December 17, 2010 ? The U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued
Notices of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions to
the Federal Aviation Administration's Mansfield-Lahm
Regional Airport, Mansfield, Ohio for 13 violations
including one serious notice for failing to provide a
diagram of designated emergency egress routes as
required in the airport traffic control tower.
The OSHA inspection was conducted June 15th, as part of
the Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Monitoring
Program. In addition to the serious violation, OSHA's
inspection cited five repeat and seven
other-than-serious violations at the facility.
"The FAA failed to properly ensure this facility is in
compliance with established safety procedures and to
train workers for emergency actions," said OSHA Area
Director Jule Hovi in
violations include notices for not ensuring fire stops were used
to prevent an unintentional path for smoke and fire, failing to
update the facility compliance programs as annually required,
failing to implement a hazard communication program in the
workplace and not making a facility emergency action plan and
fire prevention plan available for review and use by employees.
OSHA notice is issued if the Federal Agency had been cited
previously for the same or a substantially similar condition and
if OSHA region wide inspection history for the agency lists a
previous notice issued within the past three years. The FAA was
previously cited in 2009 for similar violations at other sites
in the region.
other-than-serious violations include not properly recording
injuries and illness on the OSHA 300 and 301 Logs in a timely
manner, failing to providing accurate records for inspectors,
failing to maintain material data sheets, failing to implement a
facility fire drill training program, and not using proper
As required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Federal agencies must comply with the same safety standards as private sector employers. The federal agency equivalent to a private sector citation is the Notice of Unsafe and Unhealthful Working Conditions (commonly called the Notice).
The OSHA Notice is
used to inform establishment officials of violations of OSHA standards,
alternate standards and 29 CFR citable program elements. OSHA cannot
propose monetary penalties against another federal agency for failure to
comply with OSHA standards.
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