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Section: 57.20014
Date: 11/23/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: Toxic materials and chemicals are being stored in the kitchen and the Mine Managers Office at the mine. A bottle of Clorox bleach was stored against the coffee pot in the Mine Managers Office and a stain remover (GooGone) and a box of insect foggers were stored under the sink area adjacent to the refrigerator in the kitchen area of the scale house. These areas are accessed daily by mine personnel. This exposes the miner to the hazard of inadvertently ingesting toxic materials which could result in injuries.

Action to Terminate: Moved the bleach.

Why this concerns you: Self-explanatory.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

Taken this standard literally, we are in trouble.
Everything is toxic if taken in sufficient quanity - that is a given. Under this standard, just having food in an area exposed to normal air, cleaning materials, windex, lysol, or what not, is a violation.
- posted on 11/23/2010

IF this citation is true, then expect a rash of illnesses. No food can be consumed in an area exposed to a toxic chemical. Bleach is now, by this citation, a toxic chemical.

Thus, any room that has ever been cleaned with Chlorox, or a counter that has been cleaned with Ajax, cannot ever be used for eating or storing food. Any building with a pest control service is also illegal for having a break area.

If you spray Lysol to disenfect a counter, or clean a refridgerator, you can no longer store food there.

- posted on 11/23/2010

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Regarding "IF this citation is true...."

As asked of all citations submitted to this website, the above is true and written verbatum. In this particular case, it has been verified.
- posted on 11/24/2010

I have reviewed this citation on my website, www.safeproinc,com. It is bogus!
Frank Adkins
- posted on 11/30/2010

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