The Gulf Oil Spill: The Environmental Impact
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon on April 2010 and the consequent Gulf Oil Spill has raised many public health questions. Will the oil make me sick? What could be in the air? Is the seafood that gets to market safe? Is it safe to go to the beach? In order to assess the public health effects, it's important to understand the components and characteristics of oil. This course will provide information about crude oil, weathered oil, and dispersants. Public health aspects related to exposure to air contaminants, seafood, beach advisories, and worker safety will also be discussed.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Describe the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill
- Describe the components of crude oil and its characteristics
- Give the characteristics of weathered oil and relate to health
- Explain how dispersants work on oil
- Describe public health actions related to exposure to air contaminants, seafood, beach advisories, and worker safety
LuAnn, White, PhD, DABT
Director, Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Public Health
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
New Orleans, LA
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing The Gulf Oil Spill: The Environmental Impact
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