DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE
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Summary of Potential Hazards to Deepwater Horizon Response Workers
|Potential Hazard||Risk Assessment||Evaluation Criteria||Recommendation|
|Cardiovascular Disease||Pre-placement physical: BMI*, BP, pulse||Physician’s evaluation||For excess risk, assign to light duty, low demands, air conditioned environment|
|Heat Stress||Temperature, humidity, work load||Health surveillance||Training program, acclimatization, monitored hydration, work-rest regimen|
|Traumatic Incident Stress||Mental and emotional health||Physical complaints, thinking problems, changes in behavior, mood, irritability||Maintain adequate nutrition, hydration, rest; work in pairs to look out for buddy|
|Fatigue||Work hours and schedules||Management of hours worked||Shifts < 10 hours; 2 rest days after 3 12-hour shifts or 4 10-hour shifts or 5 8-hour shifts; frequent rest breaks|
|Chemicals||Air sampling, monitoring symptoms||OELs, reported symptoms, irritation||Organic vapor cartridge respirators, protective clothing, protective eyewear|
|Particulate||Air sampling, monitoring symptoms||OELs, visual observation, reported symptoms||P100 air-purifying respirators, protective eyewear|
|Odor||Sense of smell||Workers bothered by odors||Voluntary use of carbon-impregnated P95 filtering facepiece respirator|
* Abbreviations: BMI = body mass index; BP = blood pressure; OELs = occupational exposure limits; P95 = NIOSH-approved particulate filtering respirator that is strongly resistant to oil and filters at least 95% of airborne particles; P100 = NIOSH-approved particulate filtering respirator that is strongly resistant to oil and filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles.