Dr. A. Scott Santucci, a dentist in Niles, faces charges he harassed employees who refused to clean up two separate mercury spills at the practice’s office in 2010.
According to an OSHA complaint, Santucci forced two employees to resign following the spill, after he came to suspect they had reported the matter to OSHA.
Federal law allows OSHA to take enforcement action against employers that seek to suppress whistle-blowing or retaliate against whistle-blowers.
OSHA seeks reinstatement of both employees to their positions; payment of lost wages and benefits and removal of any mention of their protected activity from their employment records.
Note: Even though many of us as kids played with mercury from broken thermometers, the fact is the heavy metal is a toxin that should only be handled by professionals with proper hazardous materials training.