Responder Safety in the Face of Disaster: Lessons Learned from the BP Oil Spill

A paper published in the July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine examines NIOSH's role in protecting first responders following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in an effort to improve health monitoring and surveillance for workers responding to disasters. The article, “Protecting Workers in Large-Scale Emergency Responses: NIOSH Experience in the Deepwater Horizon Response,” describes NIOSH's activities following the disaster, including its cooperative efforts with the Unified Area Command, OSHA and other federal, state and local partners who worked to protect response workers. It also offers recommendations for the future. This analysis also builds on lessons learned from the 9/11 terrorist attack and Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Margaret M. Kitt and colleagues noted in the article that in the wake of the BP disaster, NIOSH played a key role in protecting first responders by providing technical guidance and communicating real-time information on the hazards.

Source : http://ehstoday.com/fire_emergencyresponse/news/responder-safety-lessons-bp-oil-spill-0722/

Kitt, M.M.; Decker, J. A.; Delaney, L.; Funk, R.; Halpin, J.; Tepper, A. ; Spahr, J.; Howard, J. Protecting Workers in Large-Scale Emergency Responses: NIOSH Experience in the Deepwater Horizon Response. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 53(7):711-715, July 2011.
 

 

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