of Industrial Relations Administrator Don Soderberg recently appointed Jess
Lankford as Chief Administrative Officer of the Nevada OSHA section. He will be responsible for managing internal
and external relationships with private and public employers and employees
statewide to regulate and promote workplace safety. The appointment is effective August 18.
has more than 14 years of practical field experience in the areas of workplace
safety and compliance. Prior to his appointment, he served as program
coordinator with Nevada OSHA where he managed the Voluntary Protection Program
(VPP). He also served as a senior safety
specialist with both the Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) and
Nevada OSHA in northern and southern Nevada.
Previously, he worked in private industry as a health and safety
“Jess has a wealth of workplace
safety experience in all corners of the State,” said
Soderberg. “I look forward to
working with him to create an environment where the promotion of workplace
safety and facilitation of a positive business climate go hand-in-hand.”
is a certified Safety and Health Practitioner with the State of Nevada Safety
Consultation and Training Section (SCATS). He has completed more than 540 hours
of technical and supervisory training with the Department of Labor Occupational
Training Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and
Health from Columbia Southern University.
About Nevada OSHA
The State of Nevada, under an agreement with
Federal OSHA, operates an occupational safety and health program in accordance
with Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Initial
approval of the Nevada State Plan was published on January 4, 1974, and final
approval was published on April 18, 2000. The Nevada State Plan applies to all
public and private sector employers in the State, with some exceptions,
including, but not limited to Federal employees, the United States Postal
Service (USPS), private sector maritime, employment on Indian lands, and areas
of exclusive Federal jurisdiction.
About the Division of Industrial Relations
of the Division of Industrial Relations, an agency of the Department of
Business and Industry, is to promote the health and safety of Nevada employees
and ensure injured employees receive all benefits to which they are entitled.
The Division includes the following sections: Workers’ Compensation,
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Training,
and Safety Consultation and Training. The
Division maintains offices in Carson City, Henderson, and Reno, with additional
offices for the Mine Safety and Training Section in Elko, Tonopah, and