Exposure to Oil Spill Chemicals and Lung Function in Disaster Response Workers

SSS staff Matthew Curry, John McGrath, and W. Braxton Jackson II are among the coauthors of articles in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Epidemiology that describe a study to assess the relationship between total hydrocarbon exposures attributed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up work and lung function based on data from the Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study. While no differences in lung function were found between workers and nonworkers at 1–3 years following the disaster, lung function was reduced among decontamination workers and workers with high exposure to burning oil and gas compared with unexposed workers. Other authors of the articles include researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stewart Exposure Assessments, Exposure Assessment Applications, and the University of Utah and Intermountain Medical Center.

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