Apr 14 2011 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
UM Risk Science Unplugged presents: Gulf Oil
School of Public Health I Room 1755 - 1415 Washington Hts

Sponsored by: UM SPH Risk Science Center
Moderated by: Andrew Maynard, U-M Risk Science Center

  • Donald Winter, Chair, National Academies Gulf Oil Spill committee
  • Margaret Kitt, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Deputy Director
  • Richard Kwok, Lead Associate Investigator for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Gulf study

On April 20 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig experienced catastrophic failure, leading to the largest oil spill in marine history. Twelve months on, how is the spill affecting the health of workers and local residents, what are the lessons that can be learned for the future, and what are the implications for the health impacts of oil spills elsewhere – including last year’s Enbridge spill in Michigan?

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the short and long term health impacts of the oil spill on workers, clean-up crews and local communities?
  • How much did we know about the health risks of oil spills before Deepwater Horizon, and to what extent has this been a wakeup call to get our act together?
  • As pressures mount to increase domestic oil production, how can regulators and businesses ensure the health and safety of workers and local communities

About the Risk Science Unplugged series of events: Hosted by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, Risk Science Unplugged engages leading experts in conversation on key issues at the intersection between risk and human health. Combining live discussion with on-line resources, the series presents a candid and informed exploration of contemporary issues in risk science. No PowerPoint, no script: just stimulating conversation.

The event will be webcast. More Information: http://www.sph.umich.edu/riskcenter/index.htm