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August 16, 2012
Bad hair day for product biz as OSHA alleges violations

OSHA has cited Zoto’s International, Inc. with 44 alleged serious violations at the company’s Geneva manufacturing plant.

The business, which makes hair-care products, faces $233,000 in fines for a variety of chemical, mechanical, and electrical hazards. The inspection was conducted by OSHA’s Syracuse area office.

Inspectors found numerous instances of unguarded moving machine parts, such as saws, nip points, pinch pints, and rotating parts.

Electrical hazards included unguarded live parts and improper wiring.

Also cited were a blocked exit door, flammable liquids, blocked aisles, and a lack of lockout/tagout procedures.

Health hazards included overexposure to methylene chloride and failing to label containers of hazardous chemicals.

OSHA Area Director Christopher Adams said the conditions exposed workers to the dangers of electrocution, lacerations, amputation, fire, hazardous chemicals, and the inability to exit in case of an emergency.

"The sizable fines proposed here reflect the breadth and seriousness of the hazards identified during our inspections. These conditions must be effectively corrected for the safety and health of the workers,” said Adams.

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