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Principal Investigator: Raynor, Peter C.
Institute Receiving Award University Of Minnesota
Location Minneapolis, MN
Grant Number U45ES006184
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 The Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (MWC) provides model training programs to workers and residents who may be exposed to hazardous substances. This programming is delivered by 13 training centers in 9 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Eight of the centers are equipment-based centers that focus most strongly on HAZWOPER and related training for workers at designated hazardous waste sites; treatment, storage, and disposal facilities; and in a broad range of emergency response roles. The five remaining centers are community-based centers that focus on helping workers and residents, particularly those from underserved populations, to recognize and react to hazardous materials in their communities. From 2015-2019, MWC training centers provided 4,791 programs to 75,354 trainees for 521,407 contact hours, demonstrating the impressive reach of the Consortium. The long-term goal of the MWC is to improve occupational and environmental health and safety throughout the region it serves. In the shorter-term, the MWC's objective is to build capacity for workers to improve the workplace and for communities of workers and residents to recognize, prepare for, and recover from environmental exposures. To achieve this objective, the overall aims for the MWC are to facilitate delivery of model training programs at MWC centers, enable training of diverse groups of participants who will not otherwise receive enough training about hazardous substances, and continually evaluate and improve the delivery of the MWC's worker and community training. Achieving these aims will allow the MWC to continue to develop and implement innovative training, address emerging topics such as opioids and worker health, and extend community resilience training to a broader context as needs arise. The experienced, creative, and dedicated trainers at MWC centers have successfully trained hundreds of thousands of workers since 1987, increasing the collective training output over time and demonstrating impressive impacts. The centers provide training to workers at industrial sites, government agencies, tribal nations, healthcare systems, and elsewhere and to residents affiliated with faith-based groups, non-profit and community organizations, and neighborhood associations. Reported impacts of training demonstrate significant benefits to public health, particularly in the prevention and control of hazards. Participants indicate that they learn how to act more safely, and return to their workplaces and communities after training with a motivation to implement new procedures so that fundamental change will occur. From 2020-2025, MWC training centers will collectively provide 4,864 programs to 82,009 trainees during 703,571 contact hours.
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 88 - Worker Education and Training (U45, UH4, SBIR, and STTR)
Secondary: 00 - Use when there is no secondary code assigned
Publications No publications associated with this grant
Program Officer James Remington
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