NIOSH report of BP illness and injury data (April 23 – June 20, 2010)
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NIOSH report of BP illness and injury data (April 23 – June 20, 2010)

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    This report is designed to provide a basic overview of illness and injuries recorded by BP 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 Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS). It will be updated on a regular basis as new data becomes available. The data used to produce this report was provided to NIOSH by BP safety officials, who are sharing their health and safety incidents database with CDC-NIOSH. The database is comprised of the information recorded by BP safety officials on an incident form which is filled out for any incident which led to a work-related illness or injury. It includes incidents which occurred to BP employees, BP 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 BP 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. BP is sharing the information for each incident, but the data it provides to NIOSH does not include the names of the BP employees, contract workers and volunteers. In addition, since the data is being collected by BP, NIOSH cannot independently verify the accuracy and completeness of the data.

    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 BP, 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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