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OSHA Proposes Fine Against Rollinsford Manufacturer For Workers' Toxic Chemical Exposure

The U.S. Labor Department's OSHA division is proposing a fine of nearly $64,000 against a New Hampshire manufacturer of acrylic and wooden sign holders and displays, saying workers were overexposed to a toxic chemical.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections stemming from December say M.F. Blouin of Rollinsford lacked controls to reduce the exposure to methylene chloride and failed to provide respirators, proper eye and face protection and medical surveillance.

The company had paid $21,000 in fines for earlier inspections that resulted in citations involving chemical safety. The December inspection was a follow-up.

OSHA says exposure to methylene chloride can result in lightheadedness, mental confusion, nausea, vomiting and headaches.

The company didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday. It has 15 days to respond.

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