Dating oil rig workers
One of the most serious health hazards facing those involved in the Gulf Oil Spill Response is heat stress.There have already been over 100 incidents of illnesses from heat among workers involved in the cleanup, some very serious.I will therefore focus my remarks today on OSHA's efforts to keep workers safe during oil spill cleanup activities.
Emphasis is placed on ensuring workers are trained in a language and vocabulary they understand.Many of these workers also face exposure to crude oil, oil byproducts, dispersants, cleaning products, and other chemicals being used in the cleanup process.OSHA is working to ensure that employers protect workers from this vast array of hazards.Section (4)(b)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act preempts OSHA from enforcing its regulations if a working condition is regulated by another agency of the Federal government.Thus, even though OSHA has some authority over OCS lands, because the Coast Guard has extensive regulations that apply to these facilities and coordinates its inspection program with the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to ensure that the USCG workplace safety requirements are carried out, OSHA has no regulatory or enforcement authority on oil drilling rigs or production platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf.
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The FOSC and OSHA will share relevant information with each other to promote worksite safety in the Deepwater Horizon Response, including information provided by workers, local government officials or any other person.