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Brick's Sandy Debris Sites Come Out Clean in OSHA Tests

Dust particles tested by government agency

Two sites in Brick that handle debris material left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy were tested by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and found to be free of hazardous substances in the surrounding air.

The agency tested the debris removal site at the former Foodtown lot on Route 70 as well as the Brick Beach III parking lot on Route 35 – where sand is sifted before being returned to the beach – about two weeks ago, the agency said.

Inspectors used machines to test the total dust at each site, and at both, zero milligrams per meter were detected.

Other local sites did show limited amounts of some contaminents – such as 168 parts per million of carbon monoxide at Funtown Pier in Seaside Heights in the space where workers were cleaning up debris near a running generator, or .04 milligrams per meter of dust at a sand sifting site there – but nothing that exceeded permissible federal levels.

The purpose of the sampling was to measure potential or actual employee exposure to potential health hazards during recovery operations, OSHA said in a statement.

Sampling was conducted in a variety of locations throughout the storm affected areas. The results of the first round of sampling show that while some contaminants were present, such as carbon monoxide, asbestos and silica, they had not exceeded any of OSHA’s permissible exposure limits.

"These initial results should not be taken by employers as an 'all clear' signal regarding potential exposure to health hazards," said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York, in a statement. "It is important that each employer continually ensure that workers are not overexposed. Employers can accomplish this by performing site assessments to determine potential hazards and institute effective measures to protect workers against exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos, lead and mold."

Brick Township is continuing to collect debris from the storm. Once it is collected, it is taken to the Route 70 site, and from there, it is sent in large quantities at a time to the Ocean County Landfill in Manchester.

Ocean County took over debris management services shortly after cleanup from Sandy began.

clamdigger January 17, 2013 at 04:02 AM
all this stuff should have been the homeowners responsibility to have carted away, not placed out on the curb for the township to take away. homeowners could have called in professional services or got the "big green" bag advertised and covered the cost at their own expense not expect the Twp to take away everything. this would have put money back into the economy, put people to work and allowed DPW workers to tend to regular duties rather than get out and pick up the crap people put to the curb.
JAM January 17, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Thank you fish, people gripping as usual and doing little.
JAM January 17, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Yea, because those people really don't have enough expense to deal with already, having lost many of their possessions including food!
clamdigger January 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I know many people had to hire professional tree service to take care of downed trees so what's the difference? It goes w/ the territory of being a home/property owner.
Tom Cular January 20, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Trust me, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.

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