The New England Consortium's
E-Quarterly            Vol. 1 No. 2 November 2009
A Newsletter about Working with Toxic Materials, Health and Safety Training, Law and Public Policy Working with Toxic Materials, Health and Safety Training, Law and Public Policy
In This Issue
TNEC Open Enrollment Calendar
TNEC Trainers Earn Best Conference Presentation
TNEC Awarded ARRA Funds
SHE Faculty Presents a Strategy for Sustainability
MassCOSH Conducts Pandemic Flu Training at Logan
Information on Work Environment Degrees
TNEC 2010 Open Enrollment Calendar

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TNEC Trainers Earn "Best Conference Presentation" at NESHTA 31st Annual Conference in San Diego 
 The National Environmental Safety and Health Training Association (NESHTA) recognized trainers from The New England Consortium (TNEC) for their workshop at NESHTA's 31st Annual Conference on August 30 to September 2, 2009 in San Diego, CA.  The workshop, titled "Research to Practice: Part 1.  Using NIOSH Research to Design Effective Health and Safety Training," and "Part 2.  In Pursuit of a Safer Work Environment:  Delivery of Small-group Activities that Support Critical Thinking, Analysis and Action," and developed by TNEC trainers Bridget McGuiness and Thomas Estabrook and Ms. McGuiness was recognized for best conference presentation.
TNEC Awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funds
 Hard Hat The New England Consortium (TNEC), was awarded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) $373,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds to train workers with exposure risks to hazardous waste materials on ARRA project work.
   TNEC intends to provide training courses to students identified by workforce development programs in New England.  TNEC is also partnering with the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (MA-DOS) on a series of trainings for state agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusettts and with both the Workplace Safety and Health Program and the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Agency (MIIA).
   Additionally, TNEC will be working with Nexamp ( ), a rapidly growing start-up company aimed at full service clean energy solutions focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy management.
   Some of the targeted workers in need of health and safety training for work on ARRA projects are employees from state and municipal organizations (departments of public works, highways) who will be able to retain employment as government facility and transportation system construction, restoration, repair, maintenance, and renovation projects come on line with ARRA funding.  These projects will require employees to have received various forms of health and safety training as a component of worker protection against health risks resulting from potential exposures to hazardous materials and wastes.
   Moreover, unemployed workers engaged in workforce development job training programs for environmental and energy conservation sector workers will be included in the ARRA stimulus training.  These programs require but have not been adequately funded to provide  health and safety training that participants need in order to be qualified for employment in the field and to expand their eligibility for hire.
   Workers employed in emerging green manufacturing and installation jobswill also receive training.  Massachusetts and other New England states are encouraging sectors of the green technologies industry to set up facilities in the region.  Nexamp, a firm based in Andover, MA analyzes, designs, finances, builds and maintains clean energy projects including wind turbines, photovoltaic solar panels and geothermal technologies.  ARRA funds will help to support the expansion of the green energy sector and to ensure an emphasis on employee health and safety.
UMass Lowell School of Health and Environment Faculty Present a Strategy for Sustainability 
CraigSustainability According to a team of public health scientists from the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment speaking at NIEHS on July 21, 2009, broad-based acceptance of sustainability as a guiding principle for science, economics and society will require changes in attitudes about evaluation of risk from chemicals, an acceptance of scientific uncertainty, and what might seem to be unlikely partnerships.  The three Unniversity of Massachusetts Lowell professors presented their arguments during a seminar on "Sustainable Production: A Path Toward Disease Prevention and Health Promotion" hosted by NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. Click here To read the whole article
MassCOSH Conducts Pandemic Flu Training at Logan Airport
Bob Burns At the request of the Boston Taxicab Drivers Union, members of the United Steel Workers Union and MassCOSH conducted a one-day Swine Flu precaution at the Taxicab holding lot at Logan Airport in East Boston.  The lot is a large area capable of holding up to 300 waiting taxis that are constantly rotating in and out. The Cab drivers wait there until they are dispatched to the various arriving terminals.  On the day of the training, the typical driver's wait was about one hour, which afforded them the opportunity to visit the free health services and swine flu training.
   The H1N1 flu training coincided with a planned health outreach day that included visits by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute health van and an East Boston Health Clinic.
  Boston's taxicab drivers, who are by and large part immigrants from a host of foreign countries are considered at risk for swine flu.
COSH News 
MassCOSH Standing together for Safe and Healthy Work
Save the Date for a Free Forum
OSHA Under Obama:
A Town Hall Meeting with Acting OSHA Chief Jordan Barab 
  Thursday, November 19th
 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport Street, Dorchester
Don't miss an opportunity to...
-Raise priority policy concerns to OSHA leadership..
-Learn what OSHA is doing to respond to these concerns...
-Join the community to unite and organize to push for a stronger OSHA... 
Sponsored by:
The MassCOSH Legal Committee and
Health Technical Network and the Massachusetts AFL_CIO
Please RSVP to Al Vega: or 617.825.7233 x10
20 Years of working to keep NH workers safe!
Many changes have occured recently at the offices of NH COSH.  Changes in staffing and a move to new office space has kept the staff busy.  Below is the new contact information and staffing changes:
Brian Mitchell, Executive Director
Sandra Chabot, Program Coordinator
Judy Elliott, Trainer
NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett, NH 03106
Contact Information 
 Phone: 603.232.4406
Fax: 603.232.4461
An injury to one is an injury to all
 ConnectiCOSH Presents:
Green Jobs, No Jobs and an Economy in Chaos:
Health and Safety in the Age of Obama 
Connecticut Council for Occupational Safety and Health Annual Convention
Friday, November 20, 2009
 8:30am - 4:00pm
United Auto Worker's Hall
 111 South Street
Farmington, CT

