H&S Training

Health and Safety Training Overview

The program provides training under the NIEHS Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP), the NIEHS Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP), and the NIEHS Nuclear Workers Training Program (DOE).

HWWTP provides environmental health and safety training to workers and first responders. The training can accommodate workers with limited English proficiency and incorporates a peer training delivery model that is based from a “train the trainer” component.  While the training is based on and around the requirements of OSHA’s hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training elements, many other related and relevant training programs are performed as well.

The HDPTP program focuses on the prevention of catastrophic events that may be caused by acts of terror or natural disasters by not only preparing for the response but also applying the principles of OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard to minimizing the target potential of sites.

The program also provides training under several grants from the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Program on topics including a union approach to health and safety that is targeted to hone the skills of all local union health and safety activists, as well as process safety management, general industry safety, and pandemic flu.  

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Available Trainings

Union Approach to Health and Safety

These courses will help IUE-CWA local unions across all industry sectors have stronger influence and power in their interaction with management on health and safety. The course has particular elements that will help local unions strengthen health and safety committees, increase member involvement, and gain experience with various tools and laws to help get even tough, longstanding health and safety issues addressed.  Depending on the topic areas selected, this course can range from several hours to several days.

Near Miss Project

The course introduces the concept of systems of safety and accident prevention.  Attendees learn OSHA requirements for a workplace “mechanical integrity” program; and examine the causes and solutions of “breakdown” maintenance. It also touches on conducting accident, incident, and near-miss investigations, focusing on root causes.

Hazard Mapping

Participants learn to identify, locate and map hazards which can be targeted for elimination. Systems of safety are used to analyze the effectiveness of proposed fixes for identified hazards. Note: This workbook is available in Spanish.

Industrial Process Safety Management Training

This course provides an introduction to the Systems of Safety approach. It also includes material using the systems approach on lockout/tagout, noise, MSDS and safety, confined spaces, toxic chemical myths, introduction to logic tree, emergency roles and using systems to eliminate hazards.

Incident Investigation 

This 24-hour course uses activities to introduce and demonstrate systems of safety as a vehicle to apply fixes to root causes. Class activities allow participants to be a part of an investigation team in identifying root causes using logic tree analysis. Participants will use sample incidents and/or near-miss incidents from their workplace practice their skills as they learn to identify root causes of incidents and recommend solutions to control the hazards.


The TMC offers IUE-CWA members and affiliated establishments HAZWOPER courses of 40 hour, 24 hour, and an 8 hour refresher course. The 40 hour course is specifically designed to meet the requirements in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120.

CFR 1910.120 is designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.  The 24 hour course covers broad issues pertaining to the hazard recognition at work sites. OSHA has developed the HAZWOPER requirements to provide workers with the important information they need to work at and around the hazardous sites, and has devised extensive regulations to ensure their safety and health.  The 8 hour course is designed to meet the requirements in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites.


OSHA Outreach Training 

The program offers OSHA Outreach Training 10 and 30 hour courses in both General Industry and Construction.

The OSHA General Industry and Construction Outreach 10 and 30 hour courses are ideal to provide all workers with basic safety and health awareness. The Outreach courses will introduce participants to OSHA policies, procedures, standards and principles covered under OSHA’s General Industry and Construction standards. Upon the successful completion of an OSHA Outreach 10 or 30 hour course, each participant will be given a course completion card issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.


OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Training

The USW-TMC offers IUE-CWA members and affiliated establishments OSHA OTI General Industry and Construction Training under the umbrella of the National Resource Center, an OSHA Region III Educational Center.

The OSHA General Industry 511 and OSHA Construction 510 courses are the highest technical safety training offered by the OTI in the General Industry and Construction disciplines. These courses cover OSHA policies, regulations and standards in more depth and scope than outreach programs with an emphasis on OSHA standards and regulations to assist participants in the measurement and correction of unsafe working conditions. The OSHA 511 and 510 also serve as a prerequisite for OSHA OTI Train the Trainer courses in General Industry (OSHA 501 and 503 courses) and Construction (OSHA 500 and 502 courses). Upon successful completion of any OTI courses, each participant will be issued the proper certificate and/or card from the U.S. Department of Labor.


OSHA #510 – Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry

This course covers OSHA Standards, policies, and procedures in the construction industry. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA Construction Standards, construction safety and health principles, and special emphasis on those areas in construction which are most hazardous. Upon course completion students will have the ability to define construction terms found in the OSHA Construction Standards, identify hazards which occur in the construction industry, locate and determine appropriate OSHA Construction Standards, policies, and procedures, and describe the use of the OSHA Construction Standards and regulations to supplement an ongoing safety and health program.
Minimum student contact hours: 26   Prerequisites: None


OSHA 511 OSHA Standards for General Industry

This course covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as general industry safety, and health principles. Topics include scope and application of OSHA general industry standards. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide.

We study actual incidents that have occurred in industry and also the OSHA requirements dealing with those topics.


OSHA 501 OSHA Standards for General Industry

This course is designed for workers interested in teaching the general industry courses to their employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour programs as well as on those that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. Course participants are briefed on effective instructional approaches and the effective use of visual aids and handouts.

This course allows the student to become a trainer and to conduct general industry safety and health courses and to issue cards to participants verifying course completion.

Prerequisites: Course 511 and five years of general industry safety experience. A college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for two (2) years of experience.