$154,199 in Proposed Penalities for Inadequate Sanitation and Respiratory Protection

CONCORD, NH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ocean State Job Lot for repeat and serious violations at a Stratham, New Hampshire, store. The retailer – based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island – faces a total of $154,199 in penalties for ineffective sanitation and respirator protections for store employees.

OSHA cited Ocean State Job Lot for failing to keep employee work areas free of vermin feces and urine, and institute a continuing and effective extermination program. OSHA cited the company for the same hazards in March 2019. OSHA also cited Ocean State for failing to provide respirator training, fit testing, and medical evaluations for employees required to use respirators while cleaning up vermin waste.

"Employers are required to maintain worksites in a sanitary condition and keep areas free from conditions which have the potential to harbor vermin," said OSHA Concord Area Director Rosemarie O. Cole.

OSHA's Respirator Protection eTool provides information on medical requirements, maintenance and care of respirators, and fit testing.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

[Read the news release on OSHA's website]

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