On September 10, 2012 my husband received an email from Pamela Leonards Human Resources Supervisor. She was responding to my husband asking for a copy for In-N-Out Burgers Respiratory Protection Plan which they are required by OSHA to have. Pamela Leonards email stated "Risk Management is in charge of the Respiratory Protection Plan". "I am in the process of getting a copy from them and will send it to you once I receive it".
It was a long time in the waiting because In-N-Out Burger DIDN'T have a Respiratory Protection Plan.
In fact here is the determination of what OSHA found they had violated. I will type this verbatim.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health received your complaint of the following hazardous condition (s) at In-N-Burger, Varies locations throughout the state, Modesto.
1. Painters are being exposed to Isocyanates and other hazardous materials. Employer has not done monitoring to determine exposures.
2. No respirator fit testing for employees required to wear respirators. No respirator program or training.
3. Improper respirators being used.
In-N-Out Burger I think we all can agree can make a wonderful hamburger. Where this large company falls is outside of the kitchen. There are a lot a laws and regulations that In-N-Out Burger simply wasn't aware of. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. This company is a 1 BILLION dollar company. There is no excuse that they can dream up to explain their down right feebleminded ignorance of OSHA laws. They should have had someone running that department that new and abided by all they OSHA laws. Obviously the department manager Ryan Swab didn't have the OSHA knowledge needed to effectively and safely run the painting department to keep his workers safe.
Please call In-N-Out Burger and let them know you read this letter 1-800-786-1000