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Course 906 - Oil Spill Cleanup

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Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. Just click on the course "Modules" tab above to get started. It take about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the quiz.
  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5-10 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.
  3. If you have questions as you study, just send us an email.

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  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 20 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

OK, Let's go!

Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.



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.

Go to the first module!

To begin your online study, just click on the "Modules" link above. To study off-line, click on the "Study Guide" link above and download the PDF study guide. Download Adobe Reader to open the study guide. The study guide is for your personal use only.


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

Course 906 Final Exam

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

If you have already paid for a Certificate Program

If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the course. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.

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You are welcome to take all of our courses for free! We only charge a fee if you want certificates, transcripts and exam scores to document your training. If you have not made a payment for your certificate, we will archive your exam results and you will see "Completed!" next to the course if you passed the exam. If you did not pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher, you will need to retake the exam.

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Course 906 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.


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

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014b). Oil Response Training Requirements. Retrieved from:

4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014c). General Health and Safety Information for the Gulf Oil Spill. Retrieved from:

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