A story from the OSHA September 15 QuickTakes:
Connecticut diagnostic laboratory cited for not protecting workers from chemical hazards
Complaints of sore throats, headaches and difficulty breathing from employees of Quest Diagnostics Corp.'s Ameripath laboratory resulted in an OSHA inspection of the Bridgeport, Conn., facility. Inspectors found violations of the agency's laboratory safety standard. Other violations included failing to: allow appropriate medical examinations for workers showing symptoms of exposure to hazardous chemicals; train workers on how to detect the presence of hazardous chemicals; and implement a chemical hygiene plan for lab workers.
"A laboratory chemical hygiene plan is not a paper exercise."
- OSHA Area Director Robert Kowalski
"A laboratory chemical hygiene plan is not a paper exercise," said Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport. "It's a continuous ongoing process that is key to preventing employees from being sickened by the hazardous chemicals with which they work." The company was cited for 17 safety violations and proposed penalties of $152,435. Read the news release for more information.
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