The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the Division of Industrial Relations is urging Nevada employers to establish and implement a heat illness prevention program as the temperatures in Nevada begin to rise.
Every year, thousands of workers suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not quickly treated, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, killing an average of 30 workers annually since 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces StandardsApril 13, 2017
General Industry - Subpart D: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevations continue to be the leading cause of death for construction employees. In 2015, 350 of 937 construction fatalities were recorded from falls (BLS data). All of these deaths were preventable. OSHA's National Fall Protection Stand-Down raises awareness about fall hazards across the country in an effort to stop fall injuries and deaths.
For more information about OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down for Fall Protection visit them here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.
For the thirteenth consecutive year, Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations has designated April as Hispanic Safety Month. As Nevada’s Hispanic workforce continues to steadily increase, safety on the job remains an important issue for the state’s employers. To help promote the significance of workplace safety, especially among Hispanic employees, SCATS will dedicate the month of April to highlight and support the well-being of Nevada’s Hispanic workforce.
SCATS will host the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Pacific Coast Safety Fest for Region IX on March 6-10 at their offices in Henderson. The Pacific Coast Safety Fest is a free, informative seminar designed to enhance workplace safety. Attendees receive credit for authorized OSHA Education Center classes and a certificate of attendance for all classes. The SCATS team will lead sections of the seminars including Heat Illness Prevention and will present on the free and confidential consultation and safety services SCATS offers to assist businesses in Nevada to be in compliance with OSHA standards. In addition, 10Hr Construction and 10Hr General Industry classes will take place at the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas.
The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations recognized Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. in Henderson, Nev. on February 8, 2017 for their successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). After working diligently with Nevada SCATS, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. was awarded this certification for demonstrating their commitment to workplace safety.
The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations recognized Nature’s Bakery in Carson City on February 6, 2017 for their successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). While in the program, Nature’s Bakery has seen tremendous success in its Carson City production facility’s safety programs. The Company has been able to reduce the employee incident rate down to one-third of the average rate within their industry.
The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada Division of Industrial Relations recognized PetersenDean Roofing and Solar at their North Las Vegas location on February 1, 2017 with the Safe Partner Award for their continued efforts in workplace health and safety. This award recognizes businesses that work closely with SCATS to increase both employer and employee knowledge of the value of safety in the workplace. The Safe Partner Award is an elite program and is only awarded to four businesses per year out of the 50,000 employers in the State of Nevada.
On January 24, 2017 SCATS honored American Buildings Company (ABC) in Carson City for their successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). This award highlights ABC’s dedication to creating a safe and healthy workplace for its employees.