Guest Speaker:
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab
Debra Berkowitz OSHA Chief of Staff  
For more information:
This is a fragrance free event
741 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401.751.2015
Fax: 401.751.7520
Western Mass COSH
640 Page Blvd, Suite 104
Springfield, MA 01104
 Phone: 413.731.0760
Fax: 413.731.6688
Upcoming Conferences TNEC will be Exhibiting 
39th Annual New Hampshire Safety & Health Conference
 April 6th & 7th , 2010
Radisson Hotel
Nashua, NH
New England Water Environment Association, Inc.
Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel
Boston, MA
January 24-27, 2010
TNEC trainer Bridgett McGuiness will present at the conference.  Ms. McGuiness' presentation is titled:
Health and Safety Concerns and Strategies of an Aging Workforce
Who do you want to be in 2020? 
ARRAWork Environment Department
On the cutting edge of change:
We prepare you to be able to design and promote sustainable systems of work.
Take an active role!
Graduate Training for Jobs of the Future:
  • Health and Safety Director 
  • Environmental Policy Activist
  • Indoor/Air Quality Scientists
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics Professional
The School of Health and Environment at UMass Lowell
Apply to our Graduate Program!
You can earn a Masters & Doctoral degree in:
  • Occupational/Environmental Hygiene
  • Ergonomics/Occupational Safety
  • Epidemiology
  • Work Environment Policy
  • Cleaner Production/Pollution Prevention

Financial Assistance Available

To learn more or to apply please contact us:
Department of Work Environment
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
One University Avenue, Kitson 200,
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978.934.3250
The New England Consortium (TNEC) is the region's model Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Worker Health and Safety training organization.  Since 1987, TNEC has provided dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training.
TNEC is one of 20 programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education Training Program.
TNEC is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Coalitions/Committees for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
In addition to providing HAZWOPER training, COSH groups work on a variety of worker health and safety training and other issues.
To learn more, call your local COSH group:
ConnectiCOSH                        860.953.2674
MassCOSH                              617.825.7233
New Hampshire COSH             603.226.0516
RICOSH                                  401.751.2015
WesternMassCOSH                  413.731.0760
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our newsletter.  We hope to keep you safe and healthy with information that will protect you on the job.