Oil Spill Cleanup



Oil spill cleanup workers can face potential hazards from oil byproducts, dispersants, detergents and degreasers. Drowning, heat illness and falls also pose hazards, as can encounters with insects, snakes and other wild species native to the impacted areas. In these situations, OSHA's goals include ensuring workers receive appropriate training and protective equipment. This course draws from information developed by National Institute of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as a health and safety resource for "skilled support personnel" who will participate in an oil spill response and cleanup.


  • Introduction to Oil Spill Cleanup
  • What is an Oil Spill?
  • Affects on the Environment
  • Exposure to Toxic Components
  • Oil Spill Cleanup Equipment
  • Oil Spill Worker Safety and Health