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IOSHA fines Arcelor Indiana Harbor $10,000 for lead cadmium violations

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ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor has been fined $10,000 by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after IOSHA found that an operator at the Main Stack Baghouse was exposed to unacceptably high levels of both lead and cadmium dust.

Each violation will cost ArcelorMittal $5,000 and must be abated by Sept. 5, IOSHA said in an order issued on June 4.

According to IOSHA, in an inspection conducted on April 29, a baghouse operator was exposed to lead dust over an eight-hour period in an amount approximately 20 times higher than the permissible exposure limit. Type of violation: serious. Fine: $5,000.

Related violations also deemed serious by IOSHA but not fined:

--“Engineering controls were not effective when equipment such as, but not limited to, screw conveyors and spouts on chambers were not maintained.”

--“Contaminated protective clothing to be cleaned, laundered, or disposed of was not placed in a closed container to prevent dispersion of lead outside the container. Employees were potentially exposed to lead in non-regulated areas when employees disposed of refuse in an uncovered metal box which contained white Tyvek suits which were used as personal protective equipment in lead regulated areas.”

--“The employer did not ensure that labels of bags or containers of contaminated protective clothing and equipment include the following information: “DANGER: CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD. MAY DAMAGE FERTILITY OR THE UNBORN CHILD. CAUSES DAMAGE TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. DO NOT EAT, DRINK, OR SMOKE WHEN HANDLING. DO NOT REMOVE DUST BY BLOWING OR SHAKING.”

Also found in the April 29 inspection, a baghouse operator was exposed to cadmium dust over an eight-hour period in an amount approximately 14 times higher than the permissible exposure limit. Type of violation: serious. Fine: $5,000.

Related violations similarly deemed serious by IOSHA but not fined:

--“The employer did not implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce and maintain employee exposure to cadmium at or below the permissible exposure limit.”

--“The employer did not ensure that cadmium-contaminated protective clothing and equipment, when removed for laundering, cleaning, maintenance, or disposal, were placed and stored in sealed, impermeable bags or other closed impermeable containers that are designed to prevent dispersion of cadmium dust.”

--“The warning for labels of containers of contaminated protective clothing, equipment, waste, scrap, or debris did not include at least the following information: DANGER. CONTAINS CADMIUM. MAY CAUSE CANCER. CAUSES DAMAGE TO LUNGS AND KIDNEYS. AVOID CREATING DUST.”

ArcelorMittal must pay the two fines or otherwise appeal the orders within 15 working days of receiving them. “Abatement does not constitute payment of penalties,” IOSHA noted.

 

 

Posted 6/19/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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