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Table 1 Characteristics of the health-protection information received by workers engaged in the clean-up of the Prestige oil-spill. Number of subjects in the sample and estimated percentage in the population.

From: Association between health information, use of protective devices and occurrence of acute health problems in the Prestige oil spill clean-up in Asturias and Cantabria (Spain): a cross-sectional study

  Paid workers
(N = 265)
Volunteers
(N = 266)
Seamen
(N = 133)
Bird cleaners
(N = 135)
p
  n % n % n % n %  
Information received          
   No 15 5.9 33 12.9 43 32.2 17 12.8  
   Yes 250 94.1 233 87.2 90 67.9 118 87.2 <0.001
Time          
   Prior to the activity 221 88.9 229 98.4 84 93.3 114 96.2  
   During the activity 29 11.1 4 1.6 6 6.7 4 3.8 <0.001
Manner          
   Written 48 18.9 53 22.2 20 22.2 3 2.5  
   Orally 202 81.1 180 77.8 70 77.8 115 97.5 <0.001
Briefing given by          
   Public Health Authority staff 16 7.9 55 31.2 14 20.2 38 35.3  
   City or town council staff 40 18.0 35 19.0 1 1.4 13 12.4  
   Waste removal company staff 112 57.7 6 3.5 11 14.9 6 4.8  
   Volunteers, ecologist organisations 2 0.9 17 9.0 1 1.4 40 32.0  
   Others1 32 15.5 67 37.4 43 62.02 17 14.7 <0.001
Perceived utility          
   Not useful 25 9.7 25 9.6 14 15.6 4 3.0  
   Useful 225 90.3 208 90.4 76 84.4 114 97.0 0.028
  1. 1Civil Protection Corps, fire brigade, 112 (Spanish general emergency telephone)-service personnel, Red Cross, Dept. of the Environment and fishermen's guilds.
  2. 2Mostly briefed by the fishermen's guilds.