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Salisbury Township shop cited for exposing employees to hazardous chemicals

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - Lamm's Machine Inc., a machine shop in Salisbury Township, has been cited for exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards. 

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company, which faces proposed penalties of over $14,000.

OSHA says it responded to complaints in August 2017 and found employees exposed to hazardous chemical vapors in an enclosed space from a 'degreasing operation.' 

The citations include failing to evaluate the workplace to determine a need for respirators, develop a respiratory protection program, provide proper hand protection and more. 

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citation to comply, request a conference with OSHA, or contest the findings. 

“Employers must monitor their facilities to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are adequate and effective,” OSHA Area Office Director in Allentown Jean Kulp said in a news release. “Exposure to these types of hazardous chemical vapors can lead to serious illnesses and health issues.”

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