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Two San Marcos, Texas, Employers are Cited for Alleged Heat and Noise Workplace Hazards – Part 4

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
English: A man gas metal arc welding (MIG). NB...

English: A man gas metal arc welding (MIG). NB – despite the image filename, this is GMAW, not SMAW Français : Un homme faisant du soudage à l’arc avec une électrode fusible sous flux gazeux. Tiếng Việt: Một người thợ đang hàn bằng hồ quang điện với mặt nạ bảo vệ chống ánh sáng, nhiệt độ cao cũng như các tia lửa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued citations against two companies in San Marcos, Texas, with a combined proposed penalty of $43,600. Corvac Composites LLC, an auto parts maker, faces proposed penalties amounting to $31,000. Priority Personnel Inc., a staffing company, faces proposed penalties amounting to $12,600.

OSHA provides the following feasible methods for correcting heat-related violations allegedly committed by Corvac Composites:

  • Implement a regimen of alternating work with rest in accordance with the specific guidelines found in the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) 1992-1993 Permissible Heat Exposure Threshold Limit Values. Information is provided regarding extreme temperatures and different shift lengths. Note: Workers on 8-hour shifts are not to have the same work-rest cycle as workers on 12-hour shifts.
  • Train all employees regarding health effects associated with extreme heat. Workers should be able to recognize symptoms of heat-induced illnesses and methods for preventing the onset of heat-related illness.
  • Employees just beginning to work in a hot environment should be acclimatized, as should workers who are returning to work from an absence greater than two days. Acclimatizing workers involves grading work tasks.
  • Set up a worker rotation for employees performing Hotman duties, to prevent prolonged exposure to extreme heat.
  • Encourage workers to drink at least 5 ounces of cool water every 15 or 20 minutes, when working in excessive heat.
  • Maintain medical surveillance of workers in excessive heat, especially those chronically on medications because anatomical metabolic activities and water excretion may be altered.
  • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) that can maintain a body’s core temperature to an acceptable level. Examples are neck towels and ice vests.

Learn more about these alleged OSHA violations in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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