The New England Consortium at UMass Lowell Providing Jobs and Training Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) awarded The New England Consortium $373,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds in 2009 to train workers for jobs that protect the public, employees and the environment from hazardous materials and waste.

The ARRA funds are helping to support the expansion of the green sector and to ensure an emphasis on employee health and safety.  For the emerging green sector, it includes the customization of safety and health training for emerging jobs in alternative energy development, green remediation, green construction and emerging industries like nanotechnology.  If your company is part of the growing green sector, free training may be available to your employees.

TNEC courses meet or exceed the requirements of the OSHA 29CFR 1910.120 HAZWOPER Standard.  TNEC provides dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training using simulated work tasks and mock incidents.  Students gain a better understanding of work site hazards and how to properly respond in an emergency situation.

David Coffey, Training Manager commented, “Effective training empowers employees and encourages their participation in shaping safer workplace practices to better protect themselves, their co-workers and the community at large.”  More and more businesses view training and other environmental, health and safety issues from a business strategy perspective rather than from the former pure cost of compliance standpoint.

TNEC will design training to meet the needs of your facility or professional group.  Customized courses are delivered on-site anywhere in New England or at TNEC?s training center in Lowell.  Customized courses ensure that employees and management participate in realistic exercises and review lessons learned applicable to their own site.  Courses offered include; 8-Hour Emergency Response, 8-Hour All Hazards, Confined Space, OSHA 10, OSHA 30 and 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Personnel Basic Health and Safety.