NJ warehouse cited for chemical hazards, HazCom violations
A Passaic, New Jersey warehouse operator was cited earlier this month for two dozen safety violations, including failure to have a written hazard assessment and a hazard communication program (including material safety data sheets), a lack of training for employees required to handle hazardous chemicals, fall hazards, inadequate exit signage, lack of machine guarding, electrical hazards, and a failure to provide eyewash facilities.
The violations cited by OSHA against Oaxaca Mexican Products amounted to $112,000 in penalties.
OSHA inspectors – who were responding to a complaint about unsafe conditions at the facility, found locked exit doors – a violation that company was cited for in 2009.
"The fact that Oaxaca has again put its employees' lives at risk by not making sure a fire-safety door was easily opened is completely unacceptable," said OSHA’s Lisa Levy.
The company was cited for 20 serious, one willful and three other-than-serious violations.