Mr. Reynolds responds to Stilley’s recent email. It might seem that this is less vigorous than his first email, upon casual reading. However, reading more carefully, he does 1) indicate that soap dispensers should be “available” to employees, 2) falsified safety records require an on-site inspection, where the employer denies the charge, and 3) the “source of moisture” should be eliminated. I can’t disagree with any of this, and it gives the prison a “face-saving” opportunity to correct its wrongs. Read this way, it’s heartening, and suggests that Reynolds has a certain deftness in calling down another federal agency for its health and safety violations. I hope you’ll offer up a prayer of gratitude to God for this blessing.

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Mr. Stilley,
Regarding your e-mail dated October 3, 2010, I will address it’s contents:
1. The availability of dispensers have been confirmed by you; our standards do not address the amount of dispensers, only that they are available for use.

2. The information we received for the employer states that any leaks of soap is cleaned up promptly. Has there been any slip or fall hazards due to the leaking soap dispenser? This is normally an internal issue addressed with supervisory personnel in the facility.

3. There is no way we are able to indicate that the training records are falsified through the informal investigation process. We cannot intervene to the prison to give you access to training records.

4. Regarding your 4th concern, we do not have a mold related standard, therefore if mold growth is apparent the employer can simply use a 10% bleach solution to clean the area and then ensure that the source of moisture is eliminated.

Regarding the creation of a health and safety committee, OSHA does not have a standard that mandates the employer to create such committee.

I hope this addresses your issues regarding this complaint. Thank you for your concern regarding safety and health.

Carlos M. Reynolds
Area Director
OSHA/Little Rock Area Office
(501)224-1841 (office)

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