Robins: OSHA to rescind violation as part of agreement

Staff reportNovember 18, 2013 

The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have reached an agreement after OSHA cited the base for not doing more to protect employees’ exposure to a hazardous substance, according to a base news release sent late Monday.

According to the release, the agreement “essentially rescinds the Notification of Violation the administration levied against the complex.” An OSHA spokesman could not immediately confirm the agreement, which the release states was reached late Friday.

The base was notified of the violation Oct. 31. It 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.

Under Friday’s agreement, the Air Logistics Complex “will increase both visual monitoring of the operation and frequency of air monitoring in Building 59B while it continues to work to incorporate technical engineering solutions, including the possible use of mechanical arm sanders and plastic media blasting, into the sanding process.” In return, OSHA will rescind the citation, the release states.

OSHA spokesman Lindsay Williams said all employers facing violations have 15 days to talk with OSHA and reach an agreement that explains what changes will be made. He did not immediately know of the agreement with Robins or if the base faces any fines.

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