OSHA's Efforts to Protect Workers
"OSHA has stationed safety and health professionals throughout the Gulf Region who visit worksites every day to protect oil response cleanup workers
from health and safety hazards. OSHA staff is evaluating the safety at worksites around the Gulf, covering the vessels of opportunity, beach cleanup,
staging areas, decontamination, distribution and deployment sites. When OSHA finds problems or learns about them from workers, it immediately brings
them to the attention of BP and ensures that they are corrected. OSHA also raises its concerns through the Unified Command so they are addressed
across the entire response area. OSHA is also ensuring that workers are provided, free of charge, appropriate personal protective equipment such as
boots, gloves and other protective equipment.
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals. To ensure that workers are not exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals, OSHA is conducting its own independent air
monitoring both on shore and on the cleanup vessels and is reviewing data from BP, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At this time, OSHA has identified no exposures that exceed any of the most up-to-date standards for hazardous
chemicals. See more information on OSHA's sampling strategy, detailed findings
In order to keep track of whether or not workers are getting sick, it is extremely important that OSHA, NIOSH and other federal agencies receive
accurate reports on any symptoms or illnesses suffered by workers. So far, more than half of cleanup worker injuries and illnesses required only first
aid treatment. The most common injuries onshore and offshore are cuts and bruises, as well as insect bites/stings for onshore workers and sprains for
those working offshore. The most common illness is heat stress. See the full NIOSH Report or the BP Deepwater Horizon Recordable Injury and Illness
Set forth below is recordable injury and illness data for the Unified Command response to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico incident. Response
workers have had both non-recordable first aid cases and recordable injuries and illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
regulations concerning recordability found at 29 CFR Part 1904 were followed in determining whether an injury or illness was considered to be
recordable or a first aid case. This data covers the time frame from the beginning of the response on April 22, 2010 up to the present. Some of the
incidents represented by the data below are still being investigated and are subject to future changes.
The Unified Command will update this data when additional information becomes available. At this time the Deepwater Horizon response is being managed
out of the following locations:New Orleans, Louisiana, Houma, Louisiana, Houston and Mobile, Alabama. This data is reported separately for each of
these sites, and some of the injury and illness data below is presented for the sites individually.
This log covers occupational injuries and vehicle accidents that incident response workers have reported in the course of their work to respond to the
Deepwater Horizon incident. It does include reports by persons employed by local, state or federal government agencies. It does not include reports of
injuries arising during or from the incident."
Detailed stats here: www.osha.gov...
Full Health Hazard Evaluation Here:
NIOSH Report of BP Illness and Injury Data:
[edit on 6-7-2010 by manta78]