The New England Consortium's
E-Quarterly            Vol. 4 No. 5 October 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
NIEHS to fund TNEC
ARRA Funded Projects Collaborate on Hazardous Training
OHIP Students Present their Research
For our Loyal Customers
MassCOSH Annual Event
COSH News/Job Position available at NH COSH


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  Is it time for your 8-Hour Refresher?
OSHA requires annual 8-Hour Refresher training for employees working with hazardous materials.  If you already had your 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site training, you are required to annually take an 8-Hour Refresher. Click on the following link and check out the open enrollment training calendar and register at the same time.
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NIEHS to fund The New England Consortium $6.3 million over the next five years for their efforts to reduce worker exposure to hazards during cleanup operations and disaster response
TNEC Training through ARRA
   The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is awarding $36 million in grants to 20 organizations that develop safety and health training for workers involved in hazardous waste operations and transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities and chemical emergency response.
   UMass Lowell and The New England Consortium (TNEC) have been awarded a five year grant for a total of $6.3 million from NIEHS' Worker Education Training Program (WETP).  Professor Craig Slatin of the Department of Community Health and Sustainability will serve as Principal Investigator for the project, joined by Project Director Paul Morse.  Since 1987, NIEHS has awarded TNEC more than $20 million to prepare workers to better protect themselves on-the-job.
   Over each of the next five years, TNEC will provide hazardous waste and emergency responder training to over 1,400 workers in New England and New York.  The Consortium has expanded from a partnership among UMass Lowell and five New England coalitions for occupational safety and health (COSH) to include the Health and Safety Department of the Civil Service Employees Association of New York, (CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME).
  CSEA represents almost 300,000 workers in state, county and municipal departments.  TNEC conducts between 90-100 training sessions annually, including Hazard Disaster Preparedness with the goal of preventing occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities. "We are delighted and happy to obtain continued grant award support form NIEHS as part of our cooperative agreement with NIEHS's Worker Education Training Program," Morse said.
ARRA Funded Projects Collaborate on Hazardous Site TrainingBoston University and Brown University training
   The New England Consortium (TNEC), the region's model Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training organization, recently provided a 24-hour Occasional Site Worker health and safety course for students and faculty that make up the collaborative project between Superfund Research Programs (SRP) at Brown University and Boston University.
   Like TNEC, the SRP is federally funded and administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has provided support for research collaborations that facilitate the sharing of laboratory resources and analytical services and that build on research synergisms through collaborations.  The program encourages new partnerships and creates new jobs for scientific investigators.
   Brown University's research is concerned "with factors that determine one aspect of human exposure potentials on contaminated sites," said Eric Suuberg.  Professor Suuberg and Professor Kelly Pennell are Project Leaders on Brown university's Low Concentration Vapor Exposures in Complex Systems and the Problem of Vapor Intrusion research.  It focuses on vapor inhalation potential with an emphasis on mixtures and how these influence the exposure processes.  The project's research objective is to provide a robust tool, based on a commercial computational platform, which will allow regulators and other concerned parties access to modeling results, permitting more effective guiding of site investigation and remediation efforts.
   According to Professor Madeleine Kangsen Scammell, Leader, Boston University's Research Translation Core, the project seeks to identify and transfer technology developed in the SRP to appropriate stakeholders and to communicate research findings to a broad audience, "This study in particular is directly responsive to needs identified by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and involves their collaboration."  The project also builds on in-house expertise at Boston University School of Public Health (BU SPH) including Professor Wendy Heiger-Bernays, a toxicologist with expertise in human health risk assessment and Professor Michael McClean, Director of the Exposure Biology Research Laboratory.
   TNEC is another useful partnership under the ARRA program.
   "It enables us to not only protect ourselves but also to understand, recognize and have a general awareness of hazards while working near areas that are hazardous waste sites," said Professor Scammell.
   Professor Suuberg added that "the training gives us the information we need to be safe when we enter hazardous sites and to adequately describe the actual situation in the field."
   The SRP is a network of university grants that are designed to seek solutions to the complex health and environmental issues associated with the nations' hazardous waste sites.  The research conducted by the SRP is a coordinated effort with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is the federal entity charged with cleaning up the worst hazardous waste sites in the country.
   This collaboration between NIEHS funded projects allows research and knowledge to flow between federally funded research institutes and between scientists and researchers working to protect workers and communities affected by hazardous waste sites in the United States.

For more information on the Brown University and Boston University Assessing Vapor Intrusion Exposure and Risk Superfund Research Program:

