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Region 3 News Release: 11-1385-PHI
Sept. 28, 2011
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Ecopax in Easton, Pa.,
for exposing workers to safety and health hazards; fines exceed $57,000

EASTON, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ecopax LLC for 19 safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Easton warehouse. Proposed penalties total $57,400.

"Ecopax is legally responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful work environment for its employees," said Jean Kulp, director of OSHA's Allentown Area Office. "It is vital that management address the workplace hazards OSHA has cited in order to prevent needless injuries, or worse, from occurring."

Eighteen serious violations with penalties of $55,300 include failing to maintain emergency lighting in the warehouse, provide employees with training on operating procedures, provide employees exposed to noise hazards with proper training and monitoring, provide written operating procedures for the foam extrusion system, provide a complete mechanical integrity program for process equipment, implement a change management procedure for the process safety program, develop and implement a site-specific emergency action plan, provide employees working on elevated surfaces with standard railing protection, ensure that exit routes were not impeded, ensure that the employee alarm system was functional, ensure that fire extinguishers were readily available and employees were trained in their use, ensure that live electrical parts were guarded against contact, ensure that flexible cords were used appropriately, provide strain relief on flexible cords, properly store mate