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Course 906 Certificate
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Modules: 6
Hours: 5
Sector: Oil and Gas

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Course 906 Oil Spill Cleanup

Key Topics

  • National Contingency Plan
  • Overview of the HAZWOPER Standard
  • Instruction for Oil Spill Cleanup Workers
  • What is an oil spill?
  • Hazardous Materials and HAZCOM
  • The 4 Types of Oil
  • Crude Oil Characteristics
  • Health Hazards and Exposure
  • Weathered Crude Oil and Tarballs
  • Exposure to Toxic Components
  • Environmental and Habitat Damage
  • Hazardous Chemical Health Risks
  • Oil Spill Cleanup Equipment
  • Containment Booms and Oil Skimmers
  • Vacuums and Centrifuges
  • Bioremediation
  • Controlled Burning
  • Protecting Cleanup Workers
  • Hazards of Heat Stress
  • Dehydration and Fatique
  • Respiratory Protection

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




Oil spill cleanup workers can face potential hazards from oil byproducts, dispersants, detergents and degreasers. Drowning, heat illness and falls also pose hazards, as can encounters with insects, snakes and other wild species native to the impacted areas. In these situations, OSHA's goals include ensuring workers receive appropriate training and protective equipment. This course draws from information developed by National Institute of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as a health and safety resource for "skilled support personnel" who will participate in an oil spill response and cleanup.

Employer Responsibilities and Worker Rights

Employers have responsibilities and workers have rights under the OSH Act.

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires that employers provide a safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards. Employers must also provide training and required protective equipment.
  • Workers must follow the employer's safety and health rules that comply with OSHA standards and wear or use all required gear and equipment. Workers are encouraged to report hazardous conditions to a supervisor and report hazardous conditions to OSHA if employers do not fix them.

At the end of this awareness-level training you will be able to:

  • Explain what an oil spill is
  • Describe the characteristics of a spill response
  • Describe how to identify and control hazards during the response and cleanup phases of an oil spill

Advanced/Additional Training Required

  • This training course does not replace any additional duty specific training or PPE specific training requirements.
  • Regardless of work scope, many topics covered in this awareness-level training have corresponding OSHA standards. Such standards must be met in order to safely and legally perform associated job duties.
  • Cleanup workers should always stop what they are doing and ask questions if they have doubts about the safety of an activity. Be sure you are safe before continuing.
  • Contact the NIEHS National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training (202-331-7733) for information regarding advanced training for an oil spill response.

Special thanks goes out to OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the content and images within this course.

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To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Introduction to Oil Spill Cleanup
  2. What is an Oil Spill?
  3. Affects on the Environment
  4. Exposure to Toxic Components
  5. Oil Spill Cleanup Equipment
  6. Oil Spill Worker Safety and Health

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Course 906 Final Exam

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1. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (June 2010, v7). Safety and Health Awareness for Oil Spill Cleanup Workers. Retrieved from:

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014a). OSHA’s Efforts to Protect Workers Cleaning Up Oil Spills. Retrieved from://

3. Environmental Protection Agency (2014). Emergency Response Techniques to Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Techniques. Retrieved from: response%20to%20hazardous%20substance%20releases