OSHA Proposes $90,000 in Fines to PPG
for Safety Violations

December 19, 2011

By Sahely Mukerji, smukerji@glass.com

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries' Barberton, Ohio, specialty chemicals plant was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for four safety violations with proposed fines of $90,000. "Contrary to OSHA Region 5's public announcement, PPG's Cleveland, Ohio, coatings plant is not associated with these citations," according to a PPG statement.

"An inspection was initiated September 26 after OSHA received a complaint alleging the use of an unguarded winder machine in the facility Teslin department, which resulted in the citation for the willful violation," according to a December 15 OSHA announcement. "A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the laws requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health."

PPG intends to review this matter through an informal conference with OSHA's area director, according to the PPG statement.
"PPG recognizes its responsibility to provide safe, healthful workplaces and to preserve and protect the global environment in which the company operates. To this end, we run our businesses using sound environment, health, safety and product stewardship practices, and we communicate with the public and support the communities in which we operate."

Located in the cities of Barberton and Norton, Ohio, PPG Barberton produces specialty chemicals, including optical products, precipated silica and Teslin. The plant began operation in 1900 as the company's first chemicals site, producing soda ash for glassmaking operations. The site currently employs about 140 people.

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