J Occup Environ Hyg 2011 Jun; 8(6):D43-D50
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a health hazard evaluation (HHE) of Deepwater Horizon Response workers in response to a request submitted by BP management on May 28, 2010. The NIOSH HHE addressed numerous potential worker exposures on land; at the land-water interface; and with a variety of vessels carrying out oil release response activities on, in, and beneath the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This case study reports the NIOSH worker exposure assessment completed for workers aboard two main vessels working to contain, control, and ultimately stop the release of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from the damaged blow out preventer (BOP) at the site of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon (MC) 252 Well No. 1 oil release. This assessment was part of a series of requests from BP concerning workers involved in the response. NIOSH evaluated exposures of workers closest to the oil release, at the source, on June 21-23, 2010.
Airborne-particles; Air-sampling; Case-studies; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Quantitative-analysis; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Sampling-methods; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Steven H. Ahrenholz, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIOSH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, HETAB, Mailstop R-9, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene