Worker training in a new era: responding to new threats. Report of Conference in Baltimore, Maryland October 26-27, 2002.
On October 26 and 27, 2002 the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Health and Safety held a conference on worker health and safety training in Baltimore, Maryland. The goal of the conference was to identify worker health and safety training needs for various industrial sectors related to weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and explosives (CBRNE). More than 200 attendees, many of them experts in worker training, CBRNE, public policy, or emergency response, participated in the conference. Speakers and participants were asked to address the following two central questions: (1) What skills and knowledge are common to all workers who might be exposed to terrorist threats from CBRNE? (2) What skills and knowledge are relevant to these threats specific to workers in different sectors? In addition, participants were also asked about the kinds of training methods that would be useful to impart these skills and knowledge. Conference participants identified several elements of training common to a wide range of workers at all organizational levels in different industries that could form the basis of a core curriculum.