Joulé Clinical & Scientific Staffing Solutions, a division of System One, and Bentley Laboratories, a New Jersey manufacturer who employed temporary workers supplied by Joulé, have both been cited by OSHA for exposing temporary workers to chemical, noise and machine hazards.
Bentley manufactures products for the beauty and pharmaceutical industries, and had as many as 50 temporary workers on site at their facility in Edison.
In response to a complaint, OSHA initiated an investigation and ultimately cited Bentley Laboratories for 14 serious violations including failure to:
- train workers on chemical hazards,
- maintain a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise,
- develop procedures and training to control potentially hazardous energy,
- properly guard machines to prevent amputations.
Joulé was cited for three serious violations involving the lack of a hazardous communication program, and training related to hazardous chemicals and energy-control procedures.
OSHA defines a "serious violation" as a situation where there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
"We see these kinds of violations frequently, especially in the case of temporary workers," said Patricia Jones, director of OSHA's Avenel Area Office. "Both the hiring company and the staffing agency are legally responsible for the safety and health of their workers."
Each company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.