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Oil Spill Tools *
Spill Response Guidance Publications
Spill Response Software
Chemical Incident Software
CBRN / Homeland Defence Software
* The first four of the Spill Response Tools listed below are unfortunately not currently available at present and the links have therefore been removed. It is hoped that it will soon be possible to restore the links for accessing these useful tools.

Boom Deployment Calculator *
A tool that performs the calculations required for the effective deployment of containment booms.
Conversion Calculator *
A powerful conversion tool with responder specific categories, such as Volume to Weight and Application Rates, in addition to hundreds of standard units.
Oil on Water Quantification Calculator *
The Responder Toolkit, 'Oil on Water Quantification Calculator', is a user friendly interactive program that can calculate oil volume on the sea surface.

Oil on Water Trajectory Calculator *
The Responder Toolkit, 'Oil on Water Trajectory Calculator', is a user friendly interactive program that performs the calculations required to predict the movement of oil on the sea surface
Amount of Product in Soil Calculator
Contributed by Kenny Salmon. To download this item, click HERE
Pipeline Volume Calculator
Contributed by Kenny Salmon. To download this item, click HERE

This section includes free downloads available from CEDRE, IPIECA, ITOPF, REMPEC, US EPA, EMSA and NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. Scroll down to see the available documents.
CEDRE - Centre de Documentation de Recherche et d'Expérimentations sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux
The following publications, in alphabetical order, can be downloaded from the CEDRE website at http://www.cedre.fr/en/publication/guides/index.php
Aerial Observation of Oil Pollution at Sea

Containers and Packages lost at Sea

Ecological Monitoring of Accidental Water Pollution – Operational Guide

Oil Spill Waste Management

Response to Small Scale Pollution in Ports and Harbours

Surveying Sites Polluted by Oil

Use of Sorbents for Spill Response

Using Dispersant to treat Oil Slicks at Sea – Airborne and Ship-borne Treatment

Vegetable Oil Spills at Sea

IPIECA – International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association
Publications in English language can be accessed from the IPIECA library by clicking HERE
Individual publications are listed below in descending order of publication date. To access publications in other languages use the link to the IPIECA library given above, select the publication you want and use the drop-down language menu.
Improving social and environmental performance: good practice guidance for the oil and gas industry. (April 2010)
This guide provides a summary of all of IPIECA's good practice publications.
Download PDF (English, 4.59 MB)

Oil spill preparedness and response report series summary. (December2008) This summary publication brings together the complete Oil spill report series under one cover. It provides a complete overview of issues that can be referenced in the preparation for, and response to, oil spills at sea. The core content of this publication is made up of report summaries which reference the full report series.
Download PDF (English, 4.14 MB)

Oil spill compensation. (May 2007)
The purpose of this guide, produced jointly with ITOPF, is to provide a summary of the fundamental features of the two conventions, and to provide a basis on which tanker owners, oil companies and other interested parties can promote their ratification by all coastal states. The guide comprises an explanatory text and a series of answers to commonly asked questions.
Download PDF (English, 721.11 KB)

Guide to tiered preparedness and response (February 2007)
This guide, Volume 14 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, describes the principles of tiered preparedness and response, and provides guidance on designing and building oil spill response capabilities. Following these principles will assist in the development of suitable capabilities commensurate with the oil spill risk at the local, regional, national and international levels.
Download PDF (English, 886.03 KB)

Partnerships in the oil and gas industry (April 2006)
This publication communicates how the oil and gas industry is using partnerships to respond to challenges of meeting global energy demand and to contribute to sustainable development. The publication explores the partnering process through challenges and lessons learned identified by IPIECA members and their partners in the forty case studies featured.
Download PDF (English, 11.01 MB)

Guidelines for oil spill waste minimization and management (February 2004)
The aim of this document, Volume 12 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, is to highlight waste management issues related to oil spill clean-up. It outlines the sources of waste, how the waste should be collected, the storage considerations and the disposal options available. Case studies are used to demonstrate the importance of learning from past incidents. This document follows the progress of the waste through each stage as demonstrated in a waste management model.
Download PDF (English, 1.47 MB)

A guide to oiled wildlife response planning (January 2004)
This guide, Volume 13 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, provides an overview of the different components of oiled wildlife response. Accidental oil spills, including oil tanker spills, non-tanker ship spills, pipelines, oil production platforms and tank farms, may cause serious problems for coastal and marine wildlife, especially birds, mammals and reptiles. An adequate assessment of environmental impacts, will depend on a comprehensive wildlife response plan
Download PDF (English, 1.17 MB)

