Caustic chemical exposure but no eyewash station for Alabama mfg. workers
Industrial Insulation Group facing $41,000+ in penalties
A Phenix City, Alabama insulation manufacturer initially corrected hazards that included failing to protect its workers from caustic chemicals, but did not maintain those corrections, according to OSHA inspectors, who visited the facility after receiving a complaint about dangerous conditions.
Industrial Insulation Group LLC was cited for five serious safety and health violations following that inspection. Proposed penalties total $41,800.
No eyewash and shower stations
One repeat violation, carrying a penalty of $27,500, was cited for failing to provide workers exposed to gamma-aminopropyltriethoxysilane with an eyewash station and a shower. Gamma-aminopropyltriethoxysilane can cause irritation and damage to the eyes, skin and kidneys. The repeat violation relates to a substantially similar violation cited at this facility in February 2013.
Three serious violations were cited for not providing an eye and body wash shower for employees working with formaldehyde; failing to provide training on safety and health hazards for workers exposed to formaldehyde; and exposing workers to dangerous moving machine parts. OSHA assessed $14,300 in penalties for these violations. Another violation found was allowing workers to use a respirator with facial hair.
Industrial Insulation Group manufactures a variety of industrial insulation, such as calcium silicate pipe and block insulation; perlite pipe and block; mineral wool pipe; board and blankets; high-temperature, fire-rated board; insulation adhesives; and cements.