Ohio Manufacturer Faces $331K in Fines for Excessive Noise, Other Workplace Hazards

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Polystar Inc. – doing business as Polystar Containment – for exposing employees to excessive noise after 12 employees’ audiograms indicated mild to moderate hearing loss at its manufacturing plant in Stow, Ohio. The company faces penalties totaling $331,490.

OSHA reported it conducted an inspection of the facility in response to a complaint. Investigators determined that the company failed to implement an audiometric testing program to monitor employee hearing loss, and controls to reduce noise levels; use machine guards; provide adequate respiratory protection; remove damaged forklifts from use; train workers on hazardous communication; and store flammable materials properly.
The company has 15 working days from the receipt of citations and penalties, requesting an informal conference with OSHA’s regional director or discussing findings before the Independent Commission on Health and Safety Review.

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