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OSHA Activities during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Worker Rights

All workers involved in the oil spill response and cleanup have the right to a safe workplace just as they would in any other job. They are also protected if they are fired or in any way retaliated against for raising safety concerns to an employer, participating in safety and health activities or exercising their rights under the Act.

You have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The law requires that employers provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. OSHA sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or there are serious hazards. Contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) if you have questions or want to file a complaint. We will keep your information confidential. We are here to help you.

For more complete information on your rights, see the OSHA Worker Rights page.

BP Deepwater Horizon Incident Response Recordable Injury & Illness Data (PDF*)

See also, the Official Federal Portal for the Deepwater BP Oil Spill Response and Recovery RestoreTheGulf

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Labor Secretary, Hilda L. Solis, and OSHA Assistant Secretary, David Michaels, met with beach cleanup workers in Port Fourchon and discussed worker safety efforts with OSHA staff in Houma, La.

Contact OSHA at: 800-321-OSHA (6742) or at an OSHA Office

In Florida:   In Louisiana:   In Mississippi:   In Alabama:   In Texas:  
  Ft Lauderdale 954-424-0242   Baton Rouge 225-298-5458   Jackson 601-965-4606   Mobile 251-441-6131   Corpus Christi 361-888-3420
  Jacksonville 904-232-2895               Houston North 281-591-2438
  Tampa 813-626-1177               Houston South 281-286-0583

Worker Protection Information

*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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