This Field Guide is intended to be used by anyone seeking an overview of the operational and technical aspects of oil spill response in extreme cold environments. Included is information on the key steps of cold weather response; from how oil behaves in low temperatures to how to prepare for an oil spill, along with advice on how to respond to ensure the most successful outcome in cold weather environments.
Responding effectively to oil spills in cold weather requires personnel who are adequately trained, sufficient resources which are appropriate for the environment and prior planning to determine the most suitable response options. To ensure a successful cold weather response, it is important to:
Adhere to advice on health and safety aspects of all oil spill response activities
Prepare and train for predicted risks
Select and advise on the response techniques most suitable to the environment and oiling conditions
Ensure communication is effective among all parties