Study Seeks BP Oil Spill Cleanup Participants
October 9th, 2012|
Oct. 9, 2012
Officials with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have stated that anyone who helped in the BP oil spill cleanup several years ago has until Dec. 31, 2012, to participate in a study gauging its health impact. An article from Al.com says the study will be the largest of its kind in history.
Approximately 35,000-40,000 individuals, whose role in the cleanup ranged from a day on the beach to weeks of spreading Corexit on the water, are expected to take part in the study. Researchers say the aim of the study is to determine if exposure to oil or chemicals during the cleanup process are potentially responsible for a Birmingham environmental injury or other health conditions.
These patients will have their physical and mental health monitored over a period of as much as 10-years to determine if cleanup of the oil spill can be linked to any emerging health conditions.
Subjects who are selected to take part will be subject to collection of blood, urine, hair, and toenail clippings. They are also expected to supply a sample of dust from the home as well as physical measurements like blood pressure.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who took part in the cleanup of the BP oil spill to look into participating in the research, as it could potentially save lives.