Chemical Hazards at NJ Manufacturer

Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 04:11 PM gHale

Santec Inc. is facing $83,375 in fines for 12 safety violations at its Linden, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA officials issued the company citations for 11 serious and one other-than-serious violation.

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OSHA’s inspection began on May 5, after the Avenel Area Office received information about chemical hazards related to improper labeling of chemicals manufactured by Santec.

The agency cited the company with the following serious violations after inspectors found it:
• Failed to properly label hazardous chemicals
• Lacked forklift training and maintenance
• Exposed employees to electrical hazards
• Lacked guardrails on an open-sided platform 6 feet above ground level
• Failed to implement a lock out/tag out system to prevent inadvertent machine start-up and provide employee training
• Did not develop and implement a respiratory protection program, including medical evaluation and employee training for employees required to use respirators
• Failed to address exposure to confined space

OSHA also cited the company for improper storage of compressed gas cylinders containing chemicals including acetylene and improper labeling of shipped chemicals, resulting in the other-than-serious violations.

“Santec is leaving its employees vulnerable to hazards that can cause serious injury, health issues and possible death,” said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office. “Employers are legally responsible for providing workers with a safe and healthful workplace. Santec must address each of the identified violations; anything less is unacceptable.”

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