Employees Exposed to Lead, Copper, and Other Hazards in a Manufacturing Facility

OSHA cited a Wisconsin manufacturer for exposing employees to high rates of lead and copper dust. The company is facing $171,628 in penalties.

OSHA cited a Wisconsin manufacturer for exposing employees to high rates of lead and copper dust. The company is facing $171,628 in penalties.

One industrial valve manufacturing company called Milwaukee Valve Company Inc., based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, has been cited for exposing its employees to unsafe levels of copper and lead. OSHA has proposed a total of $171,628 in penalties.

Following a July 2019 inspection, OSHA cited the company for failing to implement adequate engineering and work practice controls to reduce employee exposure to lead, as well as train employees on the hazards of lead and cadmium exposure. OSHA also cited the company for violations related to respiratory protection, and walking and working surfaces.

OSHA has Lead and Cadmium webpages intended to provide information on the health effects from exposure to these metals and how to control exposure.

Milwaukee Valve Company Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference, or contest the findings. Learn more about the topic from OSHA’s news release.

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