Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training
Who we are... The Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker
Training has been funded since 1987 by the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to
develop, present and evaluate model worker training
programs to help employers comply with 29 CFR 1910.120.
The Midwest Consortium has established a policy to
conform with ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2001, Criteria for
Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental
Training. Training centers in KY,IL, IN, MI, OH, MN, WI,
TN and ND serve the regional needs of employees and
employers. Partnerships with community organizations
ensure that information is available to residents who
live near hazardous materials or transportation routes.
Why we do this...
Congress reauthorized the Superfund program in 1986 and
directed OSHA to develop worker protection regulations
for handling hazardous waste, it also authorized a
division of the National Institutes of Health, the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS), to fund model worker training programs.
Congress intended these programs to lead the way in
developing a highly trained workforce capable of safely
handling the cleanup of hazardous waste site and other
incidents in which hazardous materials are involved.This
midwest region represents we serve more than 20% of U.S.
What we do...
Our programs move beyond the
pencil and paper classroom approach to actual hands-on
field exercises using state-of-the-art equipment. In
many programs, students practice and must demonstrate
their ability to perform in fully encapsulated personal
protective suits or in self-contained breathing
apparatus. Others employ appropriate simulations of
hazardous materials incidents and demonstrations of
chemical reactions students might encounter on the job.
What you get...
All programs include rigorous evaluation
to document achievement as well as ongoing monitoring by
the NIEHS to maintain top quality training on consistent
Kudos from the latest review by experts for
an impressive range and diversity of courses
training program is rich and varied
demonstration labs are a major focus
problem solving methods are emphasized over lecture
strong technical expertise is demonstrated
The intent is to provide the best possible programs
fitted to the individual needs of trainees, management
and the general public. Reflecting a commitment to
providing the best in worker protection, the Midwest
Consortium programs often exceed the minimum time and
subject matter requirements. Programs can also be
tailored to an employer's special training needs.