Oil spill responder safety guide (September 2002)
When an oil spill occurs, the issue of Health and Safety is of critical concern, and should form the cornerstone of all oil spill preparatory measures. This task is made especially difficult during a spill, because of the vast array of tasks - each with their own Health and Safety issues, and often in conflict with each other - that need to be analysed and prioritized. This document, Volume 11 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, provides a broad based guide which focuses on the practical and technical considerations during oil spill planning and response operations, including: management of safety, risk assessment, physical and chemical safety issues during response operations, and volunteer management.
Download PDF (English, 805.6 KB)

Dispersants and their role in oil spill response - 2nd edition (October 2001)
This report, Volume 5 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, aims to provide a balanced view about when it is productive to use dispersants and when it is not, with particular reference to environmental concerns. It uses 'real life' information from spills and from field experiments and considers the dispersant option, in relation to contingency planning. Please note that this document in the process of being revised.
Download PDF (English, 762.61 KB)

A guide to contingency planning for oil spills on water (October 2000)
While the environmental priority for all tanker operations is the prevention of oil spills, it is recognized that marine spills are a factor for which management must plan. This report, Volume 2 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, describes the elements of the contingency planning process and stresses the importance of cooperative activity between industry and government. Please note that this document in the process of being revised.
Download PDF (English, 1.03 MB)

Choosing spill options to minimize damage: net environmental benefit analysis
(July 2000)
Once oil has been spilled, urgent decisions need to be made about the options available for clean-up. The advantages and disadvantages of different responses need to be weighed up and compared both with each other and with those of natural clean-up. This process is sometimes known as 'net environmental benefit analysis'. This publication, Volume 10 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, outlines the evaluation process and provides examples of clean-up options both onshore and offshore.
Download PDF (English, 670.47 KB)

Biological impacts of oil pollution: sedimentary shores (November 1999)
This report, Volume 9 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, describes the main types of sedimentary shores, their vulnerability to oil spill damage, clean-up after an incident, and their capacity to recover.
Download PDF (English, 1.83 MB)

Biological impacts of oil pollution: fisheries (September 1997)
Fisheries and aquaculture may be affected following an oil spill. The report, Volume 8 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, describes the direct effects on the species, and indirect effects through impacts on their habitats. The impact on fishing gear and aquaculture facilities is also considered and information is included on basic ecology of the species concerned, and on fishing and aquaculture methods. Response to spills is discussed and reference is made to case history examples.
Download PDF (English, 2.89 MB)

Sensitivity mapping for oil spill response (November 1996)
The making and updating sensitivity maps are key activities in the oil spill contingency planning process. This report, produced jointly with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provides information and guidelines on different types of map, categories of information to be included and symbols to be used, with reference to the various potential users and their requirements. Please note that this document in the process of being revised.
Download PDF (English, 2.21 MB)

Biological impacts of oil pollution: rocky shores (August 1996)
This report, Volume 7 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, describes the factors that make some rocky shores more sensitive to oil spills than others and considers the most appropriate methods of clean-up. Case histories are used to illustrate the effects of spills and spill clean-up, as well as typical recovery rates.
Download PDF (English, 1.37 MB)

Guide to oil spill exercise planning (April 1996)
This report, produced with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been designed to guide all those in government or industry who are faced with the responsibility of developing and managing oil spill response exercises. A series of case studies provide examples of such exercises, as carried out by many IPIECA member companies.
Download PDF (English, 912.73 KB)

Biological impacts of oil pollution: saltmarshes (June 1994)
Saltmarshes are among the 'most vulnerable' category of habitats. This report, Volume 6 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, considers factors affecting the fate and effects of oil on saltmarshes, and provides guidelines on clean-up options. It also includes information on the ecology and uses of saltmarshes.
Download PDF (English, 1.2 MB)

Biological impacts of oil pollution: mangroves (July 1993)
Information is provided in this report, Volume 4 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, on the ecology and human use of mangroves, and on the fate and effects of oil. Oil spill response plans to address habitat protection options are discussed, along with clean-up methods, with reference to case history experience and results from field experiments.
Download PDF (English, 1.45 MB)

Guidelines on biological impacts of oil pollution (January 1991)
These guidelines, Volume 1 in the IPIECA Oil spill report series, aim to summarize short and long-term biological effects of oil pollution and are intended to help anyone facing questions about damage assessment, prediction of possible long-term effects, or clean-up. The emphasis is on marine ecosystems, but some reference is made to other environments.
Download PDF (English, 1010.16 KB)

ITOPF International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation
The following publications, listed in alphabetical order, can be downloaded at - http://www.itopf.com/information-services/publications/