OHIP Students Present their Research
OHIP Students Research
  Amanda Murray '10 and Alex Gyebi '11 after their presentation on Occupational Health in Construction
   Amanda Murray '11 and Alex Gyebi '10 student and graduate respectively from the Department of Community Health and Sustainability participated in the national Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) during the Spring Semester.  A grant awarded to Dr. Craig Slatin from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has provided Federal stimulus funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-ARRA) to support student research internships in environmental public health.  Their research project addressed the health and safety needs of building trades workers and with the assistance of Dr. Susan Shepherd, Department of Work Environment, they studied silica dust and noise exposures on construction sites.  Both students engaged in exposure sampling and analysis and interviewing workers and contractors about health and safety conditions.  Mr. Gyebi has completed his undergraduate studies and is a student in the masters program in the Department of Work Environment while Ms. Murray continues her studies in Environmental Health and will graduate in 2011.
   Both students present their research during a videoconference in August, 2010.  Each student described how they involved workers in formulating the project, summarized their findings and described the final health education product that they provided to their host union/community group.
Governor Appoints TNEC Project Director to serve on MA Employee Safety and Health Advisory Committee
Paul Morse and Governor Deval Patrick
  Governor Deval Patrick and Morse at UMass Lowell earlier this year.
    On September 2, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Paul Morse, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of The New England Consortium to serve on the Massachusetts Employee Safety and Health Advisory Committee.
The appointment comes pursuant to an Executive Order issued by the Governor in April 2009.  The executive order calls for the establishment of safety committees in all state agencies to document workplace hazards and safety measures needed.
   The Massachusetts Employee Safety and Health Advisory Committee mission is to evaluate injury and illness data, recommend training and implementation of safety and health measures, monitor the effectiveness of safety and health programs, and determine where additional resources are needed to protect the safety and health of the Commonwealth's employees.
   The advisory committee is made up of 13 members, including the Director of Labor, the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Commissioner of the Division of Occupational Safety, the Secretary of Administration and Finance, the DIrector of the Office of Employee Relations, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, and the Commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents or their designees.
   Additionally, there are four representatives from labor unions representing the employees of the Commonwealth, one representative from a community-based health and safety advocacy organization, and Professor Emeritus David Wegman, former Dean of the UMass Lowell School of Health and Environment. Mr. Morse is serving on the Advisory Committee as a representative of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA).  He serves as the Co-Chair of MTA's statewide Environmental Health and Safety Committee.
   The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), passed in 1970, develops and enforces job ssafety and health standards and regulations.  These standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals workers can be exposed to, mandate the use of certain safety practices, equipment and training, and require employers to monitor hazards and maintain records of workplace injuries and illnesses.  The law made it an option but did not require states to provide OSHA protections to their public employees.  But if a state adopted OSHA guidelines, the federal government would pick up 50% of the cost.  More than 20 states provide public sector workers with equal protections.  The same should be true in Massachusetts.  Currently, over 400,000 State, County and City workers in the state lack the same OSHA Protections that cover employees in the private sector.
Legislative efforts to rectify this are stalled and the Governor's Order is an important step forward.
For our Loyal Customers
logo   TNEC has provided excellent training to federal and state agencies, small businesses and large multi-national corporations for over 18 years.  Many companies and agencies over the years have sent multiple employees to our 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Health and Safety courses and the 8-Hour refresher.  To thank our loyal customers and for those who are choosing us for the first time and who send more than three employees to our trainings over a one year period, we will begin to offer up to a 15% discount on the price of the course.  To find out if you are eligible for the discount pricing contact David Coffey, Training Manager at 978.934.3296 or or Therese O'Donnell 978.934.3329 or
NOTE: TNEC changes its Refresher curriculum each year, beginning in September, so that students returning to TNEC year after year for their Refresher training are presented with new materials each time.
   From September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011, the curriculum for the Site Worker Refresher includes Reviews of Student Work History for the past year, and small group activities emphasizing OSHA priority safety issues such as: Walking and Working Surfaces, Hazardous Materials, Gulf Oil Spill, Occupational Stress, Record Keeping, Infectious Diseases and Global Harmonization.  Other review topics: Reflecting on Health and Safety, NIOSH Pocket Guide Activity, Respiratory Protection, Action Cards Discussion and Table Top activity.

 MassCOSH Annual Event
The MassCOSH Annual Event
Thursday October 28, 2010 6-8:30pm
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Celebrating the Movement
Celebrate MassCOSH award recipients:
  • Denise Provost, State Representative
  • Employees of Dorchester Hotel Steve Gauthier, IUE/CWA Local 201
  • Commonwealth CORI Coalition Leonard Lee, MA DPH
  • Matthew Parker, Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Tom Smith, Greater Boston Legal Services
Join us at the Carpenters Center

750 Dorchester Avenue

Buy your tickets on line at




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 OSHA LISTENS in Massachusetts

Public Meeting Notice


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

6:00 - 8:00pm


With Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator

Region 1, Boston

U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA


Plumbers Hall

1230 Mass Avenue

(Parking available on site; 10 min. walk from JFK/UMass Subway)


An Opportunity for workers, unions, community groups, injured workers, impacted families and employers to offer comments and suggestions to OSHA.


Call MassCOSH to RSVP or for more information contact 617.825.7233 x10 or email at


Light refreshments will be served

Project Partnersowelltter

Civil Service Employee Association
CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME

Occupational Safety and Health
New York's Leading Union

143 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Phone: 516.257.1465


  Standing Together for Safe and Healthy Work
1532B Dorchester Avenue
 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

Job Position available:
NH COSH is looking to hire a half time
Worker Health Educator Trainer
Check out their website today for the job posting!


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 Where TNEC will be Exhibiting 

 Massachusetts Health Officers Association
Mass Mutual Center
Springfield, MA
October 28, 29, 2010

Partners in Worker Health and Safety Training

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Contact:   Diane Malachowski, Manager Region 1 OTIEC,
    603-645-0050; Toll-free 800-449-6742; Fax 603-645-0080

OSHA Training Institute Education Center

                       175 Ammon Drive, Manchester, NH 03103-3308  
   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 to over 24,000 workers.

   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 and the Civil Service Employees Association of New York (CSEA Occupational Safety and Health), Local 1000, AFSCME

   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
CSEA                                      518.257.1465
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.

This work is partially supported under NIEHS grant number:
2 U45 ESOO6172-19