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Region 6 News Release: 11-1402-DAL
Sept. 27, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Todd      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Duna USA in Baytown, Texas,
for multiple safety and health violations; fines exceed $136,000

BAYTOWN, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Duna USA Inc. for 29 serious and three other-than-serious violations, including exposing workers to hearing loss and flammable chemicals, among other hazards. Proposed penalties total $136,800 following a safety and health inspection initiated by OSHA's Houston South Area Office at the company's Baytown facility on Farm to Market 1405.

"This employer failed to implement an effective safety and health program to address hazardous and flammable chemicals in its high density foam manufacturing process," said Mark Briggs, director of OSHA's Houston South Area Office. "It is fortunate that in this case no serious injuries or illnesses resulted."

The serious violations involve failing to ensure the use of protection to prevent hearing loss while cutting foam products, develop an emergency action plan, develop adequate energy control procedures and utilize them during maintenance activities, perform initial monitoring for exposure to methylene chloride and implement process safety management elements with a system to address recommendations made by a process hazard analysis team. 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 other-than-serious violations include failing to adequately mar