Some Work Done by OSHA Maintenance and Calibration Laboratory Appears Unnecessary

HRD-81-40: Published: Dec 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 24, 1980.

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As part of a review of inspections and consultations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and State industrial hygienists, GAO reviewed the OSHA Maintenance and Calibration Laboratory. GAO reported on the equipment and maintenance operations at the Laboratory.

GAO found that there are no objective bases for the frequencies established for sending equipment to the Laboratory for calibration. Further, the calibration done at the Laboratory appears to duplicate the calibration done by the industrial hygienists each time they use the equipment. Also, it appears that battery packs could be replaced in the field offices.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of OSHA should allow industrial hygientists to perform minor tasks such as replacing battery packs.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of OSHA should determine whether equipment calibrated by the industrial hygienists also needs to be calibrated by the Laboratory.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  3. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of OSHA should determine calibration intervals on scientific bases for equipment that requires Laboratory calibration.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 

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