04.05.2006 Written letter from Hani Nabi Chairman to Alan Haungs re: The Lock Out Tag Out Policy of the Department

KEY POINTS:

  • I wrote a LOTO (lock out, tag out) procedure for the replacement of the filament for the -H ion source ejection unit on the cyclotron (an extremely dangerous electrocution hazard).
  • I informed Dr. Nabi in our March 24, 2006 meeting (mentioned below) that Vice Director Dr. Ackerhalt, Supervisor Erol Bars and Supervisor Lynn Kaczmarek prevented me from practicing that lock out tag out procedure I wrote, and also LOTO in general.
  • Note that this letter below says there is a plan to update the current LOTO policy which will be implemented by “we” (see cc: Vice Director Dr. Ackerhalt, my Supervisor Erol Bars and my other Supervisor, Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek).
  • March 2007 one year later, OHSA renders an issuance citing and fining CRS for not-having and not-practicing departmental LOTO procedures, policies, materials, training and a log of training.
  • The “cc” persons mentioned in the letter below who were informed by Dr. Nabi to produce the LOTO practices departmentally, namely Vice Director Dr. Ackerhalt, Erol Bars, Dr. Lynn Kaczmarel, note that none of them were released from their duties nor disciplined by Dr. Nabi, once OHSA had uncovered that none of these persons had produced any LOTO departmental policy for CRS.
  • LOTO was and is the written policy of the University at Buffalo where the cyclotron resided in addition to being required by law.
  • Despite this willful act, the University at Buffalo did not release from duties or discipline persons in CRS management responsible for opposing LOTO safety laws and university safety policy.

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