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Enforcement Letter, Sandia Corporation - WEL-2012-01

March 5, 2012

Enforcement Letter issued to Sandia Corporation, related to five occupational exposure events that occurred at Sandia National Laboratories

The Office of Health, Safety and Security's Office of Enforcement and Oversight evaluated five occupational exposure events that have occurred since June 2010 at the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Four of the five events involved worker exposures to airborne contaminants in excess of requirements contained in 29 C.F.R. Part 1910, Occupational Safety and Health Standards; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) 2005 Threshold Limit Values (TLV); or 10 C.F.R. Part 850, Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program.  The fifth event caused uncontrolled beryllium contamination from waste handling operations. Each of these events created circumstances that resulted in the potential for adverse health impacts for the exposed employees.