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OSHA levels $9,900 fine against local dealer

November 17, 2010

The absence of asbestos abatement procedures for servicing brakes and clutches in the service department led to a recent $9,900 fine by the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration against a dealer in Chicago’s north suburbs.

While OSHA’s respiratory standard has changed during the past few years, the procedures for controlling asbestos have not. The procedures must be implemented if a dealership does more than five brake or clutch jobs a week.

If the procedures are not implemented, the dealership also is liable for lacking a respiratory program that meets the new standards. Part of the OSHA fine cited the local dealer for its absence of a respiratory program.

That led to fines for not doing respirator fit testing and for the absence of medical evaluations.  Additionally, the dealership was fined for not conducting Right toKnow training and for not having the corresponding written plan or material safety data sheets.

The OSHA enforcement oficer reportedly dismissed complaints of excessive fines, saying he is authorized to impose maximum fines for each infraction. In the dealer's case, it would have been $7,000 for each infraction.