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OSHA Fines Nexus Pulp and Paper for Alleged Workplace Hazards

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Nexus Pulp and Paper, Atlanta, Ga., USA, with $48,000 in proposed penalties for allegedly failing to correct workplace health hazards at the company's Atlanta location. An OSHA compliance officer discovered during an inspection in May that the paper recycler had not corrected violations found in 2009. The company failed to develop a written personal protective equipment hazard assessment to determine a worker's protection needed for each job and failed to train employees in the use of protective equipment.

Employees were exposed to chemicals without access to material safety data sheets containing information on those chemicals, a written hazard communication program warning them about their exposure to chemicals and training on the hazards of the chemicals used in their work areas.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings.