DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE
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NIOSH Interim Respiratory Protection Recommendations for Deepwater Horizon Response Workers
|Location||Hazard Identification||Respirator Needed?||Recommended Type|
Near damaged well
|VOCs*, crude oil, dispersant||When: |
|VOCs, smoke, soot, partially oxidized fuel, metals (V, Cr, Ni); CO, CO2, and NOx; Fire hazards||When: |
Not burning oil
|Shoreline and marsh||Oil mist, tar and surface contamination||When: |
|Decontamination of PPE, vessels, and equipment (e.g., booms)||Oil mist, tar and surface contamination||When: |
|Decontamination of Wildlife||Spray from struggling birds; ammonia, injury hazards from pecking and talon scratches; VOCs||When: |
SOURCE: NIOSH/OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Deepwater Horizon Workers and Volunteers, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/oilspillresponse/protecting/.
*Abbreviations: CO = carbon monoxide; CO2 = carbon dioxide; Cr = chromium; HE = high efficiency; Ni = nickel; NOx = oxides of nitrogen (e.g. nitric oxide or nitrogen dioxide); OV = organic vapor; P100 = NIOSH-approved particulate filtering respirator that is strongly resistant to oil and filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles; PAPR=Powered Air-Purifying Respirator; PPE = personal protective equipment; V = vanadium; VOCs = volatile organic compounds.
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