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Asbestos News

Company fined over asbestos removal violations at West Virginia college
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Sodexho Inc. with a number of health and safety violations related to workers' removal of asbestos from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia.

According to a release from the agency, the citations included 12 serious violations, while $81,000 in fines have also been proposed. The alleged violations include a failure to provide workers with respirators, protective clothing and proper training for asbestos removal, and failing to conduct daily monitoring to determine the extent of any possible employee exposure.

"Asbestos work poses serious safety and health risks to workers, including lung disease and other disorders," Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's Charleston Area Office, said in a statement.  "Sodexho must immediately correct these violations to ensure that its employees have a safe and healthful work environment."

In the release, OSHA says that Sodexho has 15 days to either comply, request a conference with the agency's area director or contest the citations.

OSHA's commitment to reduce worker exposure to asbestos stems from the fact that the inhalation of the carcinogenic mineral fibers has been proven to cause a number of serious illnesses, including lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer. 
8/17/12

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