The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a global electric vehicle battery manufacturer for health and safety hazards.

OSHA cited the company with six serious violations and one other-than-serious violation after finding the company:

  • Subjected employees to continuous noise levels exceeding the 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 A-weighted decibels by not developing a monitoring program, nor establishing an audiometric testing program, including a valid baseline audiogram.
  • Exposed employees working with cobalt, nickel and manganese to respiratory hazards by failing to complete a workplace hazard assessment; ensure employees were given clean, disinfected and sanitary respirators; and store respirators properly to protect them from material contamination.
  • Failed to make certain that people working with corrosive materials had access to eyewash stations and emergency showers. 
  • Left workers handling bags of nickel powder vulnerable to respiratory hazards by not providing feasible administrative or engineering controls to reduce exposure levels.