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Principal Investigator: Wright, Beverly L
Institute Receiving Award Deep South Center For Environmental Justice, Inc.
Location New Orleans, LA
Grant Number U45ES010664
Funding Organization National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Award Funding Period 15 Sep 2000 to 31 May 2025
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Project Summary/Abstract The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. Hazardous Waste Worker Training Center provides training to hazardous materials and wastes workers who may perform jobs covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards and assist employers in complying with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120. The Consortium's goal is unique as its emphasis is on underserved populations in its Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) and Environmental Careers Worker Training Program (ECWTP); and populations critical to post-disaster recovery in its Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP). The proposed HWWTP is designed to provide model occupational safety and health training for workers who are or may be engaged in activities related to hazardous waste removal, containment or chemical response. The emphasis is on servicing workers of entities where health and safety training are critical to the worker’s wellbeing. These workers include emergency responders and small municipality city workers and or cities where budgeting restraints or working conditions, greatly reduces or eliminates the possibility of training. Volunteer fire departments and small county police forces, city health department employees, port authority workers, mosquito control employees, HBCUs, small minority and disadvantaged businesses are workers the Consortium has trained. The proposed ECWTP component is designed to deliver comprehensive worker training to increase the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged minority adults employed in the fields of environmental restoration, hazardous materials and construction. The p r o g r a m goals are: (1) to serve underrepresented and disadvantaged adults living near hazardous waste and or contaminated property at risk of exposure to ambient hazards; (2) to provide additional pre-employment services inclusive of study skills, math, reading, life skills to increase program retention and completion; and (3) to successfully place trainers in jobs in the environmental restoration and construction fields. The proposed HDPTP, as an extension of the HWWTP, is designed to deliver safety and health training to hazardous materials and chemical workers responding to a disaster. The emphasis is on pre-incident preparedness and response training critical for workers still in need of training after responding to past disasters (i.e. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Sandy and Harvey). In addition, the program delivers training to a population identified as crucial to the continued recovery of communities including homeowners, volunteers, small businesses, and church-based organization members and leaders in disaster-affected areas such as New Orleans, LA (post-Katrina), Houston, TX (post-Harvey) and New York (post-Sandy).
Science Code(s)/Area of Science(s) Primary: 88 - Worker Education and Training (U45, UH4, SBIR, and STTR)
Secondary: 01 - Basic Cellular or Molecular processes
Publications No publications associated with this grant
Program Officer Sharon Beard
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