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Spill Response Resource Links

Quick Tips #369

The April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the largest spill on record to date. This catastrophe skyrocketed the topic of spill response to the forefront of the public eye. Nationwide media coverage has drawn attention to this issue. However, there have always been spills of varying sizes, ranging from a small workplace spill to a larger spill on a highway or railroad. It is important to be aware of the requirements for response, coordination and cleanup.

Laws enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are essential to help secure the safety of our most valuable environmental resources as well as ensuring the safety of those whose job it is to respond and clean up in the event of a spill. It is important to know where information can be found when a spill of any size happens—even the smallest spill can have significant impact.

Below are some resource links to help with spill response.

Spill Response Resource and References

Spill Control Supplies

Quick Tips #146: Emergency Spill Response

Quick Tips #147: Spill Cleanup: Assessing Your Needs and Choosing the Right Sorbents

Quick Tips #243: PPE for Spill Cleanup

Quick Tips #317: Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans, 40 CFR 112

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

OSHA Fact Sheet - Deep Water Oil Spills

DuPont Oil garments

Audio tutorial for DuPont Oil Garments

3M PPE for Spill Response

(Rev. 1/2012)

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Please Note:
The content in this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific compliance questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.

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