No citations issued, 100 percent follow up compliance found by Division of Industrial Relations during week of September 7


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Las Vegas, NV - September 14, 2020

Improved business compliance with required health and safety directives led to no new citations being issued during the week of September 7. To date, 36 citations have been issued since the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 024 and Nevada OSHA’s Guidance for Businesses Operating in Phase 2 went into effect on June 24. 

During follow up visits conducted last week, Nevada OSHA officials found 100 percent of the 53 businesses visited were in compliance with required health and safety measures to slow community spread of COVID-19. A total of 1,322 follow up visits have been conducted.  

Division of Industrial Relations officials also conducted 380 initial observations. Overall compliance for the week of September 7 was 92 percent statewide, 88 percent in southern Nevada, and 93 percent in northern Nevada. Findings of initial visits in business categories with more than 20 observations conducted include:

  •  Restaurants, 110 observations: 99 percent compliance
  •  Convenience stores, 20 observations: 95 percent compliance
  •  Financial Institutions, 24 observations: 92 percent compliance
  •  General Retail, 54 observations: 91 percent compliance
  • Hair, Nail and Tattoo Salons, 32 observations: 88 percent compliance

Since the initial observations began, 7,740 businesses have been surveyed with a cumulative statewide compliance rate of 89 percent, 90 percent compliance in northern Nevada and 87 percent compliance in southern Nevada.

In addition to the field observation process, Nevada OSHA continues to 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. Of the 3,624 complaints received, 980 (27 percent) complaints concern general retail followed by 606 (17 percent) for restaurants and bars, and 270 (7 percent) complaints about medical facilities. 

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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