NIOSH report of Deepwater Horizon Response/Unfied Area Commpand illness and injury data (April 23 – July 27, 2010)
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NIOSH report of Deepwater Horizon Response/Unfied Area Commpand illness and injury data (April 23 – July 27, 2010)

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      This report is designed to provide a basic overview of illness and injuries recorded by Unified Area Command (UAC) safety officials that occurred to workers involved in the Deepwater Horizon response. Injuries and illnesses were coded and categorized utilizing the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS). This report will be updated on a regular basis as new data becomes available. The data used to produce this report were provided to NIOSH by UAC safety officials, who are sharing their health and safety incidents database with CDC/NIOSH. The database is comprised of the information recorded by UAC safety officials on an incident form that is filled out for any event leading to injury or illness which was believed to be work-related. It includes incidents which occurred to BP employees, UAC contracted workers, federal/state/local responders, and volunteers. There may be some local (parish) workers involved in response efforts who do not fall under the supervision of the Unified Area Command, and thus would not be included in this database. The incident forms are filled out by UAC safety officials, as opposed to healthcare personnel, and do not contain strict medical diagnoses of injury or illness. This method of employer-generated data collection is standard occupational safety and health practice. It should be noted that because the data used for this report are being collected by UAC, NIOSH cannot independently verify the accuracy and completeness of the database.

      NIOSH is producing this report of illness and injuries to promote public health through enhanced awareness of the risks associated with response work in the Gulf. The objective of this report is to provide actionable information to those in a position to reduce the risk of future injuries and illnesses among cleanup workers, such as UAC, OSHA, state and local health authorities and others. By pointing to patterns of injury and/or illness, this report may assist interested parties in identifying targets for training, intervention, and other prevention activities. NIOSH welcomes your feedback on the utility of this report and suggestions for future reports. Additional information about specific occupational risks will be reported by NIOSH through health hazard evaluations which will be conducted independently by NIOSH personnel in the field.

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