OSHA has cited Cleveland Brothers Inc. — doing business as CB HYMAC — for exposing workers to hexavalent chromium fumes and other safety hazards at the company's shop in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company, which provides hydraulic service and repair, machining and chroming services, for one willful violation and 18 serious and two other-than-serious citations. The company faces $280,874 in penalties.

OSHA initiated an investigation in July after receiving a complaint of overexposure to the toxic chemical. OSHA also cited the company for failing to train employees on the hazards of hexavalent chromium and maintain a respiratory protection program.

"Occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium can result in significant adverse health effects for employees," said David Olah, OSHA's Harrisburg Area director. "Engineering controls must be implemented and affected employees must be trained to recognize the hazards of this toxic chemical."

The company 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.