Las Vegas August 31, 2020
the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) has announced that violation of required
workplace health and safety measures has resulted in Nevada OSHA issuing
notices of citation and penalty to the following businesses during the week
beginning August 24:
Ahern Hotel and Convention Center
300 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
630 North Easter Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101
details of the citations issued to two Elko businesses last week that were not named
by the division in last week’s media release include: AutoZone, Inc., 1300
Mountain City Highway ($9,694) and Verizon Wireless, 1302 Mountain City
Highway, Suite 102A ($3,470).
citations have been issued since the face covering mandate was put into effect
on June 24 via Emergency Directive 024, resulting in proposed penalties totaling
Graley Tire citation was issued after officials observed noncompliance with one
or more requirements of general and industry-specific guidance and directives
during both an initial observation and a follow up visit by division officials.
The employer was provided a notice and a request for compliance during the
first visit. Upon observation of ongoing noncompliance during a follow up
visit, a formal investigation was opened with the employer. In addition, a
notice was provided indicating that in the event of future noncompliance, the
Administrator may issue an order requiring the business to cease all activity
at that location during this state of emergency under NRS 618.545(1) until the
business has established and implemented operating procedures to comply with the
Ahern Hotel and Convention Center citation was issued after an investigation
was initiated as a result of a referral.
observations began to determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures
under the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 024 and Nevada OSHA’s
Guidance for Roadmap to Recovery, DIR officials have conducted 6,971 initial
visits at business establishments, finding a cumulative 88 percent statewide
compliance rate, a 90 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada and 87 percent
compliance in southern Nevada.
the week beginning August 24, officials conducted 358 initial visits across the
state at a wide range of business sectors finding a 92 percent compliance rate statewide,
92 percent in northern Nevada and 90 percent in southern Nevada.
with compliance rates below the statewide average of 92 percent during the week
beginning August 24 include: Sparks, 86 percent; Las Vegas, 87 percent and Fallon,
87 percent compliance.
that scored a 100 percent compliance rate for initial observations during the
week beginning August 24 include Fernley, Gardnerville, Henderson, Lovelock,
Mound House, New Washoe City North Las Vegas, Stateline and Virginia City.
observation compliance rates for business sectors during the week beginning
August 24 include:
Grooming- 33 percent
Estate- 33 percent
Sales and Service- 83 percent
Cleaning- 83 percent
Nail, Tattoo Salons- 91 percent
Follow Up Observations
observations to determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures
began, DIR officials have conducted 1,116 follow up visits finding a 95 percent
statewide compliance rate with a 96 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada,
and 94 percent in the south.
the week beginning August 24, officials conducted 179 follow up visits finding
a 95 percent compliance rate statewide.
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. Of the 3,255 complaint filed, the largest percentage of complaints
concern general retail, 27 percent and restaurants and bars, 16 percent.
of 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. A notice of citation
and penalty is issued to the business if a violation is found as a result of
Workplace health and safety
complaints can be reported to the Division by filing an online complaint at https://www.osha.gov/pls/osha7/eComplaintForm.html.
Important Information for Employers
Employers should note that the
Nevada OSHA’s Guidance for Businesses Operating in Phase 2 of Nevada United:
Roadmap to Recovery Plan (latest update published on July 29) can be found
at http://dir.nv.gov. The updated document states that Nevada
OSHA does not recognize face shields as an alternative to or as an effective
“face covering” as required by section 4 of Nevada Declaration of Emergency
Directive 024. The face covering must effectively control the breathing zone
and restrain any expelled or exhaled water droplets within the covering. Industry-specific
guidance and links to all of the Emergency Directives can be found at http://NVHealthResponse.nv.gov.
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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