Customized Biosafety Training for Midwest Businesses and Organizations

Customized biosafety, infectious diseases, and bloodborne pathogens training programs are offered by The University of Michigan.  Financial support for the programs is provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) so there is no cost to participating companies and organizations. 

Personnel: Aurora Le, PhD, MPH, CPH, CSP

Training and Service Activities Provided
The training provided by the project personnel include:

  • training curriculum and content are customized to the company’s or organization’s needs
  • training topics are evidence- and practice-based
  • training programs are offered at different levels and include:
    • community-level (~1 hour introductory training)
    • awareness-level (~2-3 hour training)
    • operations-level (~4-8 hour in-depth training with hands-on training components)
  • train-the-trainer courses are also available upon request

Trainings can be offered virtually or in-person. For in-person trainings a minimum attendance of 20 employees is required.

Expectations of Participating Organizations
Participating organizations receiving the training are expected to:

  • work with the instructor to develop a list of topics to be covered in the training session
  • arrange for at least 20 attendees to be present for in-person training programs
  • provide a conference room for the in-person training sessions
  • allow a sign-in sheet to be distributed
  • fill out a short evaluation survey

This project is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (NIEHS) (U45ES019360).

Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Consortium

The Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Consortium is a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) that has been funded for over a decade (formerly the Texas-Utah Consortium) to provide hazardous waste worker training (HWWTP) and HAZMAT disaster preparedness training (HDPTP). The P2R Consortium is led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston but also consists of Texas A&M University, University of Utah, and University of Michigan.

The Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Consortium is comprised of dedicated experts in safety disciplines critical to the nation’s health and well-being. Guided by a shared vision – to reduce work-related harm and improve disaster preparedness and response – and an external advisory board of devoted and experienced professionals, the P2R Consortium serves as a resource for workers, responders, and residents across the country with a targeted focus on the population of United States Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Regions 5, 6, and 8. The objective of each training course is (1) to reduce work-related harm and, therefore, is part of the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program, HWWTP, or (2) to improve disaster preparedness and response and, therefore, is part of the HazMat Disaster Preparedness Training Program, HDPTP. Building on past successes and using evidence-based techniques to identify high-risk industries and communities, the the Consortium projects deliver approximately 361 courses to reach 25,000 workers and residents for an impressive impact of almost 350,000 hours of training annually. The public health impact of the P2R Consortium is a knowledgeable workforce and community with the skills and confidence to recognize and mitigate hazards, thereby protecting health and well-being. Finally, as in the past, the P2R Consortium places special emphasis on building the capacity of vulnerable communities to respond to environmental and work-related threats.

For information about this Opportunity Contact:

Aurora Le, PhD, MPH, CSP, CPH 
John G. Searle Assistant Professor
School of Public Health SPH II M6242
1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-615-7105