Weapons of Mass Destruction awareness now part of Meany Center hazmat training

The George Meany Center/National Labor College has expanded its hazardous waste/chemical emergency response training programs for 2004-2005 to include Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) awareness training.

The traditional four-day program will be extended to five days based on feedback the Meany Center received from training participants. Specifically, the evaluation data showed that a majority of rail workers are concerned about security issues and the lack of security training offered to them by the railroads.

The new curriculum, including Weapons of Mass Destruction awareness training and additional modules required for OSHA-10 certification, will be begin in October 2004.

The program dates are as follows:

Members are eligible for three academic credits from the National Labor College upon completion of the course. All training programs will be conducted on the George Meany campus in Silver Spring, Md.

Outside of the WMD training, the course addresses OSHA and DOT required procedures and different levels of response and worker protection in case of a hazardous materials emergency or release. Training includes advanced classroom instruction, intensive hands-on drills and a simulated hazmat response in full safety gear.

Transportation, lodging, and meals are provided for all training participants by a federal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). In addition, participants who are unable to receive regular pay through the railroad to attend training are eligible for a stipend of $550.00.

Completed registration forms should be faxed, mailed or e-mailed to the Hazmat office as soon as possible. Online registration is also available at:


Registration is on a first come, first served basis and class size is limited to approximately 25 for each program.

For more information, contact:

Railway Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program
George Meany Center-National Labor College
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Md. 20903
Phone: (301) 439-2440
Fax: (301) 628-0165
E-mail: crodgers@georgemeany.org



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