WETPWorker Education and Training Program (HHS/NIH/NIEHS)
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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.
Hundreds of these workers, including members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, the Laborers International Union of North America, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, have received some training through the WETP.
WETP director Chip Hughes visited Ground Zero the first week in October to assess worker safety and health issues.