Bentley Laboratories Fined for Exposing Temps to Chemical, Noise, Machine Hazards

OSHA has fined the Edison, N.J., manufacturer and a staffing agency $53,000 in all.

OSHA announced it has cited Bentley Laboratories LLC, of Edison, N.J., which manufactures products for the beauty and pharmaceutical industries, for 14 serious violations, including failure to train workers on chemical hazards, maintain a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise, develop procedures and training to control potentially hazardous energy, and properly guard machines to prevent amputations.

"We see these kinds of violations frequently, especially in the case of temporary workers," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel Area Office. "Both the hiring company and the staffing agency are legally responsible for the safety and health of their workers."

As many as 50 temporary workers were on site during peak season at Bentley's manufacturing facility in Edison. The company has been fined $45,000, while Joule Clinical & Scientific Staffing Solutions has been fined $8,000.

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