KATRINA (Murphy Oil)
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters ever to affect the southern United States Gulf Coast area. The hurricane lifted and dislodged a 250,000 barrel above ground storage tank at a major refinery. At the time, the tank released approximately 25,110 barrels of crude oil. The released oil affected approximately 1,800 homes in an adjacent neighborhood.

CSERT Safety worked with Murhey Oil and The O’Brien’s Group, the incident management team, providing industrial hygiene and safety services to the project, including:

  • Safety bulletins to responders
  • Airborne chemical exposure monitoring
  • Engineering controls for noise
  • Site safety plan development, implementation, and coordination
  • Ensuring that the safety efforts were consistent among multiple sites
  • Occupational safety and health guidance and support to the Incident Commander, responders, and contract personnel
  • Site safety and health hazard assessment and monitoring personnel safety 12 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring the responder’s selection, use, decontamination, and distribution of PPE, including an assessment for a respiratory protection program