Environmental Careers Worker Training Program

Formerly known as the Worker Education & Job Training Program (WE&JTP), the Environmental Careers Worker Training Program (ECWTP), provides training under the HAZWOPER standard.  “The HAZWOPER standard provides employers, emergency response workers, and other workers potentially exposed to hazardous substances information and training criteria to improve workplace safety and health and reduce workplace injuries and illnesses that could occur from exposures to hazardous substances. It is critical that employers and their workers understand the scope and application of HAZWOPER and can determine which sections apply to their specific work operations.”

Texas Southern University (TSU) serves, as did Dillard University previously, as the WTP Cooperative Agreement Awardee, leading a partnership of HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and urban city non-profits in delivering comprehensive worker training to under-employed and unemployed adults. Along with the technical training curriculum that is geared toward identifying and remediating hazards within the environment, the training includes a Basic Skills and a Job Readiness component to ensure training participants can effectively enter or re-enter the job market.

The Harambee House / Citizens for Environmental Justice continues to provide the training and resources necessary to service the eligible members of the greater Savannah community. This training provides information and awareness to the Savannah community of hazard containment and remediation, environmental clean-up and ecological sustainability.

The technical training curriculum delivers instruction and information that:

  • Identifies hazardous materials in storage and transport, and covers the communication methods used to identify and manage hazardous situations
  • Teaches the standards of worker protection as outlined by OSHA
  • Identifies the hazards related to asbestos, lead, waste removal and infectious disease
  • Outlines the laws passed by Congress, regulations developed by government agencies and standards set by cities and communities devised to handle hazardous materials in the environment and the workplace
  • Teaches the regulations outlined by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910 & 29 CFR 1926
  • Outlines the regulations specified by:
    • OSHA with respect to chemical hazards and workplace safety
    • EPA regarding hazardous releases into the environment
    • DOT regarding the transportation of hazardous materials
    • NFPA with respect to the storage of hazardous materials

TSU’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice partners with the participating organizations listed below in delivering environmental sustainability training to underrepresented and disadvantaged adults: