nlc_logoSMART Transportation Division Local 243 at Fort Worth, Texas, is sponsoring a hazardous materials training and awareness program for transportation workers from all crafts on July 31 and August 1.

The eight-hour course on July 31 will be conducted at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall at 1501 Hemphill St. in Fort Worth from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the direction of the National Labor College’s Rail Workers Hazmat Training Program. The course will be repeated on August 1 at the same location.

This course was designed for rail workers who may witness or discover a hazardous materials release and who may be responsible for initiating the emergency response process. It was developed to provide rail workers with an understanding of the roles, rights and responsibilities of those working with hazardous materials.

The hazardous-materials training provided in this course was designed to meet the worker-training requirements of both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for hazardous materials in transportation, including emergency and post-emergency response. It provides first or initial responder training at the awareness and familiarization levels.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • an introduction to hazardous materials and the role of the first responder;
  • federal regulatory agencies;
  • DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations;
  • recognition and identification of hazardous materials in transportation;
  • how to use the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook;
  • chemical properties;
  • how to use online resources: NIOSH Pocket Guide, New Jersey Hazardous Substances Fact Sheets, and Safety Data Sheets;
  • an introduction to toxicology; and
  • DOT-required security awareness training.

To register online, visit and select Course Dates and Description near the bottom of the page. Scroll down the page to 2013 Hazardous Materials Field Training.

Interested participants may also visit

The uncontrolled releases of chemicals can be extremely dangerous, especially in transportation. Emergency responders are particularly at risk. Any worker who is likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials spill or release or who is likely to be involved in the clean-up or post-emergency response activities of a hazardous materials incident is considered a first responder and is required to be trained by their employer.

The U.S. Department of Energy has shipped large amounts and varieties of radioactive material by rail for years and the number of rail shipments is expected to increase. With this rise in shipments comes the increased risk for rail incidents involving these materials.

The Rail Workers’ Hazmat Training Program has been awarded funding to provide safety training to rail workers to increase their knowledge of the transportation of radioactive materials. To meet this training need, the rail program at the National Labor College will conduct a two-day Radiological Transportation Train the Trainer course from April 25-27, 2013.

This federal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) provides transportation, lodging and meals for training participants. No stipend or per diem is allowable under the conditions of this grant.

The 16-hour DOE Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) course will be held at Holiday Inn in Laurel, Md. The program begins on Thursday morning, April 25, at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. It will include an intermission at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26, for observance of Workers’ Memorial Day activities at the National Labor College.

Interested rail workers can register online at by selecting the course desription tab, followed by the “Register Now” link for the Radiological Transportation Training.

Space for this course is limited and registrations must be received no later than 1 p.m. April 10, 2013.

For more information, call Freddie Thomas in the Hazmat office at (301) 431-5457, or email

Rail worker training in hazardous materials and chemical emergency response will be offered in Portland, Ore., Sept. 24-28, and in Houston, Texas, Dec. 3-7.

Sponsored by the National Labor College, the training focuses on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Department of Transportation requirements for response and worker protection following hazmat release or incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

The training is funded by a federal grant for those residing within a 500-mile radius of the training sites, and includes a stipend of $625 for those losing pay from employers while attending training. Also covered by the federal funding is mileage reimbursement, meals, air travel and lodging.

For more information, send an e-mail inquiry to Henry Jajuga of the National Labor College at

Use the following links for registration forms. 

Completed application forms should be faxed, mailed or e-mailed to the Hazmat office as soon as possible, or register online at

Railway Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program
10000 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 439-2440
(301) 628-0165 -fax

Registration forms for the two meetings are below:

Houston Hazmat Training Program

Portland Hazmat Training Program