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Plaze Aeroscience, operating as Plaze GA, is facing $107,164 in fines for exposing employees to fire and burn hazards at the company’s facility in Dalton, GA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The specialty chemical manufacturer faces nine serious, two repeat, and three other-than-serious violations.

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Investigators cited the company for not providing and ensuring employees used flame-retardant clothing while compounding flammable liquids and combustible dusts, and failing to provide training on specific hazards of chemicals.

OSHA issued citations for the following:
• Failing to prevent combustible dusts from accumulating on work surfaces
• Not establishing written procedures to maintain the integrity of the aerosol system
• Failing to arrange exit routes to prevent workers from having to move toward a high-hazard area during an evacuation
• Not conducting a compliance audit to verify procedures and practices were adequate and followed

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OSHA conducted the inspections in accordance with the National Emphasis Programs for Combustible Dust and Process Safety Management of Covered Chemical Facilities.

“Working with chemicals and combustible dusts involves inherent dangers,” said OSHA Acting Atlanta-West Area Office Director Keith Hass. “When employers fail to recognize and eliminate hazards associated with this type of work, they place their workers at greater risk for serious or fatal injuries.”

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