What are your program’s training needs?

September 12th, 2012 by

During the GLRPPR meeting last month, attendees discussed regional training needs, sector or chemical specific issues, and emerging trends in pollution prevention technical assistance. The following trends emerged:

Training

  • Basic principles of P2 as applied to doing technical P2 assessments; focus must be on hands-on; audience would include students, consultants, businesses, TAPs
  • Green chemistry, particularly product substitution; it’s the right thing to do, and green chemistry and other P2 approaches can help a business avoid regulations
  • Front-line worker P2 training as is done by Purdue – P2 is for everyone!
  • EMS for small businesses; ISO 14000 is out of reach for many businesses wanting to do the right thing

Emerging Trends

  • P2 is getting more complex, including more multi-media  – more direct field support is needed as well as follow-up, longer term commitments by TAPs and inter-organizational partnerships and coordination
  • Recipients of the technical assistance are wearing more hats, particularly in economic down times
  • Work needs to get from the lab to the field and successes defused to other P2 TAPs and industry

Sector-specific issues
We got little agreement on this, and a number of states did not respond.

We want to know: What are the most important training needs for your program? What emerging trends do you see in the pollution prevention technical assistance field? Are there sector or chemical specific issues that you need assistance with? Leave your thoughts in the comments. I’m planning to use this information to develop future GLRPPR sponsored webinars and training opportunities.

One Response to “What are your program’s training needs?”

  1. pstrong Says:

    Our P2 team met with Christine Anderson and Bri Bill of EPA Region 5 on Friday, 9/14.
    Our conversation did include further discussion of these questions.

    What technical or programmatic areas do you need training to better assist you and your customers (recipients of technical assistance)?
    Training in TRI changes for P2 program – A lot of new work has been done to make TRI data more accessible and open to queries. P2 folks could benefit from training.
    Training in Alternatives Assessment – We have had many webinars. We are looking for something more like a boot camp, e.g. 2, 3, or 4 day training with a company host

    What sector-specific issues (e.g., specific manufacturing processes, or chemicals – product substitution candidates) regularly arise in your technical assistance work?
    Mark Snyder talked about the work of Bob Lundquist of MnTAP to build a relational data base and his own data analysis to highlight possible sector targets. A summary sheet of Mark’s sector analysis to date has been emailed to Bri Bill and Christine Anderson, EPA Region 5. Mark highlighted chemicals listed by NPPR and Minnesota Department of Health as Priority Chemicals and the industry sectors reporting them.
    These following chemicals overlap as Priority Chemicals on both lists; their reporting industries are described.
    Formaldehyde – ethanol manufacturing, reconstituted wood product facilities, pulp mill, fabric coating facility, abrasive products facility, a pair of miscellaneous chemical manufacturers
    BPA – paint and coating manufacturer
    Phthalates – Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – custom compounding of purchased resins facility
    Lead – printed circuit boards, printed circuit assemblies, other similar electronics manufacturers, fabricated metal and machinery manufacturers and foundries
    Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) – deca – 1 printed circuit assemblies facility, 1 current-carrying wiring devices facility, 1 unlaminated plastics film and sheet (except packaging) facility, 1 custom compounding of purchased resins facility, 1 miscellaneous plastic products manufacturer
    Cadmium – TRI reportable, but none reported in MN
    Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) – not TRI reportable

    What emerging trends do you see that affect P2 technical assistance now and in the future?
    We see a push to Green Chemistry. We see a push for more product focused work as opposed to process focused work. This product focus is reflective of the Green Chemistry focus. Consumer interest is doing a lot of the pushing to Green Chemistry.

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