A Salisbury Township machine manufacturing company has been fined nearly $15,000 for exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards, accord to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
After receiving a complaint, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Lamm’s Machine Inc., at 3216 Berger St., for exposing employees to vapors from a degreasing operation, which was in an enclosed space.
“Exposure to these types of hazardous chemical vapors can lead to serious illnesses and health issues,” said Jean Kulp, OSHA area office director for Allentown. “Employers must monitor their facilities to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are adequate and effective.”
The employer was cited for “failing to evaluate the workplace to determine if there was a need for respirators; develop a respiratory protection program; use effective ventilation systems and respirators; ensure proper use of compressed air for cleaning purposes; and provide proper hand protection.”
Lamm’s Machine did not return phone calls for comment.
The penalties totaled $14,782. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before an independent review commission.