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Bentley Laboratories LLC, which manufactures products for the beauty and pharmaceutical industries, in Edison, NJ, and Joulé Clinical & Scientific Staffing Solutions, are facing a combined $53,000 in fines for 17 serious violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection on Oct. 16 in response to a complaint. As many as 50 temporary workers were on site during peak season at Bentley’s manufacturing facility in Edison.

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Bentley Laboratories ended up cited for 14 serious violations including failure to:
• Train workers on chemical hazards
• Maintain a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise
• Develop procedures and training to control potentially hazardous energy
• Properly guard machines to prevent amputations

Joulé ended up cited for three serious violations involving the lack of a hazardous communication program, and training related to hazardous chemicals and energy-control procedures.

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A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“We see these kinds of violations frequently, especially in the case of temporary workers,” said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office. “Both the hiring company and the staffing agency are legally responsible for the safety and health of their workers.”

The proposed penalties include $45,000 for Bentley Laboratories and $8,000 for Joulé Clinical & Scientific Staffing Solutions.

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