legal aspects of Safety and Healthy

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Unit II Assignment

You receive a follow-up call from the area director saying the employee filing the original non-formal complaint has provided

additional information about the alleged health situation and submitted a formal complaint using the OSHA-7 form, making

the complaint a formal complaint. A few days later, an OSHA compliance officer shows up at your facility to perform a

comprehensive inspection. The compliance officer presents the proper credentials, and you verify that the compliance

officer is employed by OSHA and assigned to the local office.

During the opening conference, the compliance officer provides you with the formal complaint, alleging that employees are

exposed to hazardous concentrations of metal fumes in welding areas of the plant, that you have not performed any air

sampling to determine exposure levels, that adequate ventilation is not present in welding areas, and that adequate

respiratory protection has not been provided to welders. As a part of the inspection, the compliance officer requests the

following documents:

chemical inventory list;

OSHA 300 logs;

Hazard Communication Program, including training records;

any sampling data that you have;

Respiratory Protection Program, including medical clearance letters and training records;

written hazard assessment for personal protective equipment (PPE) used at the facility;

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for the metals you use in the production process and any welding rods/wire used in the

welding area; and

any other written programs you have that are required by an OSHA regulation.

The compliance officer takes a walk-through tour of the facility, spending extra time in the welding areas. During the walkthrough,

the compliance officer points out several issues believed to be apparent violations. The issues are as follows:

Heavy haze is present in the welding area.

Individuals wearing half-mask air-purifying respirators have full beards.

Employees are using chemicals that could be injurious to the eyes, and no emergency eyewash is present.

Eyewash is present in another area of the plant that is covered in dust, and there is no indication of recent operation or

inspection.

Employees are using chemicals that could be absorbed through the skin and are not using any gloves.

Employees are performing maintenance inside a press with no lock-out/tag-out applied.

No written lock-out/tag-out program is available at the time of the inspection.

Welding operation is performed near flammable materials, and no fire watch is present.

There is no record of training for fork truck drivers.

Extension cords are stretched across walkways.

Three containers are present in the plant with no label present on any of the containers.

An employee could not find a SDS for the chemical he or she was using.

BOS 3525, Legal Aspects of Safety and Health 2

The compliance officer asks for a private conference room and a list of non-managerial employees. He tells you that he

intends to interview four non-managerial employees before leaving for the day. He also states that he will return the next day

to collect some air samples at the facility.

You are worried about the number of citations and penalties that you may face. Provide a document summarizing the steps

you would take as soon as the compliance officer leaves and the steps you believe you could have taken during the walkthrough

that may have resulted in a quick-fix penalty reduction.

Your document must be at least three pages in length, not counting the title or reference pages. You must also include at

least one reference using appropriate APA style.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Tutor Answer

nkostas
School: University of Maryland

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Reducing OSHA Penalties
Thesis Statement: An agreement must be made by the organization to correct all the violations
on the citations and an evidence for correction should be provided. Moreover, a certificate of
correction showing that all violation has been corrected must be prepared. A copy of the same
must be provided to all employees and another sent to OSHA office (Brooks et al., 2017).
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Reducing OSHA Penalties


Running head: Reducing OSHA penalties

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Reducing OSHA penalties
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Reducing OSHA penalties

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Reducing OSHA Penalties
An agreement must be made by the organization to correct all the violations on the
citations and an evidence for correction should be provided. Moreover, a certificate of correction
showing that all violation has been corrected must be prepared. A copy of the same must be
provided to all employees and another sent to OSHA office (Brooks et al., 2017). A quick fix is
essential for immediate abatement of violations by OSHA Area officer. This is the changes that
can be made after inspection to immediately reduce the health risk to the employees as pointed
out by the OSHA officer. However, the changes should not be done while the officer is on site to
avoid self-incrimination. A quick fix should be done as fast as possible to improve the safety of
the operation areas especial...

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