The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Ohio-based electronic recycling company for six serious and three other-than-serious health violations.
An investigation by OSHA found the company exposed workers to lead above the permissible exposure limit, failed to monitor exposure levels, did not require the use of protective clothing or provide laundry and disposal containers for contaminated clothing, allowed food and beverages to be consumed in areas where lead was likely present and failed to properly label containers with material containing lead.
“Occupational exposure to lead can cause long-term health effects,” said Ken Montgomery, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “The company must make immediate changes to its procedures to ensure workers are not exposed to lead or carrying it home with them from their shift.”
The citations carry proposed penalties of $56,850.