OSHA questions public health department
The Washington County Department of Health received notice from the Iowa Division of Labor Services Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Bureau concerning complaints about workplace conditions.
The notice lists the location of the complaint as 120 E. Main St., where Washington County Public Health Department’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinic is held.
The complaint states, “Personnel are concerned about poor air quality within the WIC Clinic. The specific concern is the possibility of formaldehyde being released from building materials in the clinic.”
OSHA has asked for a response to the allegations by May 24, 2013.
The OSHA letter said there have been no determinations of the alleged allegations at the workplace. Since an allegation has been filed with OSHA, the letter said the Washington County Public Health Department should investigate the situation within five working days. OSHA also asked for a detailed written letter about what action would be taken to correct the alleged hazards.
Washington County Public Health administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski would not comment on the letter Thursday afternoon. She said she is going to speak to the county board of health about it during Tuesday’s board of health monthly meeting, which will be at 7:15 a.m. in the fifth-floor conference room at Federation Bank.