I asked BP's press office for a comment on the reports
that clean-up workers are not permitted to wear respirators
on the job.
I received the response below. Having worn respirators
during hot weather and heavy labor, I can attest to the
reality of the breathing-restriction issue. It is also
possible that what they are cleaning off the beach has
in fact lost most of its volitiles.
>Yes, it's not true.
>Respirators are not generally required for shoreline clean up, the oil
>has weathered sufficiently for the most volatile components to have
>evaporated. Respirators are avaiable for workers if they want them -
>however health experts' advice (NIOSH, etc) is that they may well
>restrict breathing and cause problems during hard manual work and
>extreme heat conditions along the gulf coast, and are not recommended.
>Offshore the oil is fresher, and respirators are more likely to be
>required and used.
>From: J.H. Crawford [mailto:mailbox@...]
>Sent: 08 July 2010 15:13
>To: BP press office, London
>Subject: respirators in the Gulf of Mexico
>Do you wish to comment on reports from Keith Olbermann of MSNBC that
>clean-up workers are forbidden to wear protective respirators?
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>J.H. Crawford . Carfree Cities
>mailbox@... . http://www.carfree.com
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J.H. Crawford . Carfree Cities