In 2015 the most serious environmental mishaps in the history of California occurred when an oil pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara County, and spilled over 100,000 gallons of heavy oil into the Pacific Ocean. Much of the oil washed ashore along the coastline beaches and rocky areas. Responders, paid workers, and volunteers, participated in the clean-up efforts. Although provided with personal protective equipment, many workers still complained of various health issues as a result of handling and being exposed to this crude oil. Along with the Santa Barbara spill and the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010, there have been a number of natural disasters, wild fires, earthquakes, and terrorist events in the last 10 years in the U.S. that have placed responders at risk. The topic for your paper will be “Occupational Health Hazards Associated with Emergency Responders”. Select one event requiring emergency response that has occurred in the U.S. within the past 10 years. In the paper you will:
1. Indicate which disaster or event you have chosen and briefly explain what happened and when.
2. Explain what the overall occupational health issues are concerning emergency responders pertinent to this disaster or event (may include history, types of hazards, statistics on number of illnesses, etc.).
3. Discuss in more detail one of the health hazards associated with response to that chosen disaster/event.
4. Discuss what U.S. federal safety and health regulations would be or are applicable to this hazard concerning responders.
5. If desired, provide your opinion (political or otherwise) on this topic.
Paper assignments are to be printed and double spaced, with a one-inch margin on all sides of the paper and set in a standard, traditional font (Arial or Times New Roman) at a 12-pitch font size.
Your paper should be no shorter than 5 double-spaced pages.
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