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Occupational safety and health of arctic disaster and oil spill response workers.

Conway G; Parker W; Burton J
Int J Circumpolar Health Suppl 2013 Aug; 72(Suppl 1):524
There is currently very little in the scientific literature on the topic of worker safety and health in oil spill response in the Arctic, other ice-covered waters, and in very cold surface environments. Instead, issues of detection, mechanical recovery, and the in-situ burning of oil products are the main areas of emphasis in Arctic oil spill response research. Therefore, the purpose of this project, approved by EPPR in Oslo, October 21, 2011, is to conduct research, develop guidelines, and recommend effective measures to prevent morbidity and mortality among oil spill response workers in the Arctic environment. This project will conduct research on oil spill response operations to identify the hazards that oil spill response workers may encounter, suggest strategies to either control or eliminate those hazards, and provide information to public health responders deployed to protect oil spill response workers. This international, collaborative project is intended to improve regional operational capabilities to protect Arctic oil spill response workers by providing information to enhance safety and health practices during an oil spill response. The information developed during this project will include preparedness tools that will assist governments and agencies in identifying and controlling hazards that may be encountered by workers responding to an oil spill in the Arctic. The primary output, intended as a supplement to the Arctic Council's ''Field Guide for Oil Spill Response in Arctic Waters'', and other EPPR preparedness and response products, will represent a significant contribution to the understanding and control of the unique hazards that exist to workers responding to an oil spill in the Arctic. The information will serve to guide operational planning and response by the indigenous peoples of the Arctic and the eight member nations of the Arctic Council.
Public-health; Health-services; Worker-health; Workers; Work-environment; Environmental-health; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Injuries; Health-protection; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Environmental-pollution; Environmental-contamination; Hazardous-waste-cleanup
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