Originally Posted by ka64
ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Illinois Gun Works Ltd. for 28 alleged health violations following a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health that found two gun range operators were exposed to airborne lead levels up to 12 times the permissible level. Proposed fines total $111,000.
A total of 27 serious violations include 13 for violating the lead standard, including failing to implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce exposure, collect full shift personal samples for monitoring, measure effectiveness of the ventilation system to control exposure, provide clean protective clothing, dispose of or replace protective clothing, provide clean changing rooms or separate storage facilities for protective work clothing to prevent cross-contamination with street clothes, require workers exposed to lead to shower at the end of a shift or to ensure workers washed hands and faces prior to consuming food during breaks, and implement a medical surveillance program for all employees who were exposed to lead at or above the action levels, including biological monitoring such as blood sampling.
The remaining serious violations include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous chemicals present in the work environment, label chemical bottles with contents and a hazard warning, administer an effective hearing conservation program, train in the use of personal protective equipment and implement a respirator protection program that includes, fit testing and training. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
One other-than-serious violation has been cited for failing to provide a written certification that a hazard assessment had been performed. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Illinois Gun Works operates a gun sales business, a shooting range and gun safety training. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Damn ! Who did they PO ? Seems somebody has a boner for these guys and is using the Chicago, IL EPA to do it ! I'm particularly struck by the "up to 12 times" statement, as it implies - but doesn't document - a chronic workplace exposure at this rate.
In essence the EPA is demanding the same sort of environmental controls and resultant documentation as any worker in a nuclear generating plant (all of which have lots of lead around ) would be subject to control exposure to radioactive materials
! I lived this "game" for many years and know just how prohibitively expensive implementing these sorts of "environmental controls" will be ! And if/when the "vics" have complied - after paying the egregious fines - the EPA's minions will be back with a new list of "violations" !
IOW, its time to shut the doors and take down the sign. Talk to the right lawyers and open under a new business name and organization. >MW