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UNI resolves IOSHA issues; fines are decreased

May 8, 2003

Dean Shoars, director, UNI Physical Plant, (319) 273-2582
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Representatives of the University of Northern Iowa Physical Plant met Wednesday, May 7, for an informal conference call with Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to clarify infractions cited by the organization in April. During the call, IOSHA agreed to decrease the $11,700 in fines to $5,850, and recategorized two of the four 'serious' citations as 'other,' the lowest level of infraction.

IOSHA violations are typed into four categories: serious, willful, repeated and other. The UNI infractions dealt primarily with deficiencies in the university's written materials.

Dean Shoars, director of the Physical Plant, said the university was grateful for the opportunity to talk with IOSHA, and explained that some minor adjustments will need to be made at the plant.

'We understand that we have to be more proactive in making assessments of all our spaces. We've already taken steps to make all of the necessary corrections by expanding documentation of safety procedures. We also will train employees to ensure all staff are aware of the changes.'

UNI will provide to IOSHA documentation of the changes made when those changes are complete.