The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) is an environmental health and safety education and training organization established in 1987. The purpose of the Institute is to promote worker protection and the maintenance of a clean and safe environment through education and training. HMTRI is recognized as one of a select number of national centers for excellence by several federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
HMTRI and the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) share administrative and support staff at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges located in the Mississippi Plaza Center, 201 N. Harrison Street, Davenport Iowa. The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) is a national center that promotes and supports environmental and energy technology education to address the needs of the national and global workforce. ATEEC is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center of Excellence funded since 1994 whose mission is the advancement of environmental and energy technology education through curriculum, professional, and program development and improvement.
The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) has been working with EPA on the Brownfields Initiative since its inception in 1994. Since that time, HMTRI has organized and conducted 22 EPA national Brownfields Job Development workshops attended by nearly 800 stakeholders, as well as twelve annual Job Training All-Grantee meetings attended by 942 community stakeholders focused on improving the effectiveness of job training programs and sharing training and job development methodologies. Most of the 100+ EPA-funded Job Training grantees received training and technical assistance from HMTRI.
HMTRI works with the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps facilitate partnerships with educational institutions, industry, and government. Serving the 50 states, Tribal Nations, U.S. territories, and insular areas, the PETE network includes more than 400 community, tribal, and technical colleges, representing one-third of America’s two year institutions. Business, industry, and governmental agency partnerships are integral to this network.
HMTRI partners with the Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST), administered by PETE. The CCCHST consists of 120 partners offering hazardous materials instruction (HAZWOPER and related Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.120) in most states of the nation. CCCHST uses a curriculum developed by HMTRI through a train-the-trainer model program. CCCHST instructors, prepared by PETE and HMTRI, annually train 10,000 workers, technicians, and supervisors to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during waste site clean-up, disaster site cleanup, Brownfields redevelopment, in the transportation of hazardous materials, and in the response to spills and releases of hazardous materials. CCCHST membership consists of community colleges partnered with business and industry, universities, and community-based organizations offering a response to the national training need for hazardous waste workers, disaster site workers, and emergency response personnel.