IOM Paper on A Model to Estimate Dermal Exposure Among Oil Spill Response and Clean-up Workers

25.07.2019

IOM scientists Professor John Cherrie and Dr Anne Sleeuwenhoek have co-authored a paper entitled "GuLF DREAM: A Model to Estimate Dermal Exposure Among Oil Spill Response and Clean-up Workers" published in The Annals of Work Exposures and Health

Tens of thousands of individuals performed oil spill response and clean-up (OSRC) activities following the ‘Deepwater Horizon’ oil drilling rig explosion in 2010. Many were exposed to oil residues and dispersants. The US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences assembled a cohort of nearly 33 000 workers to investigate potential adverse health effects of oil spill exposures. Estimates of dermal and inhalation exposure are required for those individuals. Ambient breathing-zone measurements taken at the time of the spill were used to estimate inhalation exposures for participants in the GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study), but no dermal measurements were collected. Consequently, a modelling approach was used to estimate dermal exposures. We sought to modify DREAM (DeRmal Exposure Assessment Method) to optimize the model for assessing exposure to various oil spill-related substances and to incorporate advances in dermal exposure research. Each DREAM parameter was reviewed in the context of literature published since 2000 and modified where appropriate. To reflect the environment in which the OSRC work took place, the model treatment of evaporation was expanded to include vapour pressure and wind speed, and the effect of seawater on exposure was added. The modified model is called GuLF DREAM and exposure is estimated in GuLF DREAM units (GDU). 

The full text of the paper is available here.

  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @SadiqKhan: With one month to go until our biggest ever #CarFreeDay, I want Londoners to imagine what our city would be like without car…
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @ISMA_UK: The ISMA UK Stress & Wellbeing News Daily is out! https://t.co/nNxJOMEncD Stories via @informingchoice @F_Monaco @callcentrehe
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @EU_OSHA: #Benzaldehyde is an oil that is used to give cosmetics an almond scent, however it can be hazardous if in contact with the eye…
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @MHScot: Line managers are in the best position to notice subtle changes in an employee’s performance, behaviour & attitude. With the ri…
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @SciFoodHealth: Great to see Elena Biagi & Simone Rampelli, two of our #CIRCLESEU researchers, sharing their love for microbes publicly…
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @claire_horwell: Anyone who went to the Cities on Volcanoes 10 conference and didn't get a copy of the abstract volume, you can download…
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    RT @pphsjournal: 70% of workers on large UK #construction sites haven't been trained on the dangers of solar radiation exposure and #skinca
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    The Earlybird rate for our @BOHSworld W503 - Noise - Measurement and Its Effects five-day training course is comin… https://t.co/EcUqeEEot3
  • IOMworld Posted: 2 days ago
    Since 1995 IOM has been recognised as an official World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborating centre for Occupati… https://t.co/fjay1QE7qX
  • IOMworld Posted: 3 days ago
    RT @IOMworld: IOM–Lift-off to splashdown the last 50 years. Our latest blog post looks at the similarities between the @NASA #Moon Landings…
  • Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, please use the attached form and we will get back to you. Alternatively, call or write to us at our Head Office in Edinburgh or one of our regional offices.

Our office hours are: 

Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.15pm

Our head office numbers is +44 (0)131 449 8000

Email: info@iom-world.org