April 25, 2019
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Chemical Manufacturer for Exposing
Workers To Fire and Burn Hazards at Georgia Worksite
DALTON, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Plaze Aeroscience – operating as Plaze GA – for exposing employees to fire and burn hazards at the company’s facility in Dalton, Georgia. The specialty chemical manufacturer faces $107,164 in penalties.
OSHA cited the company for not providing and ensuring employees used flame-retardant clothing while compounding flammable liquids and combustible dusts, and failing to provide training on specific hazards of chemicals. The Agency also issued citations for the following:
- Failing to prevent combustible dusts from accumulating on work surfaces;
- Not establishing written procedures to maintain the integrity of the aerosol system;
- Failing to arrange exit routes to prevent workers from having to move toward a high-hazard area during an evacuation; and
- Not conducting a compliance audit to verify procedures and practices were adequate and followed.
OSHA conducted the inspections in accordance with the National Emphasis Programs for Combustible Dust and Process Safety Management of Covered Chemical Facilities.
“Working with chemicals and combustible dusts involves inherent dangers,” said OSHA Acting Atlanta-West Area Office Director Keith Hass. “When employers fail to recognize and eliminate hazards associated with this type of work, they place their workers at greater risk for serious or fatal injuries.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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 help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
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Release Number: 19-571-ATL (139)
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