The fines that OSHA is imposing for violating PPE standards (Personal Protective Equipment) including flame resistant work wear has significantly increased over the last several years. Here are just a small number of examples of companies that have been cited for non-compliance:
• $158,000 Importers Service Corp, Jersey City, NC (5/17/10)It is the responsibility of employers to develop a safety program to protect their employees and subcontractors. The typical first step in this process is to have a safety assessment performed to determine the actual level of risk based upon job category. However, this assessment can take upwards of nine months to perform. In the meantime, in order to meet the minimum requirements as required by law, employers need to make sure that their people are wearing 100% cotton clothing, flame resistant coveralls, hard hats, face masks and arc rated gloves. Additional requirements may be necessary to meet the guidelines for specific Hazard Risk Categories (HRC levels 1, 2, 3 and 4).
• $217,000 US Postal Service, Denver, CO (5/11/10)
• $558,000 US Postal Service, Providence, RI (4/30/10)
• $158,400 Chapman Printing Co., Huntington, WV (12/18/09)
• $683,000 Mueller Industries, Fulton, MS (2/17/10)
• $148,000 C.W. Pond Contractors, Norwalk, CT (9/3/09)
• $ 88,200 O’Connell Electric Co., Buffalo, NY (11/16/09)
• $128,500 MillerCoors LLC, Denver, CO (8/3/09)
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