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Gulf Oil Spill
Fri July 2, 2010
Respirators Recommended For Some Oil Cleanup Workers
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – The Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been reviewing test results on air samples taken in the response area.
They looked at levels of exposure to oil, chemical dispersants and other hazardous material. OSHA Regional Administrator Cindy Coe met with clean-up workers this week in Venice.
She says some workers were worried about the smoke that billows off oil burned at the surface.
"There was concern enough about the plume shifting and the vessels' ability to get out of the way expediently enough that we are asking BP to roll those vessel operators and crew into the respiratory-protection program and provide then with respirators in the event that they need them."
She says beach workers and other will not need to use respirators. Coe says their biggest concern now comes from the heat. Beach workers need to rest for 40 minutes for every 20 they spend collecting oil off the sand. She says tests are being done to find light fabric suitable for protective clothing.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming