US OSHA fines Texas foam maker for safety violations

27 September 2011 22:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US safety officials cited rigid polyisocyanurate and polyurethane (PU) foam maker Duna USA for safety violations at its Baytown plant in Texas and proposed fines totalling $136,800 (€101,232), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said on Tuesday.

OSHA said the violations included exposing workers to hearing loss and flammable chemicals, among other hazards.

Duna was cited for 29 serious violations. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The alleged violations involve failing to ensure the use of protection to prevent hearing loss while cutting foam products, and failing to perform initial monitoring for exposure to methylene chloride.

Other alleged violations involve failure to develop an emergency action plan, develop adequate energy control procedures and use them during maintenance activities and implement process safety management elements to address recommendations made by a process hazard analysis team.

Duna also was cited for three other-than-serious violations including failing to adequately mark exit doors and to properly locate fire extinguishers.

The company has 15 business days from receiving the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area OSHA director or contest the citations and penalties, the agency said.

Duna did not immediately respond to a query by ICIS.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Brian Ford
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