Jess Lankford named chief administrative officer of Nevada OSHA

Las Vegas, NV - August 20, 2014

Division 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.

Lankford 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 representative.

“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.”

Lankford 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

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 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 Winnemucca.



Teri Williams
Public Information Officer
(702) 486-0407