WETPWorker Education and Training Program (HHS/NIH/NIEHS)
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In addition, the WETP maintains a national clearinghouse that organizes and disseminates training curricula, technical reports, and weekly news updates about issues in nanotechnology worker training and safety (NIEHS 2012).
The WETP has conducted training in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific territories; (33) it has trained over 2.5 million workers in high-risk occupations such as toxic waste cleanup and chemical emergency response.
The NIEHS WETP received formal activation on 11 October by OSHA and FEMA under the Worker Safety and Health Annex of the National Response Plan.
The WETP Katrina training activities were a part of the overall NIEHS Katrina response (http://www-apps.
Over the past 16 years, the WETP supported its core program, the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program, by providing over a million workers in all regions of the country with health and safety training.
In addition to these activities, since 11 September 2001 the WETP has also trained workers in cleaning up environmental problems stemming from the World Trade Center attacks, as well as potential bioterrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction.
The NIEHS encourages applicants to this Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) RFA to review the relevant program documentation, to pursue partnerships and collaboration with WETP awardees, and to design new electronic learning products that can extend the existing NIEHS curricula and training programs into the digital world.
The role of the instructor is highly valued in the WETP. Many grantee programs have systematic approaches to train, certify, and maintain instructor competence in both the content matter and in teaching skills.
WETP director Chip Hughes visited Ground Zero the first week in October to assess worker safety and health issues.