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Region 8 News Release:   12-OSHA
02-25-2000
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
PHONE: (303)844-1302

OSHA FINES WHITE WAVE INC. IN BOULDER $101,250 FOLLOWING COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Denver has cited White Wave Inc., Boulder, Colo., for two willful and 10 serious violations and issued proposed penalties totaling $101, 250.

The violations and penalties against the food processing firm were issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Denver area office. This inspection was initiated on August 25, 1999, as part of OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Plan which is based on the employer's Lost Workday Injury and Illness Rate.

Bobby Glover, OSHA area office director in Denver, said a number of accidents and injuries occur in food processing facilities because of failure to comply with the OSHA regulations. "We strongly encourage employers to ensure that the requirements under the general industry standards are followed," said Glover.

The OSHA investigation cited White Wave Inc. for:

  • Failure to utilize procedures for the control of hazardous energy and failure to provide training on the safe application, usage and removal of energy control devices.Willful violation $49,000
  • Failure to provide facilities for quick drenching and flushing of the eyes and body. Willful violation $38,500
  • Failure to inspect hoist for defects; failure to cover floor hole drains; failure to evaluate milk kettle tanks to determine if they were permit-required confined spaces; failure to post signs identifying permit spaces; failure to implement a written permit space entry program; failure to guard machinery at point of operation; failure to install and maintain proper electrical switches and circuit breakers in wet locations; failure to maintain proper drainage in wet locations; failure to implement a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to noise above the action level of 85 dBA; failure to assess the need for personal protective equipment; failure to require the use of protective eye equipment where employees were exposed to hot soy products, hot water and corrosives; failure to implement a written hazard communication program and failure to provide hazard communication training. 10 Serious violations $13,750

Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and its regulations.

A serious violation is defined as one committed where there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

White Wave Inc. has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to request an informal conference with the OSHA Area Director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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