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.
Employers have responsibilities and workers have rights under the OSH Act.
At the end of this awareness-level training you will be able to:
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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1. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (June 2010, v7). Safety and Health Awareness for Oil Spill Cleanup Workers. Retrieved from: www.osha.gov/Publications/Oil_Spill_Booklet_05.11_v4.pdf
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014a). OSHA’s Efforts to Protect Workers Cleaning Up Oil Spills. Retrieved from:www.osha.gov/oilspills/index.html
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014b). Oil Response Training Requirements. Retrieved from: www.osha.gov/oilspills/training.html
4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014c). General Health and Safety Information for the Gulf Oil Spill. Retrieved from: www.osha.gov/oilspills/deepwater-oil-spill-factsheet-ppe.pdf
5. Environmental Protection Agency (2014). Emergency Response Techniques to Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Techniques. Retrieved from: www2.epa.gov/emergency-response/epas-response-techniques# response%20to%20hazardous%20substance%20releases