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Solvay Polymers Cited by OSHA
Posted on: 02/07/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Solvay Specialty Polymers for 12 violations at its Marietta-area plant, mainly for exposing workers to chemical hazards from solvents. OSHA has proposed penalties of $77,000.  
 
OSHA says an inspection was initiated following an incident involving a methyl chloride release at the plant last July. 
 
One repeat violation was cited for failing to follow recognized good engineering practices. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
 
The same violation at Solvay was cited in March 2012.
 
Eleven serious violations were issued. The agency says the company is cooperating fully in the investigation.  
 
The plant at 17005 State Route 7 in Warren Township employs about 270 people, who produce polymer pellets used in the production of various plastic products.  
 
The company is based in Italy and has 2,900 employees nationwide.    
 
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