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Polystar Inc. – doing business as Polystar Containment – is facing $331,490 in fines for exposing employees to excessive noise after 12 employees’ audiograms indicated mild to moderate hearing loss at its manufacturing plant in Stow, Ohio, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators found 20 serious, three willful violations.

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OSHA conducted an inspection of the facility in response to a complaint.

Investigators determined the company failed to implement an audiometric testing program to monitor employee hearing loss, and controls to reduce noise levels; use machine guards; provide adequate respiratory protection; remove damaged forklifts from use; train workers on hazardous communication, and store flammable materials properly.

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“Failing to protect employees from excessive noise can lead to long-term and irreversible hearing loss,” said OSHA Cleveland Area Office Director Howard Eberts. “Employers are required to take appropriate precautions to keep employees safe from well-known hazards.”

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