Oklahoma workers in food industries where they are exposed to refrigeration systems that work with ammonia should be informed of the health risks they are facing on a daily basis. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited a meat-processing facility for seven serious safety violations that could lead to workplace injuries. The citations include four violations related to anhydrous ammonia management.
Workers in all industries face safety hazards everyday; however, some industries have specific areas that require compliance with additional safety regulations. Employers in Oklahoma and elsewhere whose employees work in areas where chemicals and heavy machinery are present have to comply with specific safety regulations that are prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Some employers disregard these regulations in order to speed up processes and improve profitability, but such shortcuts often lead to workplace injuries that end up having an adverse effect on the company's bottom line.