OSHA Cites Sign Manufacturer for Methylene Chloride Overexposures

MFB Holdings LLC faced $63,700 in proposed penalties, six repeat, and three serious citations.

MFB Holdings LLC, doing business as M.F. Blouin, a Rollinsford, N.H., manufacturer of acrylic and wooden sign holders and displays, faces a total of $63,700 in proposed penalties, six repeat, and three serious citations after OSHA’s Concord Area Office followed up an earlier enforcement action with an inspection that began Dec. 1, 2014, according to OSHA's news release.

The follow-up inspections found that employees were overexposed to the toxic chemical Methylene Chloride (a suspected human carcinogen) during wood laminating work and that the plant lacked engineering controls to reduce those exposure levels below permissible exposure limits. "The company also failed to determine if employees were exposed to methylene chloride, provide them with respirators, proper eye and face protection, and with medical surveillance," OSHA reported.

"The recurrence of hazards similar to those we cited in 2013 show that this employer still needs to take additional steps to effectively address these hazards and protect the health and well-being of its employees. Information and assistance is available to help employers comply with health and safety requirements. These violations should not be happening again," said Rosemarie Ohar Cole, OSHA's New Hampshire area director. "We remind Granite State employers that we can and do conduct follow up inspections to verify that hazards have been eliminated. Never assume that OSHA will 'go away' after a case is settled."

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