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.

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Hazardous Material Worker Health and Safety Training


Project SEAMIST started in 2010 when the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine received funding to provide occupational safety and health training for workers in the maritime industry. The project was funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health for five years and received nearly $1.5 million in total funding. With the funding from NIEHS, IDEP brought together a number of partners to provide hazardous materials/hazardous waste health and safety training to individuals associated with the maritime industry. The result of these partnerships was Project SEAMIST (Southeast Area Maritime Industry Safety Training). Project SEAMIST provides hazardous materials worker health and safety training to individuals employed on ships or those working in the marine shipping industry, including oil rig and oil platform workers, port workers, and law enforcement serving maritime venues. 

In 2015, ORI proposed to expand the existing  training under NIEHS’s Hazardous Material Worker Health and Safety Training (HMWHST) program. This proposal was awarded in July 2015 which secured funding for another five year period.  The increased funding includes a new initiative, the Hazardous Material Maritime Industry Response Training Safety Initiative (HazMIRTSI). HazMIRTSI will complement hazardous materials training currently provided by SEAMIST by providing critical curricular training focused on hazardous materials disaster response preparedness.


What We Do

The overarching goal of both projects 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.

Target student/trainee populations:

Geographic locations: Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut


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