Oil Spill Workers vs. Black Widows and Brown Recluse Spiders

Jun 9, 2010, 15:53 PM by User Not Found

Source: http://blog.msdsonline.com

Black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, fire ants, poisonous plants and snake bites are the stuff of nightmares and just a few of the many hazards workers involved in the oil spill clean-up will face.

While much attention has been given to worker's exposure to hazardous chemicals, and rightly so, OSHA's list of potential dangers for oil spill workers contains many other hazards workers and employers should consider:

  • Heat Stress
  • Crude Oil
  • Snakes, Insects, and Rodents
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Drowning
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Emergency Response and Shoreline Cleanup
  • Boat and Vessel Safety
  • Ergonomic Stresses
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory Protection