Occupational Safety and Heath Administration cited Okamoto Sandusky Manufacturing LLC, on West Monroe Street, with 15 health and safety violations. This was the first OSHA inspection at the plant, and it came after OSHA received a complaint.
OSHA inspectors found 14 serious violations, including: failing to conduct inspections or training for the lockout of equipment; not developing an emergency response plan; lack of guards on rollers and conveyors; using non-approved electrical equipment in areas where flammable vapors may be present; inadequate labeling of hazardous chemical containers; and failing to provide employees with information and training for using hazardous chemicals.
The plant was also cited for not having comprehensive respiratory and hearing protection programs. The Sandusky plant manufactures vinyl products for the automotive industry.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to contest the findings and the proposed penalties.