LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Improved business compliance with required health and safety directives led to no new citations being issued during the week of Sept. 7, according to the state.
To date, 36 citations have been issued since the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 024 and Nevada OSHA’s Guidance for Businesses Operating in Phase 2 went into effect on June 24.
During follow up visits conducted last week, Nevada OSHA officials found 100% of 53 businesses visited were in compliance with required health and safety measures to slow community spread of COVID-19. A total of 1,322 follow up visits have been conducted.
Division of Industrial Relations officials also conducted 380 initial observations. Overall compliance for the week of Sept. 7 was 92% statewide, 88% in southern Nevada, and 93% in northern Nevada. Findings of initial visits in business categories with more than 20 observations conducted include:
- Restaurants, 110 observations: 99% compliance
- Convenience stores, 20 observations: 95% compliance
- Financial Institutions, 24 observations: 92% compliance
- General Retail, 54 observations: 91% compliance
- Hair, Nail, and Tattoo Salons, 32 observations: 88% compliance
Since the initial observations began, 7,740 businesses have been surveyed with a cumulative statewide compliance rate of 89%, 90% compliance in northern Nevada, and 87% compliance in southern Nevada.
In addition to the field observation process, Nevada OSHA continues to 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 3,624 complaints received, 980 (27%) complaints concern general retail followed by 606 (17%) for restaurants and bars, and 270 (7%) complaints about medical facilities.
Workplace safety concerns can be filed online with Nevada OSHA at osha.gov.
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.