"I was supervisor over 60 men,

all young men and we worked in small crews

to make up our team.

 

I had seen inhalation monitors for oil exposures before August, 1989;

however, there never were any

for us or others like us

that I observed

during the time of using the inipol EAP 22 chemicals that we sprayed on the beaches."

*

 "By the way,

I tested positive for blood in my urine & had multiple blood testing done by the company during that week surrounding it.  Since that time, in recent years, I have asked for a copy of the blood work that was done.  I have never received it... then or now.  An attorney asked also, no reply from Exxon attorneys."  Seems to me that it was ordered by the court for Exxon to turn over to me my own blood work they did.  As of Thanksgiving, 2002 they have not done so, nor made any reply about it as far as I know.  The court did, however, at Exxon's petition, confiscate my Daily Logs and the pictures I had that showed the stitching in our rain suits and also in the back packs ... having dissolved."

Noteworthy:  This is the only product that had an Exxon Rep for each team of workers.  

They were on their own 'big' boat separate from the regular boats & workers... 

they didn't come on the beaches.  

They used the radio when they wanted info... 

and were rotated out quite frequently.  

Looks like the company had some idea how lethal this Inipol EAP 22 was... 

and that they protected their own men... or they think they did; time will tell.

Related info.... from  http://www.adn.com/evos/stories/T99032316.html

 - below quotes from Anchorage Daily News, May 13, 1999

 
Most exposure standards for toxins are written based on an eight-hour per day, 40 hour per week work schedule. The Alaska Health Project noted that spill workers were on the job 12 hours a day or more for two weeks solid. Exxon did not adjust allowable exposures to reflect the longer exposures, the nonprofit noted.

 

The monitoring Exxon did that summer was inadequate. For example, the company didn't test for excessive levels of Limonene, the active ingredient in De-Solv-it, the chemical cleaner used to wash workers' raincoats, boots and gloves. Limonene can cause skin inflammation and a type of asthma linked to chemical exposure, he said.

"Exxon and Veco people ... apparently regard it as not even worth thinking about, and so there are no measurements of the exposures to these materials," he said. "That's a major failure. This is not benign material."

* Solvents from Oil Spill Cleanup affect Health