Chemical Hazards Bring Safety Fines

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 06:08 PM gHale


Perry Fiberglass Products Inc. is facing $53,130 in fines for four repeat and nine serious safety and health violations for unsafe handling of hazardous chemicals at the company’s Avon Lake, OH, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection Feb. 5 at the facility, which manufactures fiberglass pipes and tanks.

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“Overexposure to hazardous chemicals can cause serious health effects, and workers deserve to know what hazards they are working with each day,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “It is the employer’s job to protect its workers from these hazards. This company’s history of OSHA violations shows that they don’t take that job seriously. That is unacceptable.”

The investigation found repeat violations of OSHA’s hazard communication standard, which requires employers to provide an effective training program with understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. Perry Fiberglass Products failed to label containers to identify and warn of the hazardous chemicals contained inside, use self-closing valves on containers with flammable liquids and ensure a bonding system ended up used when dispensing flammable chemicals into secondary containers. The company failed to provide and maintain suitable eyewash stations. The company faced similar violations in 2010.

OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously received a citation for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Nine serious citations were for violating respiratory protection standards, lack of training on confined space requirements, failure to require eye protection and blocking access to fire extinguishers. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.



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