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Region 2 News Release: 12-1093-NEW/BOS 2012-106
June 12, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2075
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Zoto's International for
chemical, electrical and mechanical hazards at Geneva, NY, plant
Hair care products manufacturer faces $233,000 in fines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Zoto's International Inc. with 44 alleged serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at the company's Geneva manufacturing plant. The maker of hair care products faces a total of $233,000 in fines for a cross-section of chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards following an inspection by OSHA's Syracuse Area Office.

"Left uncorrected, these conditions expose workers to the dangers of electrocution, lacerations, amputation, fire and hazardous chemicals, as well as being unable to exit the workplace safely in the event of an emergency," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "The sizable fines proposed here reflect the breadth and seriousness of the hazards identified during our inspections. These conditions must be effectively corrected for the safety and health of the workers."

OSHA found numerous instances of unguarded moving machine parts, including saws, pulleys, ingoing nip points, pinch points and rotating parts. Electrical hazards encompassed unguarded live parts, electrical wiring that did not conform to a Class 1/Division 1 location, allowing unqualified employees to work on live electrical parts, failing to develop and follow safety-related work practices related to energized parts, and failing to provide training to employees. Other safety hazards include a blocked exit door, flammable liquids used where ignition sources were present, blocked