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Is This NJ Facility Exposing Workers to Chemical Hazards?

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) paid a visit to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, and it cost the facility $115,000. OSHA inspected the facility as part of its national effort to emphasize safety within chemical facilities and stop them from exposing workers to chemical hazards. According to OSHA’s report, the plant was cited for multiple federal process safety management (PSM) regulations and eight serious workplace safety violations, including: Failing to develop written procedures for process equipment maintenance Incomplete equipment safety information Failure to inspect and test the process equipment Failure to follow OSHA’s procedures on managing changes made to process chemicals, equipment, technology and facilities Failure to respond to a previous compliance audit (which resulted in repeat safety violations) OSHA focused its inspection particularly on workplace exposure to vinylidene fluoride, which is a liquefied flammable gas used and made at Solvay Specialty…
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