US Department of Laborâ€™s OSHA cites Georgia-based Exide Technologies for
repeated, serious violation of exposing workers to dangerous levels of lead at Frisco facility
FRISCO, Texas (August 4, 2011) â€“ The U.S. Department of Laborâ€™s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Exide Technologies for one serious and one repeat violation at the companyâ€™s battery recycling facility on South Fifth Street in Frisco. OSHA initiated a Feb. 7 safety and health inspection after receiving a referral that alleged workers were being exposed to lead while recycling lead batteries. Proposed penalties total $77,000.
The repeat violation was cited for failing to prevent exposure to lead at concentrations greater than 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an eight-hour period, and failing to implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce and maintain employeesâ€™ exposure to lead.
A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. OSHA cited the companyâ€™s Fort Smith, Ark., facility in June 2008 and its Laureldale, Pa., facility in January 2009 for similar violations with proposed penalties of $36,600 and $52,400, respectively.
Read detailed information on the hazards of working with lead on OSHAâ€™s website