9:00 a.m.

The Compelling Need to Understand the Effects of Oil Spills on Human Health

  • Bernard D. Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh

  • Blanca Laffon, University of A Coruña

  • Edward B. Overton, Louisiana State University

9:45 a.m.

The Response of the Federal Government to Health Concerns

John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Session Objective: Identify and discuss the populations (e.g., fishermen and -women, clean-up workers, and residents of the affected communities) that are most vulnerable to, or at increased risks for, adverse health effects related to the oil spill. Examine potential routes of exposure in select populations. Explore special considerations in the development and implementation of population-monitoring activities.

10:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion. Taking Stock: Who Is at Risk and How Are They Exposed?

Moderator: Linda Rosenstock, University of California, Los Angeles

• Routes of Exposure and At-Risk Populations

Paul J. Lioy, Rutgers University

• Residents of Affected Regions: General and Special Populations

Maureen Y. Lichtveld, Tulane University

• Occupational Risks and Health Hazards: Workers and Volunteers

Scott Barnhart, University of Washington

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