Region 2 News Release: NY 219
November 6, 2000
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
OSHA CITES NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IN CENTRAL ISLIP OR WILLFUL AND OTHER SAFETY VIOLATIONS FOLLOWING ALLEGED EMPLOYEE ASBESTOS EXPOSURE; $103,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the New York Institute of Technology, 300 Carlton Avenue, Central Islip, New York, and proposed penalties of $103,500 against the school, alleging two willful and one serious violation of OSHA standards.
According to Harvey Shapiro, OSHA area director, the citations result from an inspection of the Central Islip campus conducted from May 11 to November 3, following a complaint that employees were being exposed to asbestos at several buildings on campus which were undergoing renovation.
OSHA cited the Institute for two alleged willful violations of OSHA's asbestos standards:
- failure to accurately monitor airborne concentrations of asbestos; failure to use proper engineering controls and work practices; and failure to conduct exposure assessments and ensure the use of respirators.
- failure to confine all asbestos work within regulated areas; failure to provide and require the use of protective clothing; failure to properly inform employees that they were working in asbestos contaminated areas; failure to affix labels to all products and containers of asbestos; and failure to properly dispose of asbestos waste, debris and dust in leak tight containers.
The alleged willful violations carry a total proposed penalty of $99,000.
OSHA also cited the Institute for failure to provide a medical surveillance program for all employees engaged in Class I, II, and III asbestos removal work, an alleged serious violation carrying a total proposed penalty of $4,500.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and regulations. A serious violation is defined as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Long Island area office, located at 1400 Old Country Road, Suite 208, Westbury, N. Y. Telephone: (516) 334-3344.
The Institute has until November 28 to contest the citations.