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Region 2 News Release: 12-1340-NEW (osha 12-087)
July 5, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson    Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102    215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov     hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $124,000 in fines to Earth Friendly
Products in Norwood, NJ, for workplace safety and health hazards

NORWOOD, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Earth Friendly Products for 23 serious safety and health violations at its Norwood facility. OSHA initiated an inspection in response to a complaint and found workers being exposed to machine guarding, confined space, and flammable liquid storage and handling hazards, among other violations. Proposed penalties total $124,000.

"The large number and extensive range of safety and health hazards found at this establishment are of great concern to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration," said Lisa Levy, OSHA's area director in Hasbrouck Heights. "This employer needs to address the hazards to prevent injuries from occurring at its facility."

The violations reflect hazards related to confined space entry, deficient "lockout/tagout" procedures to prevent machinery from accidentally starting up, failing to train powered industrial trucks operators and make sure that truck modifications are performed with the manufacturer's prior written approval, insufficient machine guarding equipment, junction boxes connected with flexible cords instead of being mounted on the wall, unlabeled breakers on the panel, unsafe flammable liquid storage and handling, personal protective equipment and respirator deficiencies, a lack of eye wash stations, and a lack of fire extinguisher training and hazard communications. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death