11/1/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The installation received a Notice of Violation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration late Thursday for not developing more stringent engineering controls to protect contract employees who performed hand sanding work on C-17s from exposure to Chromium (VI).
OSHA says a specific airborne level of Chromium (VI) is not to be exceeded in the workplace, even if workers are wearing personal protection equipment, unless an employer can prove that all efforts to minimize the amount have been exhausted. Although employees were properly protected, OSHA says Robins should have done more to minimize the levels of the contaminant earlier this year in Building 59D.
"We have taken prompt action to address this finding," said Brig. Gen. Cedric George, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, where the facility is located. "Our goal regarding employee safety is to go above and beyond 'mere compliance' with OSHA requirements. This will be no different."
"We will continue to pursue new and better technologies to make our workplaces as safe as possible because we believe employees have the right to a safe and healthy work environment," he added.
Robins officials have an opportunity to meet with OSHA to discuss the issue.
The notice resulted from an inspection by OSHA during a two-day period in early May.