The project will collect measurement data to improve the safety of oil spill response.

The aim of the project is to improve the safety of oil spill response by providing measurement data on the concentrations of hazardous substances and ignition hazards during oil spill response. Safety data will be collected on the most likely pollutants, such as crude oil, and on a risk basis for the new generation of fuels and fluids. The project will serve as a pre-project for a wider international development project, which will be prepared and submitted for funding in the course of the project.

The project will use concentration detectors that record continuous measurement data on concentrations of toxic and flammable gases and vapours, as well as oxygen. Measurement data will be collected during response tests with different fuels and liquids. The measurement data is decodable in electronic format and can therefore be analysed at each stage of the work or other time step. The data can be used to identify the most hazardous work phases and time periods for health and safety on a substance-specific basis. As a result of the analysis, a description of the safety environment of the response, including a risk assessment, is drawn up. Both rescue authorities and occupational health professionals will be involved in the testing.


1) Definition of a testing approach and creation of a broader project framework, project preparation and application for EU funding.
2) Construction of test conditions (test oils, protective equipment, measurement equipment and test set-up, preparation of measurement protocols)
3) Field measurements (in three stages: booming, mechanical recovery, absorption)
4) Analysis of results (data extraction, interpretation and reporting)
5) Risk assessment (assessment of the severity of the risk, definition of risk management measures)
6) Dissemination of results (social media, professional journals, articles, scientific articles) and feedback from participants.


The project will be implemented between 1.9.2023 and 31.12.2024. Testing will take place in spring/summer 2024.

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Raw data on crude oil

To respond to crude oil spills the flammability and harmful concentrations of the oil must be taken into account. Tests will be started at Xamk’s oil spill response test basin to collect measurement data on the hazardous properties of the substance under different spill conditions. The volume of crude oil transported on the Gulf of...


Data for Safer Oil Spill Response (Datasta turvaa öljyntorjuntaan)

1 September 2023 – 31 December 2024

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk

Other partners: Oil spill response authorities, agencies and providers of occupational health services


Total budget: € 120 685

XAMK part of the total budget: € 36 206

Financiers and main source of funding: Regional Council of Kymenlaakso, AKKE Funds allocated to support the sustainable growth and vitality of regions