March 24, 2018

Feds: Franklin Park metal company didn't tell workers about asbestos

A Franklin Park metal company has been fined by a federal agency for not telling its workers about the presence of asbestos.

The regional office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited A.M. Castle, 3400 N. Wolf Road, with nine violations on March 24 — five of which are classified as serious.

OSHA spokeswoman Rhonda Burke said the government agency defines “serious” violations as ones where “death or serious harm could exist from a hazard they did or should have known existed.”

The serious violations include:

• Not posting danger signs or warning employees about confined spaces (inside a machine used for cleaning or altering the surface of metal) that could expose employees to asbestos

• Failing to inform employees there might be asbestos in areas where they work

• Training on asbestos for employees not being up to OSHA standards

• Not providing annual asbestos training focusing on recognizing asbestos and how to avoid it.

This is not the first time OSHA has cited A.M. Castle’s facility in Franklin Park. In October 2011, OSHA cited the company for 20 serious violations, Burke said. OSHA proposed $127,600 in fines, which was negotiated down to $63,500.

In March 2012, OSHA again cited Castle Metals on two violations. Those were not providing awareness training for employees who work in areas with asbestos, and not having a copy of the OSHA Asbestos Standard available to employees. OSHA cited A.M. Castle for a total of $8,400, which A.M. Castle paid without negotiating or contesting.

A.M. Castle was fined for those same two violations this year.

This time around, OSHA has proposed $59,720 in fines; A.M. Castle has 50 working days to respond. The company can contest the fines, meet with the area director of OSHA and perhaps negotiate lower fines, or pay the fines. The company will also have to correct the violations

A.M. Castle is headquartered in Oak Brook. The company’s legal department declined to comment.

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ASTM Standard covers incidental asbestos exposure assessments.

A new standard, ASTM D7886, Practice for Asbestos Exposure Assessments for Repetitive Maintenance and Installation Tasks, will aid those testing asbestos exposures by quantifying such exposure levels.

Regulations set forth by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration require that worker exposure to asbestos be determined with a “high level of certainty.”

“ASTM D7886 overcomes the limitations of personal air sampling in the ordinary course of work by describing a method for conducting exposure assessment tests under controlled conditions using the same work practices and asbestos-containing materials that tradesmen and technicians encounter on job sites,” says ASTM member Andrew Oberta, consultant, The Environmental Consultancy. “The data from these tests give the employer a degree of confidence that the respirator provided to workers offers adequate protection, or whether one is needed at all, to remain in compliance with OSHA regulations or other criteria.”

Oberta notes that, while the purpose of asbestos abatement projects is to remove asbestoscontaining materials, ASTM D7886 is focused on the many maintenance and installation tasks that require disturbance of materials that is incidental to, but not the purpose of, the work. One example Oberta cites is drilling holes through asbestos floor tile to mount equipment or fixtures to the underlying substrate.

“These workers must be trained for the specific task they are performing, but the training does not qualify them to remove asbestos for purposes of abatement,” says Oberta. “Information from the exposure assessment tests in ASTM D7886 will help employers make informed decisions on the precautions needed for tasks that are performed repeatedly and consistently at different locations with similar materials and work practices.”

ASTM D7886 will be used by those conducting exposure assessment tests, as well as those who apply the results of such tests to their job sites. Test conductors will include industrial hygienists and other consultants, asbestos abatement contractors and laboratories. Employers who want to be confident that they are providing the respiratory protections and other precautions necessary for protecting their workers and others from asbestos fibers are among those who will be using new standard.

ASTM D7886 was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 877909ASTM; sales@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

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ASTM Committee D22 Next Meeting: Oct. 58, 2014, October Committee Week, New Orleans, La.

Technical Contact:
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The Environmental Consultancy
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Phone: 512-266-1368

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ASTM Standard covers incidental asbestos exposure assessments.

Grayling Industries Introduces Durapax Asbestos Waste Disposal Bags

Grayling Industries Introduces Durapax Asbestos Waste Disposal Bags

Grayling Industries makes available the Durapax line of asbestos waste disposal bags through a nationwide network of specialty safety supply distributors.

Durapax Asbestos Waste Disposal Bags

Alpharetta, Georgia (PRWEB) September 18, 2013

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