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OSHA cites Linden for Exposing Employees to Chemical Hazards

OSHA cites Linden for Exposing Employees to Chemical Hazards
OSHA has cited Infineum USA L.P. as the company's Linden facility has violated safety rules including the involvement of employees exposed to chemical hazards. The company has proposed penalties of a total of $88,500.

OSHA got a complaint regarding chlorine release at the facility and so on the basis of this tip started inspection on Nov. 24, 2009. The result of the inspection showed the violations that had been done by the company related to a deficient process safety management system. The company failed to establish and implement written procedures required to manage any changes to technology, facilities, equipment and procedures that can potentially impact a chemical process.

Patricia Jones, the director of OSHA's Avenel Area Office said, "Chlorine is a highly hazardous chemical that can have a severe impact on the employees' safety and health. All aspects of the OSHA safety management standard must be followed by employers in order to ensure that workers go home safely at the end of the day."

Infineum USA L.P. has 262 employees at this site and OSHA has given the company 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

This is not the only company that has been cited for OSHA rule violations. OSHA has regulated many rules and regulations that are to be followed by the companies. The aim and objectives of OSHA is to reduce workplace hazards, enhance the safety and the health of the workers as well as the the workplace. OSHA has introduced many training courses including OSHA safety training to ensure the safety of the workers at the work place.