The Sustainable Workplace Alliance has been awarded a Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) grant by the Department of Transportation through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The training is offered free of charge at 15 locations in the United States and its territories including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

For organizations that handle hazmat, federal regulations require employers to train their hazmat employees on a recurrent three-year basis. Since its inception in 2008, the HMIT program has been instrumental in developing hazmat trainers to then return to work and train their hazmat employees in-house. This has resulted in safer methods of transporting hazmat products and thus, a safer workplace.

The Sustainable Workplace Alliance is entering its fourth year as a recipient of the HMIT grant. Its continued focus is providing these classes to private and public sector, non-union workers who handle, package, or transport hazmat across the United States as we have over the past three years. The 2016-2017 program will target hazmat trainers that are responsible for training their hazmat employees in the production, warehousing and freight sectors. The Sustainable Workplace Alliance will conduct three specific classes designed to help individuals become more familiar with regulations, emergency response, and how to effectively teach others.

“The mission of the Sustainable Workplace alliance has, and always will be, to protect America’s most important resource – it’s workers, from environmental, health and safety hazards”, relates David A Casavant, project director of the Sustainable Workplace Alliance. “We are pleased to be able to assist the Department of Transportation and PHMSA in their efforts to educate the public and reduce injuries and illnesses,”

To learn more about the upcoming training provided at no cost to employers & employees, please contact: Bryan Heard at (863) 676-4100 or bryan@sustainablewp.org.