NORTHUMBERLAND — The US Department of Labor cited Strong Industries for continuing to expose workers to dangerous chemicals.
Spa manufacturer Strong Industries, of 3204 Point Township Drive, Northumberland, was cited for two repeat offenses and one serious offense and faces a total of $98,905 in penalties. Strong, in response, released a statement on Tuesday saying they were working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to resolve the issues.
“Based on the insufficient risk reduction by Strong Industries identified in a previous inspection, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated a follow-up inspection on November 23. 2021,” according to the US report. Ministry of Labour. “Inspectors found that the hot tub manufacturer continued to overexpose workers to methylene bisphenyl diisocyanate without implementing all possible engineering controls. OSHA cited Strong Industries for similar violations in 2020 and 2021.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the regional OSHA manager, or challenge the findings before the Independent Safety and Security Review Board. occupational health, according to the federal agency.
“Overexposure to methylene bisphenyl diisocyanate can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis and occupational asthma,” said Wilkes-Barre OSHA Regional Director Mary Reynolds. “Strong Industries must comply with OSHA standards and implement effective engineering and administrative controls to ensure that all of its employees are protected from overexposure.”
Strong Industries released a statement regarding the citation through company spokesperson Brett Marcy.
“The health and safety of our employees is our #1 priority, and we’ve worked collaboratively with OSHA to ensure we remain a consistently safe workplace,” Marcy said. “Strong Industries has resolved the issues identified by OSHA in its findings. In fact, we have made significant investments to improve our security processes and protocols over the past few years, including adding three new full-time positions dedicated exclusively to workplace security, hiring an external security consultant, and installing new, more robust engineering solutions to protect our employees. during work. We continue to cooperate fully with federal safety regulators and are committed to keeping our workplace safe for all of our valued employees. »
Reynolds has referred all requests for additional information to OSHA’s public relations team. Contacted on Tuesday, OSHA spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins said OSHA did not add anything to the press release.
“We, the Department of Labor, stand by this press release,” Hawkins said. “There is no inaccurate information.”