|Tell BP: Oil Cleanup Workers Need Respirators and Safety Training|
Nausea, vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain: these are just some of the identical symptoms reported by people working around BP’s oil in the Gulf Coast.1
More than 100 people in the Gulf have fallen ill from BP’s oil, and that doesn’t include untold numbers of workers hiding their symptoms for fear of being fired by BP.2
Yet despite clear evidence of illness from exposure to oil and dispersants, BP refuses to provide respirators to people cleaning up its disaster. Why? Because BP is afraid of the PR impact from images of people wearing this critical safety equipment in pictures and on TV.3 BP even threatened to fire workers who choose to wear their own.4
This is ridiculous. No amount of good PR images for BP is worth the health and lives of people battling BP’s oil in the Gulf Coast.
We’ll make sure that your petition also goes to key government decision makers on the oil disaster and worker safety so they can take steps to protect cleanup workers in the Gulf.
BP’s oil disaster isn’t the first time in recent history that workers responding to a hazardous emergency have had their lungs – and lives – put at risk.
Just like after 9/11, we’re already seeing cleanup workers with serious health problems after exposure to toxic chemicals without adequate protection. If the government properly enforced its safety standards after 9/11, every person at Ground Zero would have worn a respirator that could have protected their health and saved their lives.5
With workers’ rights advocacy group American Rights at Work, we’re launching this petition to key decision makers in the oil disaster for a simple idea: any worker who wants safety equipment like breathing respirators should get it, and BP should pick up the tab. We can’t afford to fail our nation’s workers in yet another disaster.
Cleanup workers deserve the best protection possible from the nasty effects from BP’s oil. Paying for safety equipment for workers who want it is really the least BP should do for the people cleaning up its disaster.
The government agency responsible for overseeing worker safety – the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) – says that their tests showed respirators aren’t yet required for cleanup workers in the Gulf.6
While OSHA is still studying the air quality in the Gulf, it should be no coincidence that dozens of people working around BP’s oil disaster are falling ill with symptoms of chemical exposure to oil. Every worker needs access to the right respirators, training and safety equipment for protection from BP’s toxic stew in the Gulf.
In addition to sending our petition to BP, we’ll also send it to US Oil Disaster leader Thad Allen and government worker safety officials to make your voice heard by people who can make change happen. Click here to add your name to our call for BP to pay for respirators and safety equipment for cleanup workers:
Thanks for all you do to take on BP in its disaster.
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The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created an environmental disaster. Eleven people tragically lost their lives in the rig explosion and an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil or more a day are currently leaking from a broken drill pipe.
Families and businesses in coastal communities — including the fishing, seafood, and tourism industries — are bracing for the worst. The Gulf coast is also home to wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.
President Obama has acted quickly to help clean up the oil company’s mess. The Coast Guard, Homeland Security, Department of Interior, NOAA, EPA, Navy and Air Force have been working to contain the environmental damage since the explosion.
Leaders in Congress have launched a full inquiry. Getting answers from BP, Transocean and Halliburton is critical and will focus on: the cause of accident, the plan to stop the leak and ensuring clean up efforts are carried out to protect costal communities.
May 19th–would have been a historic day for millions of immigrant families. Today would have been the first day that undocumented parents would have been able to apply for DAPA. Today would have meant a reprieve from the threat of deportation and a giant step forward to keep immigrant families together. Instead, 26 anti-immigrant Republican Governors and Attorneys General decided to play politics with our families’ lives by filing a lawsuit blocking Expanded DACA and DAPA from moving forward.
While anti-immigrant Republicans claim that their lawsuit is about the legality of President Obama’s Executive Action, we know that what this is really about is denying relief and justice to immigrants and their families. But our families cannot wait any longer. Every day that relief is delayed is another day that our families live in fear of deportation.
We have no doubt that Republicans will try everything to deny our families justice. That is why we cannot give up or stop fighting.
Donna De La Cruz
Reform Immigration FOR America