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Region 5 News Release: 12-1424-CHI
July 24, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:            312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Continental Carbonic Products
for 17 health and safety violations at Greenville, Ohio, dry ice plant

GREENVILLE, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited dry ice manufacturer and distributor Continental Carbonic Products Inc. for 17 serious health and safety violations at the company's Greenville facility. Upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards, OSHA initiated safety and health inspections in March and subsequently expanded the health inspection under the agency's National Emphasis Program for Process Safety Management. Proposed fines total $60,435.

"Failing to follow process safety management procedures to reduce workers' exposure to hazardous chemicals is unacceptable," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati. "Employers have a responsibility to ensure that work environments are healthful and safe."

Ten serious health violations involve failing to establish an adequate emergency action plan, provide an emergency shower, follow up on process hazard analysis recommendations, provide adequate emergency shutdown procedures, provide sufficient training on standard operating and mechanical integrity procedures, adequately manage change procedures and properly handle small chemical releases.

Seven serious safety violations involve inadequate energy control procedures, a lack of proper forklift nameplates, improperly operating a forklift by not lowering employees in a workbasket to the floor when the operator leaves the operator's seat, inadequate employee training on safe electrical work practices and a lack of required personal protective gear for employees who perform work involving energ