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Gulf Oil Spill 2010: Worker Safety

Oil spill response workers may be exposed to many different chemical, physical, and biological hazards depending on the type and stage of response, and the workers’ specific tasks. CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is working to provide recommendations to workers about chemical exposures, physical hazards and biological hazards they may encounter.

NIOSH is drawing on experience gained in 1989, when it conducted a health hazard evaluation during the cleanup of more than 10 million gallons of oil spilled in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

NIOSH is working closely with other agencies such as NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), which has developed an awareness-level health and safety resource for personnel participating in an oil spill response and cleanup.

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