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September 25, 2012
OSHA warns Navy of chem exposures at Coronado

OSHA has issued notices to the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest in Coronado regarding violations of standards involving exposure to lead, cadmium, beryllium, and other toxic materials. OSHA cannot cite and fine most government entities, but instead, it issues notices to advise them of violations.

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Fleet Readiness Center Southwest has a workforce of about 10,000 people nationwide. The Coronado aircraft maintenance site employees about 500. Two alleged willful violations involve allowing workers to store and consume food and drinks in areas contaminated by toxic materials, hazards associated with the accumulation of cadmium in the workplace, and hazards associated with dry sweeping.

According to OSHA, the site was inspected three times in 2011, which resulted in notices for 21 serious violations.

“Exposing workers to metals such as lead, cadmium, and beryllium can result in serious illness and even fatal respiratory disease,” said San Diego Area Director Jay Vicory. “We are encouraged by the U.S. Department of the Navy’s response to OSHA’s intervention, and we are working cooperatively with that department to further mitigate the hazards uncovered.”

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