OSHA puts Idaho Aquarium on notice

csewell@idahostatesman.comSeptember 13, 2013 

The U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday issued the Idaho Aquarium a notice of alleged safety and health hazards.

Reported hazards include electrical issues, slipping and tripping hazards and in wet areas using electrical cords and fans not rated for use in wet locations.

OSHA is giving the Boise nonprofit aquarium five days to respond to the allegations; if the aquarium does not comply, OSHA will conduct an on-site inspection.

Idaho Aquarium co-founder Chris Conk told the Statesman on Friday the issues are easily remedied.

"They are just a couple minor things. A mat here, a mat there. Pretty easy stuff that we need to straighten up in the back room. Nothing having to do with customers or the customer experience," he said.

In recent weeks, numerous complaints have surfaced regarding conditions at the aquarium, including treatment of animals and management issues.

The Idaho Humane Society is conducting an investigation into some of the allegations.

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