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Fragrance and cosmetics maker cited by OSHA

A Cedar Grove maker of fragrances and cosmetics faces more than $50,000 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing its workers to fire and explosion hazards, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.OSHA said Tuesday that Contract Filling Inc. received eight citations after a process safety management inspection of its 10 Cliffside Drive facility. The inspection, prompted by the company’s use of flammable liquids in large quantities, found that Contract Filling had not implemented certain elements of the PSM standard.

These included process hazard analysis, operating procedures and training, and not preventing sudden start or movement of equipment during service and maintenance, OSHA said.

“The numerous safety hazards found at Contract Filling’s facility exposed employees to the dangers of potentially fatal fires, which is unacceptable,” Kris Hoffman, OSHA’s area director in the Parsippany office, said in a prepared statement. “This company must strengthen and improve its chemical safeguards to prevent a life-threatening incident.”

Contract Filling had 15 days from receipt of the citations to accept the penalty, contest it or request a meeting with OSHA officials.

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