The New England Consortium's
E-Quarterly            Vol. 2 No. 3 February 2010
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
Green Chemistry Training
UMass Lowell Staff Attends Conference
The Effectiveness of Workplace Training
Federal Stimulus Used to Train for Green Jobs
Environmental Health Student starts Practicum
Living on Earth
TNEC 2010 Open Enrollment Calendar

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 National Work Zone Awarenesss Week
April 19-23, 2010
 Each year in April, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones.
This years theme is "Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention.

Drive safe a life is at stake.

Workers Memorial Day 

 April 28, 2010

In honor of those who are killed, injured or diseased from their jobs.
Green Chemistry Training for Environmental and Worker Health and Safety Activists  
Tolle Graham and Liz Harriman discuss policy
Tolle Graham and Liz Harriman talk about environmental partnerships                                                    
   Twenty-three environmental and worker health and safety activists met on the morning of February 8th, 2010 to engage in a training of trainers for a new curriculum for short green chemistry training sessions.  They came from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire for a day-long session in Wilmington, MA at the training center of Beyond Benign, a program of the Warner Babcock Foundation.
   The training was part of a project of The New England Consortium (TNEC), a New England-wide worker health and safety training program that is based in the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Center for Health Promotion and Research (CHPR).  Project funding came from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) new Partnerships for Environmental Public Health initiative and is part of the federal government's stimulus funding to spur a greener economy.  This is one of several UMass Lowell projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
UMass Lowell Staff Attends Conference on Environmental Justice 
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   Several TNEC staff members from UMass Lowell attended the Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement, and Green Jobs:  Evolution and Innovation in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 25-27, 2010, co-sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Worker Education and Training Program and Dillard University.
   This event, sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) provided participants with the opportunity to learn about new initiatives to reduce the impacts of transporting goods or produce, sustainability in the context of jobs aimed at preserving ecosystems and reducing consumption, impacts of ambient air pollutants and greenhouse gases on disproportionately affected communities, and the impacts and challenges of hazardous materials, waste exposure and cleanup activities.  The conference preceded the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) meeting held on site.
   Dr. Beverly Wright, Professor of Sociology and head of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans welcomed participants to the conference.  A leading scholar on and advocate for environmental justice (EJ), she was recently honored with the Heinz Award for her work on behalf of communities nationwide.  Dr. Wright lost her own home to Katrina and has been an advocate of the safe return of residents, addressing the critical issues of health and environmental restoration and monitoring fairness as it relates to standards of clean up.
   Hundreds of activists from affected EJ communities attended the conference and overall participants felt encouraged by an EPA leadership that is more willing to listen, dialogue and work with communities at a grassroots level to address injustices in environmental policy, cleanup, protection and jobs creation.
   U.S. EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson delivered opening remarks to the conference.  Administrator Jackson had made promoting environmental justice and expanding the conversation of environmentalism one of the seven key priorities of her tenure at EPA.  Since taking office, she has appointed a Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and a Senior Counsel for External Civil Rights in order to focus the agency's efforts to address the health and environmental burdens faced by communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.  Most recently, and consistent with this commitment, the agency announced that it would assess the impacts of its hazardous waste rule on disadvantaged communities.  This action will also be used to inform EPA's ongoing effort to strengthen the consideration of environmental justice in rule makings.
   The conference featured three primary workshop tracks including Hazardous Waste Cleanup/Job Training.  NIEHS WETP organizations facilitated and participated in these sessions leading up to the training program's semi-annual awardees meeting on January 27.
The Effectiveness of Workplace Training
                                                      ARRATraining is an important part of efforts to reduce workplace injury, illness, and death.  In the United States,, the total cost of workplace training is over $100 billion per year.  In light of the costs and time involved with safety and health training, businesses want to know whether training can meet the goals of decreasing workplace injuries and illnesss, and whether the cost of training programs can be justified.
   To better understand if occupational health and safety training and education programs have a beneficial effect on workers and businesses, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in collaboration with the Institute for Work and Health (IWH), Ontario, Canada, conducted a review of some of the recent research in this area.  Earlier this month NIOSH and IWH released "A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education for the Protection of Workers."
Federal StARRAimulus Used to Train People for Green Jobs 
The New England Consortium (TNEC) has received federal stimulus funds to train workers for jobs that protect the public, employees and the environment from hazardous materials and waste.
   These funds have allowed TNEC to offer more health and safety training to prepare people for green jobs and hire two new staff members-Luis Santos (pictured in above photo) and Susan Yuhas.
   Santos participated in hazardous materials (HazMat) training at UMass Lowell in January 2009.  At the time, TNEC's training team was so impressed with his leadership skills, that they decided to hire him as a trainer when stimulus funds became available.
