Division of Industrial Relations announces findings from July 13 initial and follow up compliance checks


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Las Vegas, NV - July 14, 2020

During follow up visits conducted July 13, Nevada OSHA officials found that 88 percent of the 73 businesses visited are now in compliance with required health and safety measures to slow community spread of COVID-19. A total of 147 follow up visits have been conducted. Officials opened a formal investigation at locations where ongoing noncompliance was observed. As a result, nine citations are being considered, eight in northern Nevada and one in southern Nevada. A list of businesses issued citations will be provided by the division as the investigations are formally closed. Division of Industrial Relations officials also conducted 46 initial observations on Monday with a focus on aquatic facilities, restaurants and gyms. Overall compliance for July 13 was 87 percent statewide, 90 percent in southern Nevada, and 85 percent in northern Nevada. Findings of these initial visits include:  

  • Gyms, 18 observations: 83 percent compliance
  • Restaurants, 12 observations: 92 percent compliance
  • Casino/hotel pools, 5 observations: 100 percent compliance
  • Other pools, 4 observations: 75 percent compliance
  • Water park, 1 observation: 100 percent compliance
  • Automobile sales/service, 1 observation: not in compliance
  • Other establishments, 5 observations: 100 percent compliance

Since the initial observations began, 1,797 businesses have been surveyed with a cumulative statewide compliance rate of 80 percent, 86 percent compliance in northern Nevada and 74 percent compliance in southern Nevada. Cumulative statewide compliance over the period has moved between a low of 77 percent and high of 85 percent.

In addition to the field observation process, Nevada OSHA continues respond to complaints and referrals regarding face coverings, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, and other areas of concern related to COVID-19 received by their offices.  Nearly 1,300 complaints have been received since mid-March. The majority of these complaints have been resolved through an employer inquiry and response process. In instances where the inquiry process does not provide a satisfactory response or resolution of the complaint, an investigation is opened. A notice of citation and penalty is issued to the business if a violation is found as a result of the investigation. 

Since mid-March, Nevada OSHA has issued 98 citations resulting from investigations into COVID-19 related workplace safety complaints received by their offices. Of those, 44 citations have been issued to businesses located in Reno with an average penalty amount of $4,390.  Fifty-four citations have been issued to businesses located in Las Vegas with an average penalty amount of $5,880. 

Workplace safety concerns can be filed online with Nevada OSHA at https://www.osha.gov/pls/osha7/eComplaintForm.html. 

The Division’s Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) also offers free consultations to businesses to help them understand and implement the requirements in order to comply with the health and safety guidance and directives for all businesses, and specific requirements for each industry. SCATS can be reached by calling 1-877-4SAFENV.   

About the Division of Industrial Relations: 

The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) is the principal regulatory agency responsible for workplace safety and worker protections in the state of Nevada.  Comprised of five sections –Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Workers’ Compensation Section, Mechanical Compliance Section, Mine Safety and Training Section, and the Safety Consultation and Training Section – DIR works to protect Nevada’s working men and women and provides a broad scope of training and support to the regulated community.  For more information please visit http://dir.nv.gov.

About Nevada OSHA: 

Nevada OSHA operates as an approved state program as defined by section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is required by the Act to operate in a manner that is at least as effective as the federal OSHA enforcement program.  Operating out of district offices in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada OSHA conducts inspections and investigations intended to identify hazardous conditions which could harm Nevada’s workers and enforces state and federal laws protecting the state’s workers. From July 2018 to June 2019, Nevada OSHA conducted over 1,060 inspections, issuing an average of 1.4 serious violations per inspection. The Nevada State Plan, at the time of publication of this media release, is funded by a grant of $1,486,600 federal funds, which constitutes 50 percent of the State Plan budget. Fifty percent, or $1,486,600 of the State Plan budget, is financed through non-governmental sources. For more information visit http://dir.nv.gov/OSHA/home.

 

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