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

A two-day training program on handling radioactive cargo traveling by rail will be conducted by the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., Aug. 17-18.

The Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) course will be taught by officials from the Department of Energy. The course will be taught from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., both days.

Rail workers interested in attending this training must secure the time off from their employer, and confirm participation to attend by completing a registration form that includes a clear copy of your driver’s license or other government-issued identification. Use the following link to obtain the registration form:

The completed registration form should be e-mailed to, or sent via facsimile to (301) 628-0165. 

Upon receipt of a completed registration form, participants will be sent a confirmation letter with information on travel, room and board. A federal grant pays for transportation, room and board for each training participant.
If you have any questions or desire additional information, email, or call (301) 628-4858.

The National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., has scheduled several hazardous materials train-the-trainer programs to help build a nationwide pool of peer instructors.

Funded by the Department of Transportation, the train-the-trainer courses provide regional peer trainers with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver this awareness level hazmat training at their job-sites, union meetings and in their communities.

An advanced instructor training course will be held in St. Louis, June 18-22.

Basic courses will be held July 16-21 and July 22-27 at the National Labor College campus in Silver Spring, Md.

These three courses may require participants to have completed other courses.

For more information on the prerequisites, and to register, go to and scroll to “2011-12 DOT HMIT Grant Hazardous Materials Instructors Training,” or send questions via email to

The National Labor College said additional courses may be scheduled between Jun 1 and Sept. 30.


A training course in safe handling of radioactive material transported by rail is offered April 26-28 at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md. The course is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The college says that with the number of rail shipments of radioactive materials expected to increase in coming years, there is increased risk for rail incidents involving that hazardous material, and thus a need for this training.

A federal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will provide transportation, lodging and meals for training participants. The training will be conducted on the George Meany Campus of the National Labor College. Silver Spring, Md., is just outside Washington, D.C.

For more information and an application for attendance, click on the following link:

Additional information may be obtained by calling the labor college’s hazmat office at (301) 431-5457.