Machine manufacturer in Pennsylvania cited for exposing workers to chemical hazards

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A Pennsylvania machine manufacturer has been cited for exposing workers to dangerous chemical hazards. OSHA’s proposed penalties total $14,782.

OSHA received complaints on August 30, 2017, and found employees exposed to hazardous chemical vapors from a degreasing operation in an enclosed space. The company was cited for failing to evaluate the workplace to determine if there was a need for respirators; develop a respiratory protection program; use effective ventilation systems and respirators; ensure proper use of compressed air for cleaning purposes; and provide proper hand protection.

“Employers must monitor their facilities to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are adequate and effective,” said Jean Kulp, OSHA Area Office Director in Allentown. “Exposure to these types of hazardous chemical vapors can lead to serious illnesses and health issues.”

The company has been given 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.