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Nevada OSHA: 82% of businesses overall complying with COVID-19 mandates

Violations have resulted in citations, penalties
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Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 20:16:02-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — During follow up visits conducted on July 15, Nevada OSHA officials found that 93 percent of the 192 businesses visited were in compliance with the required health and safety measures to slow community spread of COVID-19.

However, the Division of Industrial Relations also announced that ongoing violation of required health and safety measures has resulted in Nevada OSHA issuing notices of citation and penalty to the following businesses:

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A notice was also provided to each business indicating that in the event of future non-compliance, the administrator may issue an order requiring the company to cease all activity at that location until the business has established and implemented operating procedures to comply with the requirements.

The citations were issued after officials reported they observed non-compliance with one or more requirements of the general and industry-specific guidance and directives during the initial and follow-up observations.

Employers were provided notice and a request for compliance during the first visit. Upon observation of ongoing non-compliance during a follow-up visit, a formal investigation was opened with the employer.

Results released for Monday's inspections of pools, water parks, restaurants more

Since initial observations to determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures began, officials say they have visited 2,257 business establishments in Northern and Southern Nevada.

And, as of July 15, the overall compliance rate for all business sectors statewide stood at 82 percent, with an 86 percent compliance rate in Northern Nevada, and 80 percent in Southern Nevada.

Additionally, businesses with the lowest rates of compliance include:

-Water parks - 5 observations: 40 percent compliance
-Casino-hotel pools - 28 observations: 54 percent compliance
-Bars and restaurant lounges - 303 observations: 59 percent compliance
-Home improvement - 40 observations: 68 percent compliance
-Pools - 12 observations: 75 percent compliance

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A wide range of business establishments has been visited, including large and small retail, financial institutions, gaming, gyms, bars and restaurants, convenience stores, pharmacies, and automobile sales and service.

80% of Nevada businesses complying with COVID-19 mandates

Officials say initial visits include checks for compliance with all published directives and guidance, including industry-specific guidance issued under the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan.

More information about general and industry-specific guidance can be found on the Nevada Health Response here and from the Division of Industrial Relations here.