Worker Health and Safety Training


ECWTP Training Info ► HWWTP Training Info ►
In response to community interest in creating employment opportunities for residents in cleaning up environmental hazards, the DSCEJ developed and has conducted worker health and safety training since 1995.

The Center’s Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) prepare people in underserved communities for occupations in environmental remediation and restoration, emergency response, construction, asbestos removal, mold removal, lead abatement, and hazardous materials/waste handling.

The Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) works in partnership with unions, first responders, city government, medical workers, professional organizations, minority and small businesses and other organizations related to hazardous waste and green industry workers, to ensure that workers become and remain certified active participants improving work site safety conditions.

The Center leads the worker health and safety training programs in New Orleans with partner organizations in Houston, TX; Detroit, MI; Pensacola, FL; and Savannah, GA.  Under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), these training programs are currently administered by Texas Southern University (TSU) under the direction of Dr. Robert Bullard, Principal Investigator, TSU, and Dr. Beverly Wright, Co-Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc.

Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) 
The Environmental Career Worker Training Program focuses on delivering comprehensive training to increase the number of disadvantaged and underrepresented minority workers in areas such as environmental remediation/restoration, construction, hazardous materials/waste handling and emergency response. 


The Basic Skills instruction provides trainees with the personal and interpersonal skills required to deal with the challenges of everyday life and to obtain and sustain employment. The ECWTP six-week basic skills training utilize a work-based learning curriculum. Classes include study skills, mathematics, an introduction to hazardous materials, computer basics, life skills, job readiness, and physical fitness. There is also a counseling component that provides students with problem intervention and assistance, in addition to information on a wide range of social services to aid them in achieving their educational and vocational goals.


Technical training can include the following components as required by the granting agency:
40 hour—Construction           
16-hour—Lead Abatement       
32-hour—Asbestos Abatement
40-hour—Hazardous Waste Worker
16-hour—Mold Remediation

10-hour OSHA Construction or General Industry
Participants are fully certified in each technical segment completed satisfactorily and are provided OSHA workplace cards. The staff provides placement and career development assistance and continues to track the performance of both recent and past graduates.

The Deep South Center for Environmental (DSCEJ) would like to identify, train, and mobilize men and women to participate in hazardous materials clean-up, construction, and disaster recovery locally and across the nation. After receiving certification, participants will be assisted with job placement. 

​​​​​​​2023 12 Week Training Schedule:
Training: January 4 - March 25, 2023​​​​​​​
Orientation: January 4 - 6, 2023
Training Begins: January 9, 2023
Training Ends: March 24, 2023
Graduation Date: March 28, 2023 (tentative)

Student training incentives include:
  • Weekly Stipend
  • Lunch
  • Bus Pass (if needed)
  • Medical evaluation required for environmental work
  • Protective equipment and other work gear
  • TWIC Cards available to eligible participants
Participants Must:
  • Attend and complete ALL 12 WEEKS of training
  • Be fully COVID-19 vaccinated
  • Take and pass TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education)
  • Have a valid State driver's license or ID and a social security card
  • Be from the New Orleans Metro area 
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Speak and read English
  • Be willing to work upon completion of the program

​​​​​​​If you meet the above requirements, complete the application below and you will be contacted to come in for testing and an interview.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive certifications and be ready to begin work in the construction and/or environmental field.  Job placement assistance will be provided.​​​​​​​
Complete the ECWTP Training Application ►

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP)
The Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) provides model occupational safety and health continuing education training for workers engaged in hazardous waste removal, containment, and chemical emergency response. The main goal of the program is to deliver environmental health and safety training and workshops to workers and communities at risk to exposure from hazardous materials. Certifications are provided to workers in a variety of environmental health and safety areas often required by local, state and federal agencies to conduct work in related fields. The HWWTP is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; specific target populations include minority and small businesses, first responders, city government, medical workers, professional organizations, green industry, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Complete the HWWTP Training Application ►

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