USWTMC featured in NIEHS state profile

The United Steelworkers Tony Mazzocchi Center (USWTMC) is featured in a state profile by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) –

Supporting safer worksites through union training

United Steelworkers Tony Mazzocchi Center (USWTMC) for Health, Safety and Environmental Education provides training to local union members and management throughout Ohio. The Center has trained workers in high-hazard industry sectors, such as paper, rubber, oil and chemical. PBF Energy’s Toledo refinery works with USWTMC as part of the union’s labor-management cooperative health and safety program called the Triangle of Prevention (TOP). Through TOP, union health and safety leaders engage entire plant populations, including managers, to deliver training, conduct investigations of safety incidents, develop and share lessons learned, and implement systematic improvement.

Nuclear worker training

Several grantees facilitate health and safety training for cleanup, waste management, and emergency response at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons and nuclear waste sites, with funding from the NIEHS/DOE Nuclear Worker Training Program. In Ohio, more than 1,500 workers are trained annually, with most training programs supporting the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in southern central Ohio.

USWTMC provides training for Portsmouth site workers. In addition, the TMC, USW Local Union 1-689, the village of Piketon, and Pike County Career Technology Center formed a consortium to provide free training to local job seekers. It includes delivery of Radiological Control Technician training to address increased employment. All 20 class participants passed, with more than 50 percent of them receiving job offers upon completion.

The TMC and Local 1-689 also partnered with the Ross County Safety Council and Portsmouth Mission Alliance to provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour General Industry training in Chillicothe, Ohio. All 25 attendees completed the class and earned OSHA 10-hour cards, a success story that necessitated a wait list for future classes.

Click here to see the full profile titled “Worker Training Program: Ohio” via NIEHS.