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H-D plants reopen after chemical concern

Benzene levels meet OSHA limits

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 27, 2010
Harley-Davidson plants in York, Pa., and Kansas City, Mo., have reopened after a temporary closure due to a possible chemical hazard.

Paint operations at both facilities were shut down April 21 after a paint supplier notified Harley-Davidson that its product may contain benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. Full production was halted a day later as the supply of painted parts grew lower.

Both plants were tested and the benzene exposure levels were found to be well below the Occupational Safety Health Administration’s safety limits.

Paint shop employees were back at work over the weekend at both facilities to prepare enough parts for full production to resume on April 26. Workers will not be paid for the time off from the temporary plant closures.