NIOSH releases oil spill roster report
Washington – NIOSH on Dec. 12 issued a report (.pdf file) on its effort to establish a roster of workers assisting with the cleanup of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The roster was intended to create a record of cleanup workers, collect information on their projected work assignments and training, and establish a mechanism for contacting them about possible work-related illnesses or injuries, according to the report. NIOSH, which collected roster forms from more than 55,000 workers, said this is the first time a prospective, centralized roster has been developed for such a large event.
Roster data indicated most of the volunteers were from Gulf Coast states, male, English-speaking and contractors. While 32 percent reported taking the 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER course, about one-third lacked event-sponsored response training.
Rostering recommendations from the report include:
- Integrate rostering into response activities as soon as possible to ensure all workers are included.
- Have a ready-to-use roster form.
- Develop ways to encourage and facilitate employer participation.