Hotel Soap and Shampoo Manufacturer Cited for Chemical and Fire Hazards

OSHA found that Marietta Corp. and its staffing agency violated safety standards.

Marietta Corp. exposed workers to chemical and fire hazards and blocked emergency exit routes, according to an OSHA investigation. A company that provided the hotel soap and shampoo manufacturer with temporary employees was cited for chemical-related hazards.

Inspectors found flammable liquids were not stored or used properly; employees with respirators were not trained or checked medically; and containers with hazardous chemicals were not labeled correctly. Similar hazards were found in 2011 and 2010, according to OSHA.

Inspectors also found workers without needed eye and face protection and emergency eyewash stations; employees not trained in the use of dangerous chemicals; and forklift operators who did not receive refresher training.

"The fact that we found new and repeated hazards shows Marietta Corp. must take worker health and well-being more seriously," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "Its employees are at risk of illness, injury, or worse from dangerous chemicals, fire, and an inability to escape in an emergency."

Select Staffing also received violations for not providing workers exposed to dangerous chemicals with proper eye and face protection; lacked accessible data sheets for hazardous chemicals; and did not prove that a hazard assessment had been done to determine what protective equipment employees would need.

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