National Labor College announces 2008 hazardous materials training

The National Labor College is now accepting applications for two Radiological Transportation "Train-the-Trainer" courses that will be held next year, April 12-16, 2008, and May 12-14, 2008.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has shipped large amounts and a variety of radioactive material by rail for years. The number of rail shipments is expected to increase in coming years, beginning as early as 2007, with a 38-year DOE project to transport Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste from DOE sites to storage and disposal facilities. With the increase in rail shipments comes the increased risk for rail incidents involving radioactive material.

The Rail Workers Hazmat Training Program was awarded funding to provide training to rail workers to increase their knowledge of the transportation of radioactive materials. To meet this training need, the Rail Program will conduct a two-day Radiological Transportation Train-the-Trainer course.

The BLET Education & Training Department encourages all BLET members to take advantage of this important training, especially considering the increase in radioactive rail shipments slated for years to come.

The Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program is funded to provide this training by a federal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) which provides transportation, lodging, and meals for training participants, and also sponsored in part by funding from the North American Railway Foundation (NARF) to support peer trainer activities.

NARF is a non-profit operating foundation formed by the Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) to support rail history, education, safety and technology in the United States and Canada. With initial funding and continued Board of Directors stewardship coming from the BR&CF, NARF has supported many non-political projects throughout the United States and Canada over the past 10 years. The primary focus of these efforts has been in support of organized rail labor - giving back to all of the men and women of the railroad community across America.

The 16-hour DOE-sponsored Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) train the trainer course will be conducted on the George Meany Campus of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md.

The program will begin on Monday evening, and end at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Funding for this course will cover travel costs, overnight room accommodations and three meals a day at NLC. Call Carol Rodgers at the Hazmat office (301-439-2440) for more information.

Since space for this course is limited, completed registration forms should be faxed, mailed or e-mailed to the Hazmat office (see below) as soon as possible. Interested rail workers may also call the Hazmat office to register by phone, or register online:

An application form is available on the BLET website:

Members may also contact:



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