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Protect Your Employees from Asbestos and Lead: NY company Faces $2.3 Million in OSHA Fines

F Marie Athey OHST

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F Marie Athey OHST | May 12, 2014 | Comments Off on Protect Your Employees from Asbestos and Lead: NY company Faces $2.3 Million in OSHA Fines

Bloodborne PathogensOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines a New York real estate company with over $2.3 million for asbestos and lead exposure. Employees and contractors were exposed to these hazards while performing renovation and cleanup activities on a site.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said that the company knew that asbestos and lead were present at this site. The company chose to ignore its responsibility thus placing its employees in danger…

Protect Your Employees

Exposure can cause disabling or fatal diseases and damage to the nervous and reproductive system.  OSHA training courses can provide you and your employees with the right information in dealing with these hazards.

 

Check Your Asbestos Compliance

  • Asbestos fibers are released into the air during activities that disturb asbestos-containing materials in construction, renovation and demolition.
  • Employee exposure is also limited to no more than 1 fibers per cubic centimeter of air (f/cc) averaged over 30 minutes.
  • The asbestos standard for general industry covers activities including brake and clutch repair, custodial work, and the manufacture of asbestos-containing products.

 

Check Your Lead Compliance

  • Workers should use proper work gear that includes gloves, clothing, and approved respirators.
  • Employers and supervisors should be alert to lead exposure symptoms. Symptoms are abdominal pain, headache and loss of motor coordination.
  • When possible, provide lead-free materials and chemicals.
  • Decrease dust by using wet cleaning methods.
  • Workers may only be exposed to 50 micrograms per cubic meter (µG/m3) of air lead over an 8-hour period.
  • Employers must test lead levels every 6 months until two consecutive tests reveal figures below the action level.  They must relay the result of the test to employees.

 

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25812

http://www.oshacampus.com

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/lead/index.html

 

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