide 3,475 at- risk workers with 35,600 hours of training. Target Populations: The TMC has access to over 6,000 workplaces and worker centers including the USW (600,000 members), the CWA (600,000 members), NDLON (55 worker centers) and MRNY (23,000 members at 5 centers). TMC Tribal partners include Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla (3,000 members); the Yakama (31,000); and the Nez Perce (18,800). Our training populations are employed in metal mining, refining, milling and manufacturing; telecommunications; transportation; oil refining, pulp and paper mills and manufacturing; chemical manufacturing and synthesis; nuclear energy; rubber and plastics; pharmaceuticals; automobile parts; electrical, appliance and other manufacturing; cement; construction; shipbuilding; health care, and education. Immigrant day-laborers and temporary workers are employed in clean-up activities, especially during emergencies; construction; cleaning; home care; warehousing; and distribution. Tribal workers engage in emergency services including fire, police, and medical services as well as in the construction trades. Approximately 850,000 of these workers are potentially exposed to hazardous substances covered by OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910, EPA 40 CFR 311, and DOT 49 CFR 171-177.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 88 - Worker Education and Training (U45, UH4, SBIR, and STTR)
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Publications No publications associated with this grant
Program Officer Sharon Beard
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