What We Do

The University of Washington's NIEHS WTP delivers safety and health trainings to a variety of workers who may face a hazardous work environment in the Pacific Northwest

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Meet Our Partners

We work with partners in the Pacific Northwest to bring quality training to under-served workers. We travel to remote Native Alaskan Villages, urban cities, and tribal lands to present a wide variety of health and safety courses.

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HWWT educates workers in hazardous materials removal, containment, transportation and emergency response

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Environmental Careers Worker Training

ECWT strives to train disadvantaged and underrepresented minority workers in construction and hazardous materials/waste handling

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HDPT enhances the safety and health training of current first responders and hazardous materials workers

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Western Region Universities Consortium

The University of Washington’s NIEHS Worker Training Program is a member of the Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC).  WRUC consists of four university-based programs located in the Western United States serving U.S. EPA Regions 9 and 10. WRUC’s mission is to protect workers and communities from exposure to hazardous materials and hazardous waste; to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies/disasters; and to create pathways to careers in the environmental field and construction industry. WRUC provides training courses targeted to cleanup site workers, state and county emergency response personnel, hazardous waste and hazardous materials transportation personnel, and waste site assessment workers. Consortium members also collaborate with community-based and tribal organizations to provide training for unemployed or underemployed workers, non-English speakers, those who are geographically isolated and/or with limited literacy skills.

WRUC Consortium Members:
UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program – Lead Institution
University of Washington 
Arizona State University
University of California at Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program

Project Duration August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2025
Grant Numbers U45 ES006173 (HWWTP, ECWTP, HDPTP)

UW Grant PI: Butch de Castro
UW Contact:
UW Office: (206) 221-5518