OSHA fines Ohio plastics recycler for safety violations

New Wave Plastics cited for 13 violations at its Cleveland plant.

March 25, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Cleveland-based New Wave Plastics for 13 safety violations after finding the company lacked training and personal protective equipment at its Cleveland facility. New Wave Plastics is a recycler and supplier of plastic products.

OSHA says it received a complaint about the company in November 2013. Following the complaint, OSHA conducted an inspection of the facility and has proposed penalties totaling $51,800.

The agency cited the company with 12 serious violations that involved failing to train workers about wearing personal protective equipment, hazards associated with the use of chemicals in the work environment, forklift safety and fire extinguishers and failure to provide fire-retardant clothing.

New Wave Plastics also was cited for failing to develop a hearing conservation program, create a hazard workplace assessment and develop a hazard communication program. Combustible dust also was found.

The company also received a other-than-serious citation for not providing required information to workers on OSHA's respiratory standards.

New Wave Plastics has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.