Funding Statement

Funding for this program has been provided by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number U45ES019350. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

About HazMIRTSI

The Hazardous Material Maritime Industry Response Training Safety Initiative (HazMIRTSI) complements hazardous materials training currently provided by Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) South East Area Maritime Industry Safety Training (SEAMIST).

HazMIRTSI will modify, develop, and implement interactive safety training utilizing traditional interactive classroom-based techniques, e-learning technology, and simulated performance-based scenarios – all specific to responding to disasters or emergencies involving hazardous materials.  In addition, a series of online self-paced modules for individuals working in the maritime environment that address specific issues related to hazardous materials disaster preparedness and response will be developed and implemented.

The proposed HazMIRTSI project meets the minimum requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), providing critical curricular training focused on hazardous materials disaster response preparedness delivered to the target population currently being served by Project SEAMIST, in addition to public and private sector Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, HazMat Technicians, HazMat First Responders, and Emergency Management personnel with responsibility or potential responsibility to respond to marine incidents. 

Geographic locations will include the following: current NIEHS-funded SEAMIST trainee population in Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia, expanding to Texas and Mississippi as currently proposed by SEAMIST, and the current geographic training area of our partner organization, Tri-State Maritime Safety Association (TMSA), namely Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. 

The overarching goal of HazMIRTSI aligns with the NIEHS Strategic Plan Goal #5, “to identify and respond to emerging environmental threats to human health, on both a local and global scale;” the goal is to reduce injuries and death by providing engaging and interactive safety training for individuals responding to maritime disasters and emergencies that pose health and safety risks.

Project Goal: Provide health and safety training to those who work in or in concert with the maritime industry, including law enforcement and on- and off-shore workers, who may encounter hazardous materials in their normal workday through accident or natural disasters or through intentional terrorist incidents.

Project Objectives:

  1. Over a five-year period, provide safety and preparedness training for over 6,000 maritime employees (including dock workers, ship workers and their supervisors), as well as safety trainers and law enforcement personnel to prevent or reduce exposures to hazardous materials using our established curricula optimized to this unique target population in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia. 
  2. Expand the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded delivery of Project SEAMIST (South East Area Maritime Industry Safety Training) safety and preparedness training to nearly a thousand further maritime employees in two additional states, Mississippi and Texas, to additional maritime industries that include ship building and recovery, and to joint training of workers in other transportation industries, such as truckers and railway workers, who operate out of maritime sites. 
  3. Develop and implement smartphone-based applications that will allow for review of material and concurrent delivery in the language most effective for training of each student.
  4. Continue to revise, optimize and expand our training curricula, especially for renewal of certification, by: A) developing a set of tablet-based decision-based learning scenarios representing potential real-world hazardous incidents faced by our target population and incorporating this technology into our training sessions. B) Develop and implement modular  “special topics” content relevant to maritime industry workers. C) Offer curricular material online to improve training access.

Partnerships

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our Consortium Partners who make our projects successful: