BOX D-1

Categories of Questions and Comments Submitted to the Institute of Medicine During the Workshop Assessing the Human Health Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Category

Sub-Categories

Populations at Risk

On- and Offshore Workers

Residents

Vulnerable Populations

Exposure

Contaminated Sources

Contaminants

Health Effects

Physical

Mental

Social

Data Collection

Sources

Integrity

Research and Analysis

Measured Outcomes

Design

Ethics and Litigation

Community Engagement

Risk Communication

Research Development and Participation

Coordination

Research Activities

Disaster Response

Action

Preventive Measures

Available Resources

Populations at Risk

On- and Offshore Workers

One comment stated that offshore workers are at greatest risk for exposure because they work directly with oil closest to the source. Proximity increases the risk of contact with the oil through multiple routes of exposure, including inhalation, dermal contact, and ingestion. Another comment also noted that the worker population also includes members of the military and volunteers.



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