Western Region Universities Consortium
UCLA LOSH is the lead agency for a consortium of four university-based programs across the western United States that provide health and safety training for workers who handle hazardous waste and hazardous materials.
The organizations of WRUC collaborate with a variety of community organizations to provide training throughout the Western United States, Alaska, and the Pacific Islands.
Our outreach area is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IX (California, Arizona, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands) and EPA Region X (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska).
The Consortium has developed model programs since 1987 and continues today under three NIEHS components: the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP), the HAZMAT Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP), and the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP).
Our trainings address hazards to workers in hazardous waste cleanup and hazardous materials treatment, storage, transport, and disposal operations; strengthen emergency response, disaster prevention, preparedness, and response and recovery activities; and provide job readiness and life skills to under-served populations.
About the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) was established under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). The program funds nonprofit organizations that provide high-quality occupational safety and health training to workers involved in handling hazardous materials or in responding to emergency releases of hazardous materials.