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OSHA is working with other Federal agencies involved in the response to the oil spill to monitor BPs worker safety and health efforts. As part of that effort, OSHAs 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.


On-Shore Activities Off Shore Activities

Additional Worker Safety and Health Publications


Accessibility Assistance: Contact the OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

*These files are provided for downloading.