   "Luis' high energy and eagerness caught our eye," says Bridget McGuiness, a lead educator of TNEC, which is based at UMass Lowell.  "His willingness to work as a team player convinced us that he would be a very effrective trainer as well as a good role model for others."
  Now a TNEC trainer, Santos recently taught a HazMat session on campus which consisted of leading students through simulated work tasks and mock incidents, complete with protection suits and oxygen tanks to simulate real-world situations.
   "I'm very excited, especially in this economy, to have the opportunity to learn skills that prepare me as a teacher and trainer," he says.
Environmental Health Student Begins his Practicum with TNEC
   Jon Kalinoski '10 is a student of Environmental Health in the School of Health and Environment and recently took part in TNEC's 40-Hour Worker Health and Safety training course in February.  Mr. Kalinoski is working with Dr. Craig Slatin, TNEC Principal Investigator and Chair of the Department of Health and Sustainability and Dr. Joel Tickner, Associated Professor with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.
   Jon spent last summer as an intern with the Concord, MA Health Department working on a funded research project through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP).  Mr. Kalinoski's work at the Concord Health Department consisted of evaluating the challenges and barriers to using green cleaners in institutional settings at local levels.  Jon hopes to pursue a career in the Work Environment field and plans on attending UMass Lowell's Graduate School. 
   Jon is working with Lead Educator Bridget McGuiness to develop training lesson plans and teach one or more modules this spring. He will participate in the many course training offered by TNEC.
UMass Lowell Students Learn about Occupational Health and Safety
Umass Students at January Training2010 The 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Personnel Basic Health and Safety course is held every January during the winter break for the general public and for UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff.  The break provides students the opportunity to study and learn valuable and life saving skills to assist them in finding  jobs in today's precarious employment market.  They spent five days working with TNEC trainers to learn about safety on the job.  Students' degree fields range from Criminal Justice, Civil Engineering, Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Community Health as well as graduate studies in Biology and Engineering.ARRA 
   The course has become so popular with the students that another 40-Hour Course will be held during Spring Break, March 15-19, 2010.  Any students who would like to register for the course should contact Judy Martineau at 978.934.3257 or visit our website at
(Pictured above is Josh DiFranco, Tim Edson, Scott Craven,Patrick Gedaminsky, Robert Reinhart, Erin Poitras, Matthew Sweeney, Charles Coushaine, Sergio Pernice, Gregory Gresham, Nick Pernice and pictured on the right is Colin Bryant.)
COSH News 
NH COSH Celebrates 20 Years of Working to Keep NH Workers Safe
ARRA   Members, friends and supporters gathered to celebrate NH COSH's 20th anniversary of working to keep New Hampshire workers safe, at their annual members' dinner and business meeting on October 29, 2009.  The evening proved to be a festive occasion with good people, good food, door prizes and time for networking.  Dennis Martino, Board Chair recognized several past directors and their initiatives while at NH COSH and Martino highlighted NH COSH accomplishments over the past twenty years.
   The former directors acknowledged were Dan Toomey, Peter Kellman, Paul Smith, Gail Kinney, Paul Morse, William Stetson and Judy Elliot.  NH COSH's current director Brian Mitchell (pictured above with Sandi Chabot, Program Coordinator)  is a long time union activist and previous COSH board chair who spoke to those gathered about NH COSHs legislative and programmatic accomplishments over the years.
   Matthew Comai, the School Risk Representative from the Local Government Center was the evening's speaker. Mr. Comai spoke to those in attendance about the NH Healthy School Environments program with which NH COSH has been a participating member for many years.  Paul Morse, Project Director for The New England Consortium (TNEC) and former NH COSH Director spoke of the long time association between TNEC and NH COSH.  "They have been invaluable partners in the worker health and safety movement," said Morse. 
   Judy Elliot, who recently stepped down as NH COSH Director was honored with a parting gift reflecting her new career direction, gardening and working with immigrant farm workers in NH.  Ms. Elliot received a large flowerpot filled with everything to do with gardening.  Judy continues part time at NH COSH as a safety and health trainer for the state's vulnerable workers and providing adult education.
   The new Executive Board was elected at the annual business meeting.  Dennis Martino was re-elected as Chair, Alfred P. Bouchard, Vice-Chair, Steven O'Connor, Secretary, Louise Hannan, Treasurer, Eva Costillo and David C. May are at-large members.  Those appointed to the board by NH AFL-CIO are Mark MacKenzie NH AFL-CIO, Bill Demotta, IBEW local 1837 and Elizabeth Skidmore, Carpenters Local 118.
 Standing Together for Safe and Healthy Work
  Bill Prohibiting Flammable Floor Finishes Advances 
 Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Executive Director of MassCOSH would like to thank folks at the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and TNEC staff for the support they have given so far that helped move groundbreaking Floor Finishing legislation (HB2304) out of the Public Safety and Policy/Steering Committees.
  Ms. Goldstein-Gelb stated, "We are very close to ending, once and for all, the use of highly flammable floor finishing products that led to the deaths of three workers, several injuries and hundreds of fires across the Commonwealth."
  Now the bill moves to the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.  For further information on the legislation and what you can do to help go to
42 Charles Street
 Dorchester, MA 02122
Phone:  617.825.7233
Fax: 617.822.3718
20 Years of working to keep NH workers safe!
NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett, NH 03106
 Phone: 603.232.4406
Fax: 603.232.4461
An injury to one is an injury to all
683 North Mountain Road
Newington, CT 06111
Phone: 860.953.2674
Fax: 860.953.1038
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
Rhode Island State Nurses Association
 April 9, 2010
 Butler Hospital
Providence, RI
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
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