Las Vegas, NV November 16, 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.
Basalite Concrete Products, LLC- 2500 Boeing Way, Carson City, NV 89706;
Penalty: $5,162; Violation Summary: Employee not wearing a face 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.
Nevada OSHA has issued a total of 182 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 10,019 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 9, officials conducted 257 initial visits across the state at a wide
range of business sectors finding a 99 percent compliance rate statewide.
Findings: Follow Up
Since observations to
determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures began, DIR
officials have conducted 2,039 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 9, officials conducted 89 follow up visits finding 100 percent statewide
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
The top five zip codes for complaints,
(Reno), 265 complaints
(Las Vegas), 218 complaints
(Sparks), 177 complaints
(Las Vegas), 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.
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. For more information visit http://dir.nv.gov/OSHA/home.