Division of Industrial Relations announces September 21-26 initial and follow up compliance observations

Las Vegas, NV September 28, 2020

During initial observations conducted September 21 through 26, Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) officials found that 90 percent of the 359 businesses visited were compliant with required health and safety measures to slow community spread of COVID-19. Initial visits during this time period were focused primarily on bars and restaurants.

Industry compliance for business types with 10 or more observations were as follows:

  • General Retail, 18 observations- 67 percent
  • Bars, 103 observations- 86 percent
  • Hair/ Nail/ Tattoo Salons, 10 observations- 90 percent
  • Other, 57 observations- 91 percent
  • Real Estate, 13 observations- 92 percent
  • Restaurants, 98 observations- 94 percent
  • Medical, 16 observations- 100 percent
  • Financial Institutions, 10 observations- 100 percent
A total of 8,507 initial visits have been conducted since the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 24 went into effect with an overall compliance rate of 89 percent. In northern Nevada, 4,276 businesses have been observed with a 90 percent rate of compliance, while 4,231 initial observations in southern Nevada found 87 percent compliance.  

Officials also conducted 124 follow up visits, 97 of those were conducted in northern Nevada and found a 100 percent compliance rate. In southern Nevada, 27 follow up visits were conducted with a 56 percent compliance rate. Repeated observed violations may result in the opening of an investigation in order to substantiate the observed violative conditions and may lead to the issuance of a Notice of Citation and Penalty.

A total of 1,568 follow up visits have been conducted statewide, resulting in a cumulative compliance rate of 95 percent, with 97 percent overall compliance in northern Nevada and 92 percent in the south.

No citations were issued as a result of the observation process last week.

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. More than 3,700 complaints have been received since mid-March. The majority of these complaints are 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. An in-field inspection can also be initiated when violations of standard or regulation are alleged in addition to COVID concerns.  A notice of citation and penalty is issued to the business if a violation is found as a result of the investigation.   

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.