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Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

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Violation Items

Nr: 1068107.015 Citation: 02001A Issuance: 12/01/2015 ReportingID: 0213400

Viol Type:Willful NrInstances:6 Contest Date:12/17/2015
Abatement Date:01/03/2016 Nr Exposed:4 Final Order:10/19/2016
Initial Penalty: $70,000.00 REC: Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $0.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Substance: D740 Diacetyl

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 12/01/2015 $70,000.00 01/03/2016 Willful  
Penalty :   12/17/2015 $70,000.00 01/03/2016 Willful  
Penalty R: Review Commission 10/19/2016 $70,000.00 01/03/2016 Willful  

Text For Citation: 02 Item/Group: 001A Hazard:

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act: The employer did not furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were required to perform tasks that exposed them to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways from inhalation of Diacetyl and/or food flavoring substances containing Diacetyl. Symrise Inc./Branchburg, NJ Site ? Flavor Production Area: 1) On July 14, 2015 a compounder handling Diacetyl during Cocoa Flavor formulation was exposed to Diacetyl at a level of 31.8678 parts per million (ppm) as a 15 minute Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL). This exposure exceeded the 0.020 ppm STEL established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for exposure to Diacetyl by 1593 times. This exposure also exceeded the 1 ppm Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) of the employee?s Full-face air-purifying respirator by 31.8678 times, exposing the employee to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways. 2) On July 14, 2015 a compounder handling Diacetyl during Cocoa Flavor formulation was exposed to Diacetyl at a level of 1.0398 parts per million (ppm) as an 8-hour TWA (zero exposures were assumed for unsampled time). This exposure exceeded the 0.010 ppm TWA established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for exposure to Diacetyl by 103 times. This exposure also exceeded the 0.5 ppm Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) of the employee?s Full-face air-purifying respirator by 2.0796 times, exposing the employee to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways. 3) On August 6, 2015 a compounder handling Diacetyl during Butter Flavor formulation was exposed to Diacetyl at a level of 20.2789 parts per million (ppm) as a 15 minute Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL). This exposure exceeded the 0.020 ppm STEL established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for exposure to Diacetyl by 1013 times. This exposure also exceeded the 1 ppm Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) of the employee?s Full-face air-purifying respirator by 20.2789 times, exposing the employee to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways. 4) On August 6, 2015 a compounder handling Diacetyl during Butter Flavor formulation was exposed to Diacetyl at a level of 80.1006 parts per million (ppm) as a 15 minute Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL). This exposure exceeded the 0.020 ppm STEL established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for exposure to Diacetyl by 4005 times. This exposure also exceeded the 1 ppm Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) of the employee?s Full-face air-purifying respirator by 80.1006 times, exposing the employee to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways. 5) On August 6, 2015 a compounder handling Diacetyl during Butter Flavor formulation was exposed to Diacetyl at a level of 47.5533 parts per million (ppm) as a 15 minute Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL). This exposure exceeded the 0.020 ppm STEL established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for exposure to Diacetyl by 2377 times. This exposure also exceeded the 1 ppm Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) of the employee?s Full-face air-purifying respirator by 47.5533 times, exposing the employee to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways. 6) On August 6, 2015 a compounder handling Diacetyl during Butter Flavor formulation was exposed to Diacetyl at a level of 10.004 parts per million (ppm) as an 8-hour TWA (zero exposures were assumed for unsampled time). This exposure exceeded the 0.010 ppm TWA established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) for exposure to Diacetyl by 1000 times. This exposure also exceeded the 0.5 ppm Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) of the employee?s Full-face air-purifying respirator by 20.008 times, exposing the employee to the hazard of severe lung disease and obstruction of lung airways.

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