Meany Center announces 2006 hazmat workshops

The Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program will conduct hazardous materials transportation/chemical emergency response training programs at the George Meany Campus in Silver Spring, Md., on the following dates:

May 7-12, 2006
June 4-9, 2006
July 16-21, 2006

The training, eligible for three academic credits from the National Labor College, addresses OSHA and DOT required procedures and different levels of response and worker protection in a hazardous materials emergency or release, weapons of mass destruction awareness, the incident command system, as well as components required to complete OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training. Training includes advanced classroom instruction, small group activities, intensive hands-on drills and a simulated hazmat response in full safety gear.

The Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program is funded to provide this training by various sources, including the North American Railway Foundation (NARF) and a federal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). This funding will provide transportation, lodging, and meals for training participants. In addition, participants who are unable to secure regular pay through the railroad to attend training are eligible for a stipend of $550.00.

In Fall 2005, the Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program was refunded for another five years in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as a Hazmat Transportation Consortium. As of August 31, 2005, the Rail Program completed 14 years of training provided to more than 19,500 rail workers.

The BLET Education & Training Department encourages all BLET members to consider taking advantage of these educational opportunities. Even those who have completed hazmat workshops in the past will benefit from new programming that will be offered this year.

The Program's curriculum has been expanded to include two new training program areas - Hazmat Disaster Worker and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Radiation Worker Training. The Disaster Training can encompass anything from security and terrorism to natural disasters, such as working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The DOE training will provide radiation awareness training to rail workers involved with the transportation of radioactive materials shipments.

For your convenience, a registration form is available from the BLET website at:

Completed registration forms should be faxed, mailed or e-mailed to the Hazmat office as soon as possible. Space is limited to approximately 25 for each program. Check the Rail Workers website for schedule updates and to register online:

For more details, contact the following:

Rail Workers Hazardous
Materials Training Program
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903
Phone: (301) 439-2440
Fax: (301) 628-0165



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