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Region 3 News Release: 12-1577-PHI (osha 12-099)
Aug. 16, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Sodexho for serious
safety and health violations at Philippi, W.Va., college
Proposed fines total $81,000

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sodexho Inc. with safety and health violations – 12 of them serious – found while maintenance workers removed asbestos at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi. OSHA initiated an inspection March 8 in response to a complaint. Proposed fines total $81,000.

The serious violations include failing to provide respirators, protective clothing and training for employees performing Class II asbestos work; inform workers of the location and quantities of asbestos-containing material; provide workers who voluntarily wear dust masks with Appendix D information of the Respirator Standard on the use of dusts masks or respirators; ensure that Class II asbestos work was conducted in regulated areas and supervised by a competent person; conduct daily monitoring to assess employee exposure and airborne concentration exposure; ensure proper disposal of ceiling tiles; ensure wet methods were used when conducting Class II asbestos work; and equip vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters. 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.

"Asbestos work poses serious safety and health risks to workers, including lung disease and other disorders," said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's Charleston Area Office. "Sodexho must immedia