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Symrise Faces OSHA Fines

Employees exposed to diacetyl, say regulators.


By: Tom Branna

Symrise Faces OSHA Fines

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $122,000 in penalties for a Branchburg flavoring and fragrance manufacturer following a post-injury inspection, it announced yesterday. OSHA said it cited Symrise Inc. for two willful and 10 serious violations after the June inspection. The willful violations were related to exposure to diacetyl, a chemical linked to respiratory illness and organ damage, the agency said.

“When employees are exposed to certain airborne flavorings like diacetyl, they are more likely to develop respiratory symptoms such as cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing with exertion or exercise,” Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office, said in a prepared statement. “Symrise is putting its employees at risk of long-term, chronic illness by not taking the right steps to provide protection from this hazard.”

Other violations included alleged hazards related to confined spaces and equipment startup procedures.

“Employers have a legal obligation to ensure workers have a safe and healthy workplace, and will be held accountable when they fail to do so,” Jones said.

Symrise had 15 days from receipt of the citations to accept or contest them, or request a meeting with OSHA officials.

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