Post office worker told not to wear mask while cleaning asbestos floor tiles
Michael Doherty of Brooklyn, New York is a retired homicide detective who took a job as a custodian at the Lindenhurst Post Office. He was a first responder at the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Doherty began wearing a protective face mask when he scrubbed the asbestos floor tiles in the mailroom, which he claimed were making him sick, but he has been forbidden to wear it any longer.
He said he was told by bosses not to wear the mask because he hadn’t shown he was certified to use it. His lawyer, Pete Gleason, said there was no rule requiring certification for the mask.
Doherty claims that the cracked asbestos floor tiles are making him sick and could be affecting his co-workers, as well – and that the post office doesn’t want him to wear the mask because it alerts the other employees to the presence of asbestos. He said that testing showed asbestos levels exceeding federal regulations. The post office will be investigating the claims.