Las Vegas, NV July 21, 2021
Division of Industrial Relations Administrator Victoria
Carreón has appointed William Gardner as Chief Administrative Officer of the
Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) effective July 19,
2021. He will be responsible for leading the state’s efforts to ensure safe and
healthful working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and by
providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
Gardner has more than eight years of workplace safety
experience. He joined Nevada OSHA in 2017 and has served as a supervisor for
the past two years. Prior to joining Nevada OSHA, he served as a safety
specialist and manager in private industry where he was responsible for
achieving compliance with safety standards for thousands of employees at
multiple facilities on a fixed budget.
“Mr. Gardner has extensive workplace safety experience and
took a key leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic by managing intake and
resolution of an unprecedented number of workplace safety complaints,”
Administrator Carreón said. “I look forward to working with him to continue to
improve workplace safety outcomes in Nevada.”
Gardner is a Certified Safety Management Specialist. He has
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and a
Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University.
About the Division of Industrial Relations:
The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations is the principal
regulatory agency responsible for workplace safety and worker protections in
the state of Nevada. Comprised of five sections – the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration, the Worker’s Compensation Section, the Mechanical
Compliance Section, the Mine Safety and Training Section, and the Safety
Consultation and Training Section – DIR works to protect Nevada’s workforce 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 2020 – June 2021, Nevada
OSHA conducted 641 inspections and removed 11,570 Nevada workers from safety
hazards. For more information visit http://dir.nv.gov/OSHA/.
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
constitutes 50 percent of the State Plan budget. Fifty percent, or $1,602,700
of the State Plan budget, is financed through non-governmental sources.
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