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Manufacturer receives 23 OSHA violations for unsafe workplace conditions

It is important for employees to know the proper safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals.

It is important for employees to know the proper safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals.

As we have discussed previously on this blog, employers that fail to provide adequate training may not be running a compliant business and as a result could end up violating important safety regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In industries that deal with dangerous chemicals, it is critical to provide workers with the information and skills they need to safely handle these materials. However, not all companies take the steps necessary to ensure safety procedures are learned and implemented. 

Recently, Fontarome Chemical, a manufacturer of fragrances, flavors and pharmaceutical ingredients, was cited by OSHA for 23 violations of the heath and safety of its workers.

"It is clear that Fontarome Chemical continued to fail in its obligation to create a safe working environment for employees managing highly hazardous chemicals," said Chris Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee, in a press release.

It was found that the company allowed workers to be exposed to chemicals that were known to cause respiratory, skin and eye problems. Included in the citations were five willful violations, including a failure to establish safe operating procedures and failure to provide specific procedures needed for workers to safely operate machinery, among other violations that endangered workers. The proposed fine for the 23 violations is $449,680.

Sometimes companies cut training programs in an effort to save money. However, a learning management system offers a cost-effective way to deliver training that will help ensure a safe and compliant workplace. With a learning management system and e-learning courses, workers can acquire the skills they need to correctly operate machinery and handle hazardous chemicals, in addition to learning about company policies and procedures. 

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SyberWorks, Inc.
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Building 3, Suite 319
Waltham, MA 02452

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