REAC Appeals and Health & Safety
How To Repair Issues When You Plan to Appeal
One of the most common questions that we receive about REAC appeals is “My Inspection just finished and I want to appeal something, but I have to fill out the 24-hour form for Contract Administrator saying it’s “fixed” – what do I do?” Essentially the form that you have to complete wants clarification on when you have resolved the issue cited by the REAC inspector. Naturally, you want to say that there is nothing to fix. Hence the conundrum.
Will Repairing the Issue Affect Your Eventual REAC Appeal?
No. The completion of the EH&S form and the review of technical or database adjustment appeals are reviewed by separate departments and stating that you have “addressed the issue” is not the same as saying that the inspector was correct or that the issue actually existed as stated.
How Do I Complete the 24-Hour EH&S Form?
So here’s how you fill out the form (using an example to illustrate the point). The inspector has cited your property for having an inoperable (empty) fire extinguisher (Level 3, EH&S). The fire extinguisher is tenant owned and you plan to appeal on the basis that tenant-owned fire extinguishers should be cited as “Other Hazards”. Instead of showing that the issue is resolved with a work order or a receipt from a contractor (as you would normally use), you can write a letter to the tenant stating that they need to remove the item, or simply issue a work order for your staff to remove the empty fire extinguisher (after discussing with the tenant, of course).
In the example above, the fire extinguisher was addressed by disposing of the empty/discharged canister, which addresses the 24-hour EH&S concern, but it does not change the fact that the item was owned by the tenant.
How do you get the inspector to not cite something incorrectly in the first place?
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