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[video] Flaws found in requirements for Gulf responders

Author: Interview by Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC [USA], Published on: 16 June 2010

…[An] alarming report tonight that Gulf cleanup workers need receive only four hours of training… A specialist in occupational safety tell[s] the investigative journalism website ProPublica.org he does not think adequate training can be achieved in only four hours’ time… Let’s turn now to Monique Harden of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights…: “…BP, with the approval of our government, has placed expediency over health protection. The most critical part of safety training is learning how to protect your health and your body from toxic exposure… In this case we have folks who don’t have adequate training, and…it really jeopardizes their health… I serve on a small community foundation that has been making emergency grants that enable local groups to purchase respirators and protective gear…[for] people in the Gulf who are involved in the cleanup. What we have been told by folks who are involved in the cleanup work is that when they have come to the job site wearing their respirators and protective gear that they have been provided, they were told by BP representatives that they would be terminated from employment and that they had to get rid of them.”

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Related companies: BP