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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, October 01, 2012

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending September 29th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.




OSHA cites Dlubak Glass for exposing workers to lead, other hazards ($126,700)
99 Cent Only Stores cited for multiple serious violations in Houston ($121,000)



OSHA has cited Dlubak Glass Co. for 15 alleged health – including willful and repeat – violations, many of them related to the presence of lead, following a March inspection at one of its two Upper Sandusky plants. Proposed fines total $126,700.

The inspection was initiated following a complaint that workers were being exposed to lead and not provided adequate personal protective equipment in the plant.

Lead exposure can cause damage to the nervous system, kidneys, blood-forming organs and reproductive system if inhaled or ingested in dangerous quantities. A willful violation has been cited for failing to make an initial determination of worker's exposure to lead.

One repeat violation has been cited for failing to maintain a lunch room free from lead dust and residue. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Dlubak Glass Co. was cited for this housekeeping violation in March 2011 at their main facility in Upper Sandusky.

Thirteen serious violations primarily involve violations of the lead standard, including failing to:
  • implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce exposure
  • record initial exposure levels to cadmium
  • provide clean changing rooms or separate storage facilities for protective work clothing to prevent cross-contamination with street clothes
  •  provide medical surveillance for exposure to lead
  • dry sweeping lead
  •  noise overexposure
  • a lack of hazard communication procedures
  • failing to provide head as well as other adequate personal protective equipment against glass, lead and cadmium hazards
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The current citations may be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DlubakGlassCompany_281754_0919_12.pdf.

Due to the willful and repeat violations and the nature of the hazards, OSHA has placed Dlubak Glass Co. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

Dlubak Glass Co. was founded in 1932 in Natrona Heights, Pa. The company serves the automotive, lighting, plate, fiberglass, container and specialty glass industries, with six plants located in Natrona Heights and Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Waxahachie, Texas; Okmulgee, Okla.; and Yuma, Ariz. Dlubak Glass has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


OSHA has cited Commerce, CA-based 99 Cent Only Stores Texas Inc. with 19 serious safety and health violations at the company's Houston distribution center that are related to process safety management, including exposing workers to anhydrous ammonia while storing frozen products in refrigeration units. OSHA's inspection was initiated as part of the agency's national emphasis program on process safety management for covered chemical facilities. Proposed penalties total $121,000.


The serious violations include:
  • failing to compile process safety information for instruments used as safeguards
  • failing to ensure that equipment complies with recognized and good engineering practices
  • failing to inspect and test equipment identified as safeguards
  • failing to complete a process safety management compliance audit, develop and implement an emergency action plan
  • failing to provide guarding on elevated platforms above 4 feet. 
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/99_Cents_Only_Stores_Texas_Inc_283498_0921_12.pdf
and http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/99_Cents_Only_Stores_Inc_427511_0921_12.pdf.

99 Cent Only Stores Texas, a discount retailer, employs about 12,000 workers company wide and has operations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA Houston North area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Related Past Posts:
Summary of OSHA Violations - Week Ending September 22nd
Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - 7 Contractors Cited
Summary Of Major Citations - Fireworks Factory Cited



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