Those supplies had been sterilized with a toxic gas called ethylene oxide at the Sterigenics facility in Cobb County, about 12 miles to the northeast.
A lawsuit filed in Cobb County on Wednesday on behalf of Pittman and 52 other ConMed employees argues that those medical products were not properly aired out before being ferried to the ConMed warehouse.
As a result, the supplies released unsafe levels of ethylene oxide into the air at the warehouse — exposing workers to a known carcinogen for years.
In a Notification of Penalty letter, the federal agency says the company exposed workers to concentrations of ethylene oxide above permissible limits.
OSHA sets the safe levels for workers exposed to ethylene oxide on the job.

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