ITOPF Handbook
First produced in 1997, the ITOPF Handbook contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships. The 2010/2011 issue contains updated information on compensation, oil spill statistics and ITOPF staff, and includes sections on the fate and effects of oil spills, clean-up techniques and the organisation of spill response and planning. Copies of the ITOPF Handbook are available free to ITOPF Members and Associates, as well as to closely related groups. Browse the pages of the ITOPF Handbook or download the full version in PDF format (3Mb).
Technical Reports

A series of 12 papers each covering a specific topic in a concise manner (6-8 pages) and illustrated by colour photographs and diagrams. Topics available for downloading include -

Aerial Observation of Oil at Sea (PDF 1Mb)
Fate of Marine Oil Spills (PDF 473 Kb)
Oil Spill Effects on Fisheries (PDF 374 Kb)
The Use of Chemical Dispersants to Treat Oil Spills (PDF 533 Kb)
Recognition of Oil on Shorelines (PDF 636Kb)
The following are available in hard copy. (Single copies free of charge; subsequent copies £1 per TIP, reducing to 75p per TIP (excluding postage) if more than 10 complete sets are ordered. Available from ITOPF - contact Terry Goodchild.

Use of Booms in Combating Oil Pollution
Use of Skimmers in Combating Oil Pollution
Shoreline Clean-up
Disposal of Oil and Debris
Contingency Planning for Oil Spills
The Effects of Marine Oil Spills
Action: Oil Spill
Other ITOPF Publications –
Oil Spill Compensation - A Guide to the International Conventions on Liability and Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (2007)
A joint ITOPF / IPIECA briefing guide to the International Conventions on Liability and Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage. First published in 2000 and updated in 2004 and 2007, this 21 page Guide provides a summary of the fundamental features of the Conventions and comprises an explanatory text and a series of answers to commonly asked questions. Copies of the full report can also be downloaded from IPIECA's website.

Response To Marine Oil Spills
A comprehensive review of the problems posed by marine oil spills and available response measures.  This book is currently being revised and a new edition is due to be published later this year.  Copies will be available from: Witherby Seamanship International , 4 Dunlop Square, Deans Estate, Livingston, EH54 8SB Tel +44 1506 463 227, Fax +44 1506 468 999 For further information on the Japanese version contact: Oil Spill Response Department, Petroleum Association of Japan, #9-4, 1-chome, Ohtemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100, JAPAN Tel: + 81 3 3279 3819, Fax: + 81 3 3242 5688 Further information on the Korean version can be obtained from: Korea Marine Oil Spill Response Trade Assocation, #8-2KA Hai An Dong, Jung-Gu, Inchon, SOUTH KOREA

Protection of Fish Farms and Mariculture Facilities from Oil Spills
A guidance leaflet which summarises the findings of a study for the UK Marine Pollution Control Unit into possible methods for mitigating the impact of oil spills on mariculture facilities in the UK. A number of these findings are relevant world-wide. Available from ITOPF - contact Terry Goodchild.

The Real Story - the Environmental Impact of the Braer – Video
A 30 minute video, produced by the Marine Laboratory in Scotland, which summarises the main findings of the scientific studies into the impact of this major oil spill in Shetland in January 1993.
Available from ITOPF at £10.00 - contact Terry Goodchild.

US EPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency
Selected links to oil spill clean-up publications. For full publications list, go to http://www.epa.gov/oem/publications.htm

Understanding Oil Spills and Oil Spill Response, December 1999

Update of Implementation of Recommendations from the NRT Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (PDF) (53 pp, 797K)

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Response and Restoration
Pages on this site provide access to publications containing scientific information, field guides, and other material. http://www.response.restoration.noaa.gov
You can directly access selected documents by clicking on the topics listed below –
NOAA’s Emergency Response Program
Responding to Oil Spills
Responding to Chemical Spills
Planning for Environmental Emergencies
Trajectory Analysis Handbook
Open Water Oil Identification Job Aid for Aerial Observation
Assessing Environmental Harm
An FOSC’s Guide to NOAA Scientific Support Version 2, July 2010
Recent and Historical Incidents
Observers’ Guide to Sea Ice
Selection Guide for Oil Spill Applied Technologies: Volume 1 - Decision Making
Characteristics of Response Strategies: A Guide for Spill Response Planning in Marine Environments
Characteristic Coastal Habitats: Choosing Spill Response Alternatives

