INS Detention Facility Cited for Respiratory Standard Violations

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's prison detention facility in Manhattan was cited by OSHA for violating safety and health standards.

The citations resulted from an inspection of the detention facility conducted in August 1999, following a formal employee complaint that workers at the detention center were not provided with adequate respirators to protect them from tuberculosis exposure.

According to OSHA, the INS is responsible for violations OSHA's respiratory protection standard for failure to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program, and not providing employees with proper fit test for their respirators.

If the employer were in the private sector, the violations would carry a total proposed penalty of $80,000.

INS was also cited for failure to maintain fire exits, sprinkler heads and to implement lockout/tagout procedures.

OSHA additionally cited the INS for not maintaining the required OSHA logs of accidents, injuries and illnesses.

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