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Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders - A Look at API's Recommended Practice 98 (AIHce EXP 2014 OnDemand)

Recorded at AIHce 2014
Earn 2 Contact Hours

Session Arranger: V. Garner, HSE, SWS Environmental
Session Moderator: D. DeBoo, Marathon Petroleum

This roundtable discussion is meant to outline the recommended practice released in August of 2013, which was developed by the American Petroleum Institute entitled “RP 98, Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders.” Typically, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a primary control measure employed during emergency response operations. PPE selection rise to the forefront of worker protection options when considering oil spill response activities due to inherent delays and feasibility issues involved in the implementation of effective engineering controls. Oil Spill Responders have been commonly witnessed being overprescribed PPE in an attempt to ensure both compliance and protection, a condition that may actually increase the risk of injury or illness. As industrial hygienists are commonly tasked with developing and implementing effective PPE programs, they must recognize that as a response control measure PPE is never a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Proper selection of PPE requires a risk assessment that takes into account many variables surrounding responders, working conditions, tasks and their associated hazards. Since oil spill response conditions change frequently and are varied tremendously in scope and application, a PPE selection procedure should be implemented, which assures PPE is best suited for particular jobs, responder discomfort and stress is minimized, waste is reduced, and responder efficiency is maintained. This roundtable will focus on the following four main topics:
-Hazards Associated with Oil Spill Response Operations
-Experiences and Lessons Learned in Implementing Personal Protective Equipment Programs during Oil Spill Response Operations
-Effective Job Hazard Analysis Process
-The development and contents of API’s Recommended Practice 98 Document

Presentations:
• Lessons Learned in Implementing Personal Protective Equipment Programs During Oil Spill Response Operations
     T. Jordan, OSHA
• Hazards Associated with Oil Spill Response Operations
     C. Muzzy, MSRC
• Effective Job Hazard Analysis Process
     L. Weems, CTEH
• The Development and Content of API’s RP 98 Document
     J. Husum, BP America

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