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GA Battery Manufacturer Cited for Lead and Other Safety Hazards

March 08, 2019 / Manufacturing.net

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. for exposing employees to lead, unguarded machinery, and other safety hazards at its facility in Augusta, Georgia. The company faces penalties of $115,594.
OSHA cited the manufacturer for exposing employees to lead exceeding the permissible exposure limit, and arsenic above the action level, and failing to record on OSHA’s 300 logs that the company medically removed the employees from exposure. The company also failed to conduct training, implement a medical surveillance program, and properly guard equipment.
Elevated lead levels can cause debilitating and permanent health issues, said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. OSHA’s lead standard requires employers to minimize workers exposure by using measures including engineering controls, safe work practices, and providing protective clothing and equipment.