February 4, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Fines Pennsylvania Company $280,874
For Overexposing Employees to Toxic Hexavalent Chromium Fumes
CAMP HILL, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Cleveland Brothers Inc. – doing business as CB HYMAC – for exposing workers to hexavalent chromium fumes and other safety hazards at the company's shop in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. OSHA cited the company, which provides hydraulic service and repair, machining and chroming services, for one willful violation and 18 serious and two other-than-serious citations. The company faces $280,874 in penalties.
OSHA initiated an investigation in July 2019 after receiving a complaint of overexposure to the toxic chemical. OSHA also cited the company for failing to train employees on the hazards of hexavalent chromium, and maintain a respiratory protection program.
"Occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium can result in significant adverse health effects for employees," said OSHA Harrisburg Area Director David Olah. "Engineering controls must be implemented and affected employees must be trained to recognize the hazards of this toxic chemical."
"Employers must continually evaluate their facilities for hazards, and use proper safety controls and equipment to protect workers' safety," said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. "OSHA provides free resources to help employers comply with hexavalent chromium standards."
OSHA's hexavalent chromium webpage provides resources on protecting employees from health and safety hazards caused by the toxic chemical, including the Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Hexavalent Chromium Standards.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties (view them here and here) to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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Release Number: 20-128-PHI (osha 20-06)
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