Worker Protection Information
OSHA is working with other Federal agencies involved in the response to the oil spill to monitor BP’s worker safety and health efforts. As part of that effort, OSHA’s safety and health professionals are visiting worksites across the Gulf, evaluating each job to identify the hazards and ensuring that BP and its contractors are giving their workers, free of charge, appropriate personal protective equipment such as boots, gloves and other protective equipment. OSHA and other federal agencies in the Gulf have created the following resources for workers. They provide information about oil spill response hazards and worker protection methods, and identify the things that BP and other employers involved in the response need to do to protect workers.
Job-Specific Worker Safety and Health Information Sheets
OSHA is also developing job-specific safety and health sheets to help workers understand the hazards that each job presents and what protections should be in place to keep them safe. They are grouped by where they occur: on land or on the water. As new sheets are finalized they will be added to this page. If new information about a specific job becomes available, recommendations for training, PPE, or other controls may change. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, check back often.
Each specific job sheet listed below provides a brief description of the task, the recognized hazards which may be present; required training, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), photos of appropriate work activities, and other information that may be helpful to workers.
- Cutting and Removing Oiled Plants
- Handling Boom at Tideline
- Handling Snare Boom
- High Pressure Cleaning
- Low Pressure Flushing
- Mechanical Sand Raking
- Medium Pressure Flushing
- On Applying Sorbents To Soak Up Oil
- Picking up Oiled Sorbent Material
- Scraping Oil from Hard Surfaces
- Removing Oiled Materials By Hand
- Tar Ball Removal
- Vacuuming and Skimming Oil Along the Shoreline
Additional Worker Safety and Health Publications
*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300 for assistance accessing PDF materials.
All other documents, that are not PDF materials or formatted for the web, are available as Microsoft Office® formats and videos and are noted accordingly. If additional assistance is needed with reading, reviewing or accessing these documents or any figures and illustrations, please also contact OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300.
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