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OSHA FINES PA EMPLOYER FOR WORK HAZARDS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited QG LLC for eight serious violations of the process safety management standards at its Atglen facility in response to an employee complaint.
According to the OSHA website, proposed penalties on the North Haven Connecticut based web offset printing company total $54,000.
About 240 employees work at the Atglen site located in Chester County.
The citations include failing to provide information about the equipment being used, establish written operating procedures and safe work practices, conduct employee training, conduct a pre-start up safety review, implement written procedures for ongoing integrity, develop procedures for management of change, certify that compliance was evaluated at least every three years, and ensure that installations of equipment in hazardous locations were intrinsically safe or approved for the hazardous location.
OSHA has specific requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using dangerous chemicals and serious violations occur when there is substantial likelihood that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
QG LLC has 15 business days after receiving the citation to comply, ask for an informal conference with OSHA, or to contest the citation and penalties.