Las Vegas, NV November 30, 2020
for violation of required COVID-19 workplace health and safety measures was
issued last week by the Division of Industrial Relations’ Nevada Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Agency officials monitor and enforce compliance
through in-field observations and through investigations opened in response to
complaints and referrals filed with OSHA.
Owens Market & Ace
Hardware- 924 Bush
Street, Carlin, NV 89822; Inspection #: 1503106; Penalty: $2,603; Violation
Summary: Employee not wearing a facing covering
was issued after officials observed noncompliance with one or more requirements
of general and industry-specific guidance and directives. A formal
investigation was opened with the employer during which time the violations
were substantiated and a notice of citation of penalty was issued.
OSHA has 18 active inspections related to noncompliance. Citations may be
issued to these businesses if the violations are found to be substantiated
during the investigatory process.
Nevada OSHA has issued a total of 188 notices of citation and
penalty related to violations of required COVID-19 health and safety measures
in effect since mid-March. The citations have been issued as a result of both
the employer observation process as well as through the investigation of employee
complaints or public referrals.
Since observations began
in late-June 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 10,303 initial
visits at business establishments finding a cumulative 89 percent statewide
compliance rate, a 91 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada and 88 percent
compliance in southern Nevada.
During the week beginning
November 21, officials conducted 33 initial visits finding a 100 percent
compliance rate statewide.
Findings: Follow Up
Since observations to
determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures began, DIR
officials have conducted 2,253 follow up visits finding a 96 percent statewide
compliance rate with a 97 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada, and 93
percent in the south.
During the week beginning
November 21, officials conducted 56 follow up visits finding 100 percent compliance
in northern Nevada and 75 percent compliance in southern Nevada.
In addition to the field observation process,
Nevada OSHA responds to complaints from employees and referrals from the public
regarding face coverings, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, and
other areas of concern related to COVID-19 received by their offices. Of the 4,902
complaints received, 28 percent of the complaints concern general retail
followed by 17 percent for restaurants and bars, 8 percent about medical
facilities, 6 percent concern casinos and gaming and 5 percent about grocery
The top five zip codes for complaints,
(Reno), 265 complaints
(Las Vegas/Unincorporated Clark Co.), 218 complaints
(Sparks), 177 complaints
(Unincorporated Clark Co.) 160 complaints
(Sparks), 139 complaints
Additional complaint data is available
on the Division’s observation and complaint data dashboard. A link to the dashboard can be found on the
homepage of the Division’s website http://dir.nv.gov.
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.
Information for Employers
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.
the Division of Industrial Relations:
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.
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. The Nevada
State Plan, at the time of publication of this media release, is funded by a
grant of $1,602,700 federal funds, which is matched by $1,602,700 in state
funding. An additional $6,182,619 in state funds are used to support Nevada
OSHA. The total program budget is $9,388,019.For more information visit