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James Celenza

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James Celenza Trainer

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts from Queens College (CUNY) in New York

Master of Arts from Brown University in Rhode Island


James Celenza is currently director and previously, the Education/Technical Specialist for RICOSH.  He was project director and primary trainer for occupational health and safety educational programs under U.S. OSHA New Directions from 1984-86; and principal trainer for U.S. OSHA Susan Harwood training grant on ergonomics 1996-98 and the U.S. OSHA funded National COSH Vulnerable workers project 1999-current.

Mr. Celenza developed and conducted "New Worker" trainings for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Refugee Resettlement Program under a grant for the RI Department of Labor.  Mr. Celenza was also a trainer on lead hazard mitigation and asbestos abatement for the Asbestos & Environmental Resource Center, Community College of RI, and was a peer reviewer fro EPA's Model Worker Training program on lead abatement.  He is a principal trainer of a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant program to train hazardous waste workers and emergency responders under The New England Consortium (TNEC) UMass Lowell since 1990.

He has received AWARDS for training and education from:

  • Providence Fire Department, Fire Academy - Certificate of Appreciation - 1994
  • National Safety Council - Certificate of Appreciation - 1997
  • Institute for Labor Studies & Research, Special Recognition Award - 1998
  • Rhode Island Labor History Society - 2006
  • Rhode Island Department of Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - 2007