Oil Spills in Mangroves: Planning and Response Considerations

Oil Spills in Coral Reefs: Planning and Response Considerations

Oil and Sea Turtles: Biology, Planning, and Response

Seafood Safety after an Oil Spill

PCB Changes in Fish After Remediation of a Hazardous Waste Site

Shoreline Countermeasures Manuals
Shoreline Assessment Job Aid
Shoreline Assessment Forms
Characteristics of Response Strategies: A Guide for Spill Response Planning in Marine Environments
Characteristic Coastal Habitats: Choosing Spill Response Alternatives
Assessing Risk to Ecological Resources
Marine Debris
Protecting Coastal Resources
Integrating Remediation and Restoration
Watershed Database & Mapping Projects
Abandoned Vessels
Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Restoration Planning Tools
Featured Case Studies
Restoration Projects

EMSA – European Maritime Safety Agency
Publications available for download from the website of the European Marine Safety Agency at http://www.emsa.europa.eu/

Manual on the Applicability of Oil Spill Dispersants

Marine Pollution Response Assistance: FAQ

Inventory of PPR Training Centres in Europe

EMSA inventory of R&D projects in the field of marine pollution preparedness, detection and response

Mediterranean Integrated Decision Support Information System
The Mediterranean Integrated Decision Support Information System (MIDSIS-TROCS) version 2.0 developed by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) in collaboration with Malta University Services (MUS) is now available online. It is aimed at assisting REMPEC's Operational Focal Points in the decision making process when dealing with marine pollution emergencies caused by releases of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS), as well as by certain crude and refined oils. MIDSIS TROCS Version 2.0 can be downloaded from the “Tools” Section of REMPEC’s website where further information is also available. http://www.rempec.org

The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet
The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet is a free program you can use to find out about the reactivity of substances or mixtures of substances (reactivity is the tendency of substances to undergo chemical change). http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/type_subtopic_entry.php?RECORD_KEY%28entry_subtopic_type%29=entry_id,subtopic_id,type_id&entry_id(entry_subtopic_type)=328&subtopic_id(entry_subtopic_type)=3&type_id(entry_subtopic_type)=3
Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO)
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration has launched an upgraded version of its Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software. CAMEO ® is a system of software applications used widely to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies. It is one of the tools developed by EPA’s Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office (CEPPO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Response and Restoration (NOAA), to assist front-line chemical emergency planners and responders. CAMEO is actually a suite of three separate, integrated software applications: CAMEO, MARPLOT and ALOHA. Mapping Applications for Response, Planning, and Local Operational Tasks (MARPLOT) is the mapping application. It allows users to "see" their data (e.g., roads, facilities, schools, response assets), display this information on computer maps, and print the information on area maps. Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres (ALOHA) is an atmospheric dispersion model used for evaluating releases of hazardous chemical vapors. ALOHA allows the user to estimate the downwind dispersion of a chemical cloud based on the toxicological/physical characteristics of the released chemical, atmospheric conditions, and specific circumstances of the release. All three elements of the CAMEO software suite can be downloaded. http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/cameo/index.htm
WISER – Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/

Rad Pro Calculator
Rad Pro Calculator online performs many nuclear calculations that are useful to the health physicist, radiological researcher, radiochemist, radiation safety officer, health physics technician (HP) and radiation physics professional. It calculates, among other things, radiation safety units conversions (SI and US customary) and gamma emitter dose rate and activity. http://www.radprocalculator.com/RadProDownloads.aspx
Around 40 Radiation Software Programmes
These are listed with links provided at http://www.philrutherford.com/radiation_software.html
Emergency Incident Rehabilitation Manual for Firefighters and Other Emergency Responders

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), working with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), has issued an updated version of the manual Emergency Incident Rehabilitation. The revised manual examines critical topics related to emergency incident rehabilitation, including operational issues, human physiology, weather issues, and technology and addresses ways to better protect firefighters and other emergency responders through the use of proper protective clothing and improved tactical procedures. The manual updates the original USFA document published in 1992. To download Emergency Incident Rehabilitation and for further information about the USFA/IAFF incident rehabilitation partnership effort, please visit the USFA Web site at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/research/safety/incident.shtm

Chemical and Biological Quick Response Guides (QRGs)
The US National Response Team site has 25 biological and chemical QRGs. The QRGs are available by visiting http://www.nrt.org and looking in the Quick Links on the right hand side of the home page. The chemical QRGs include: * Soman (GD)* Cyclosarin (GF); * Sulfur Mustard (H/HD/HT); * VX; * Tabun (GA); and * Sarin (GB). The biological QRGs include: Brucella Species; Botulinum Toxin; Bunyaviridae-Rift Valley Fever (RVF); Argentice (AHF), Brazilian (BzHF), Bolivian (BoHF), Dengue (DHF), Ebola and Marburg, and Venezuelan (VzHF) Hemorrhagic Fevers; Glanders and Melioidosis; Lassa Fever; Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV); Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE); Smallpox; Tularemia; Anthrax; and Plague

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