OSHA cites Oakdale company for health violations
OAKDALE- A flavoring manufacturer in Oakdale has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a fire last year severely burned a worker.
OSHA cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious violations at the facility, totaling $91,000 in proposed penalties.
OSHA says the violations include overexposure to methylene chloride; failing to provide each worker with an appropriate respirator; and failing to implement procedures to detect chemical leaks. OSHA says workers also were exposed to numerous safety violations.
Natural Advantage employs about 90 workers.
The company makes different food and drink flavorings.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Baton Rouge area director, or contest the findings.