of Industrial Relations Administrator Don Soderberg recently appointed John
Wanamaker as Chief Administrative Officer of Nevada Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) and Randy Jewett as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of
the Division’s Mechanical Section.
Mechanical Section, previously part of Nevada OSHA, was established as a
stand-alone entity during the last legislative session. This will allow the
Division to better focus on the unique safety issues related to boilers,
pressure vessels, elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, personnel hoists,
and other related equipment. Stakeholders will be better served by
working more closely with the free-standing Mechanical Section which can only
serve to enhance public safety.
John Wanamaker, Nevada
the OSHA Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), John Wanamaker is responsible for
managing internal and external relationships with private and public employers
and employees statewide to regulate and promote workplace safety. He has served as the acting CAO since July 2013. Prior to that, he served as a safety and health
trainer with the State of Nevada and training coordinator with Nevada
OSHA. Previously, he held a number of
positions with the State of Washington including safety compliance inspector
has more than 30 years of practical field experience in the areas of workplace
safety and compliance. He possesses extensive experience in the development and
implementation of training programs both in the classroom and in the
field. He is a certified Safety and
Health Practitioner with the State of Nevada Safety Consultation and Training
Section (SCATS) and a designated Associate Safety and Health Manager from the
Institute of Safety and Health Management. He has attended more than 2000 hours of technical and supervisory training.
Mechanical Section CAO
Jewett’s appointment was effective February 10. Prior to his appointment, he was the
Construction and Modernization Manager at ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company in Salt
Lake City, UT where he oversaw personnel, projects, budgets and inspections.
Previously he was the Mechanic-in-Charge at ThyssenKrupp in Las Vegas and
Mechanic at Dover Elevator in Salt Lake City.
He completed his apprenticeship training in Salt Lake City.
has more than 35 years in the elevator industry. He is a certified OSHA-500
Trainer for Construction, holds an elevator mechanic license in both Nevada and
Utah, and is a 42 year member of I.U.E.C. with over 80,000 hours vested. He previously served as a member of the State
of Utah Elevator Advisory Board.
About the Division of Industrial Relations
The mission 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 units: Workers’
Compensation, Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine
Safety and Training Section (MSATS), Safety Consultation and Training Section
(SCATS) and the Mechanical Section. The Division maintains offices in Carson
City, Henderson, and Reno, with additional offices for the Mine Safety and
Training Section in Elko, Tonopah, and Winnemucca.
About NV 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.