Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit Aerosystems Inc. is facing $193,218 in fines for exposing employees to carcinogen hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company faces two repeated and four serious violations.

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OSHA investigators found the company failed to implement feasible engineering controls to limit employee exposure to hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, and conduct periodic monitoring of employee exposure.

Investigators also said the company failed to establish protocols to ensure employees remove contaminated personal protective equipment and clothing before leaving the work area.

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In addition, investigators found the company failed to prevent exposure to hexavalent chromium during aircraft painting and allowed the accumulation of hexavalent chromium on surfaces and failed to ensure employee respirators fit properly.

“Inhaling excessive levels of hexavalent chromium can cause asthma, and damage to the kidneys, liver, and respiratory system,” said OSHA Wichita Acting Area Office Director Ryan Hodge. “It is important for employers to take the appropriate steps necessary to prevent excessive exposure.”

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