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Region 5 News Release: 11-886-CHI
June 30, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites All Feed Processing and Packing in
Galva, Ill., for failing to provide respirator protection; fines exceed $167,000

GALVA, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited All Feed Processing and Packing Inc. with five health, including four willful, violations, for repeatedly failing to provide respirators to workers and monitor their exposure to respirable dust at its Galva pet food research and packaging facility. The company faces $167,090 in proposed fines following an investigation in January.

"All Feed is well aware of OSHA's health regulations but has irresponsibly ignored them and put its employees in harm's way," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "Employers have a responsibility to ensure work environments are healthful and safe, which includes providing appropriate equipment and training to protect workers from respiratory hazards."

Four willful violations, with proposed fines of $161,700, were cited for two instances of allegedly failing to provide a respirator to protect workers exposed to total dust in the production facility; exposing workers to total dust at concentrations in excess of the permissible exposure limits; and failing to implement adequate engineering controls when employees performing work activities were exposed to total dust. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

One serious violation, with a proposed fine of $5,390, was cited for failing to identify and evaluate respiratory hazards in the workplace and make