Zoo Fined for Lead Violations

Source: buffalozoo.org

Buffalo, NY – OSHA has issued 21 citations against the Buffalo Zoo during construction of its new Amphibian and Reptile Center.

According to the local NPR station, WBFO, the center closed for renovations in March, which included a new roof, heating and ventilation system, exhibits, and interactive educational elements.

However, after an investigation, OSHA found the Zoo did not conduct surface tests for lead during the course of renovations.

OSHA also found that employees were issued dust masks, which do not properly ventilate lead.

According to OSHA, following employee blood tests, no elevated levels of lead were found.

The fines for the citations currently total $91,465.