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Victory for LA Carwash Workers in Cal/OSHA Appeals Case

Operators of two Los Angeles area carwash facilities agreed Tuesday to pay $20,000 in fines for a series of OSHA citations. Carwash workers were represented at the hearing by the Southern California COSH and other members of the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, a coalition supporting the efforts of workers to improve conditions in the carwash industry.

Hollywood Car Wash and Vermont Hand Wash were charged in a complaint by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health with a total of ten violations at the two washes, six of them classified as “serious,” meaning death or serious physical harm could result.
The carwash operators agreed to withdraw their appeal of all of the citations, and, at the urging of the workers and the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, agreed to hire a health and safety consultant to implement a training program for workers regarding the hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed at Vermont and Hollywood Carwashes. The provision for an outside training program is another example of the campaign’s innovative efforts to help workers advocate for improvements in their working conditions.

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