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Madison ice cream plant cited for violating multiple safety standards after federal investigators respond to report of ammonia release

OSHA cites Schoep’s Ice Cream for 12 violations, proposes $145K in penalties

MADISON, WI ‒ Responding to a report of workers being exposed to anhydrous ammonia, federal investigators found a Madison ice cream plant lacked sufficient process safety management procedures to control the release of hazardous chemicals. Exposure to anhydrous ammonia, used in the refrigeration process, can cause respiratory injuries and burns to the skin and eyes. 

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined 

AJLS Enterprises Inc. ‒ operating as Schoep’s Ice Cream ‒ failed to document that equipment was being operated consistent with best engineering processes, update processes following audits and respond to changes in the process.

“Employers must continually evaluate their engineering processes and train workers on how to safely operate equipment,” explained OSHA Area Director Chad Greenwood in Madison, Wisconsin. “Every employer should embrace safety and health as a core value in their establishment.”

OSHA issued 12 serious citations and proposed $145,097 in penalties. In addition to insufficient process safety procedures, OSHA noted multiple safety and health violations including:            

In 2022, OSHA established a regional emphasis program for the food manufacturing industry to address multiple hazards. Learn more about OSHA, industry-recognized process safety management procedures and the national emphasis program on amputation hazards

AJLS Enterprises 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

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Occupational Safety & Health Administration
January 29, 2024
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