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NJ Perfume Factory Workers Exposed to Fire Hazards

NJ Perfume Factory Workers Exposed to Fire HazardsA perfume and cosmetics manufacturing business located in Cedar Grove has been heavily fined for serious violations of employee and fire safety. The multiple defilements by Contract Filling, Inc. represent the inherent risks of working with dangerous materials, including the increased risk of NJ Manufacturing Workers’ Comp claims.

The fines come as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration determining workers were exposed to hazardous conditions in the workplace. What’s more, the danger of a fire is intensified as the company is located a mere 1,000 feet away from a batting cage center and is surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Further, Passaic Valley High School and Montclair State University are nearby, as well.

While the facility is said to be equipped with explosion-proof batching rooms, as stated by their website, OSHA cited Contract Filling for nine violations. The company uses denatured alcohol, which is incredibly flammable, to produce perfume and cologne and subjected its workers to unsafe conditions during the process.

A few of the serious violations are as follows, as reported by the Caldwells Patch:

-“The employer had no written plan of action for employee participation in process safety management.”

-“The employer did not develop process safety information pertaining to the technology of the processes used by employees in the manufacturing on perfume/cologne, including the safe upper and lower limits for the transfer meter pump’s flow rate.”

-“The employer did not perform an initial process hazard analysis on the covered process used by employees in the manufacture of perfume/cologne, including but not limited to pumping and mixing/agitation of flammable liquids.”

-“Employees manufactured perfume/cologne using alcohol, a flammable liquid, without receiving training in the general requirements of the process safety standard.”

-“Employees were repairing main drive of Line #10 motor without locking out energy sources.”

Each violation comes with a $6,300 fine, totaling an estimated $50,000 and has until September 8 to appeal the allegations. OSHA’s area director Kris Hoffman stressed “The numerous safety hazards found at Contract Filling’s facility exposed employees to the dangers of potentially fatal fires, which is unacceptable. This company must strengthen and improve its chemical safeguards to prevent a life-threatening incident.”

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