Please join us for the upcoming PEPH webinar: Safety & Health Training for American Indians & Alaska Natives in the Western U.S. – Session One
Date: Wednesday December 7th, 2022 • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Registration (required): https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc--vrjMuEySvjjm7PuVCbe6HpTPbU4c
Many American Indian and Alaska Native communities face unique challenges in training and safeguarding their workers in jobs related to environmental health or protection. Given their relative geographic isolation, tribal governments and residents often must deal on their own with solid and hazardous waste management. Transportation and infrastructure limitations make practices, like backhauling of waste, cost prohibitive.
A shortage of trained technicians in waste management means that many communities face increased risks for environmental contamination. Also, residents are frequently the first line of defense in responding to disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, oil spills, or other hazmat incidents, because trained outside responders typically are not immediately available.
The Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC), funded by the NIEHS Worker Training Program, partners with tribal entities in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska to provide training on hazardous waste, hazmat transport, and emergency response, specifically in underserved and remote tribal communities.
This webinar will describe these training activities with particular focus on the Western Region Universities Consortium partnership and collaboration with Zender Environmental and their Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) program. The program offers environmental training and job pathways for unemployed residents of rural Alaska communities disproportionately impacted by environmental health exposures.
For more information about the webinar including the full webinar description and presenter bios please refer to the webinar webpage.
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Justin Crane. TTY users should contact NIH Interpreting Services. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.
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