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Region 3


March 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pennsylvania Machine Manufacturer
For Exposing Employees to Chemical Hazards

ALLENTOWN, PA – The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lamm’s Machine Inc., an Allentown machine manufacturing company, for exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $14,782.

OSHA responded to complaints on Aug. 30, 2017, and found employees exposed to hazardous chemical vapors from a degreasing operation in an enclosed space. The employer was cited for failing to evaluate the workplace to determine if there was a need for respirators; develop a respiratory protection program; use effective ventilation systems and respirators; ensure proper use of compressed air for cleaning purposes; and provide proper hand protection.

“Employers must monitor their facilities to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are adequate and effective,” said Jean Kulp, OSHA Area Office Director in Allentown. “Exposure to these types of hazardous chemical vapors can lead to serious illnesses and health issues.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties 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 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 http://www.osha.gov.

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Media Contacts:

Joanna Hawkins, 215-861-5101, hawkins.joanna@dol.gov
Leni Fortson, 215-861-5102, uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov 

Release Number: 18-318-PHI (osha 18-08)


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