OSHA cites Robins for hexavalent chromium exposure

wcrenshaw@macon.comNovember 1, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Robins Air Force Base has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for not doing more to protect employees’ exposure to a hazardous substance.

According to a base release sent late Friday, the base was notified of the violation Thursday. The violation stated the base should have developed better engineering controls to protect employees who performed hand sanding work on the C-17 from exposure to hexavalent chromium.

The violation was related to work done by employees for a contractor. Although the employees wore personal protective equipment, the release stated, OSHA requires employers do everything possible to minimize exposure.

The citation stated Robins should have done more to minimize levels of the contaminant in Building 59D.

“We have taken prompt action to address this finding,” Brig. Gen. Cedric George, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, said in the release. “Our goal regarding employee safety is to go above and beyond ‘mere compliance’ with OSHA requirements. This will be no diffeerent. We will continue to pursue new and better technologies to make our workplaces as safe as possible because we believe employees have the right to a safe and healthy work environment.”

The citation resulted from a two-day inspection by OSHA in May.

In 2010, Robins was given 39 OSHA citations, some which also related to contaminant levels.

All of those issues were resolved.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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