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OSHA Enforcement Activity

A plastics and paper recycling facility in Gainesville, GA was recently inspected by OSHA and has been cited for 21 alleged safety and health violations.

The inspection was initiated after the agency received a complaint.

Among the alleged serious violations OSHA uncovered was exposing workers to explosion and fire hazards by allowing combustible dust to accumulate, a failure to provide employees personal protective clothing, a failure to implement a hazardous energy control program to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing, a failure to evaluate spaces such as silos to determine if they were permit-required confined spaces, exposing workers to amputation hazards due to missing machine guards, and a failure to develop a noise monitoring program.

Members are reminded that the ISRI safety webpages contain valuable information on meeting the OSHA standards for PPE, hazardous energy control (LOTO) and machine guarding, confined space requirements, and noise monitoring. Contact Vice President of Safety Terry Cirone for further information.

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