City of Henderson
Tyson Hollis - Safety Manager
City of Henderson is the second-largest city in Nevada. As far as employees, we’re over 1,800 employees here in the city and over a hundred facilities around the valley. Our job - we have two safety officers and myself as the safety manager. We split up different divisions and we specialize in it for maybe Fire, Police, Public Works, Parks and Recreation - each one of us focuses on what our talents kind of best suit for those divisions and then our goal is, of course, to reduce injuries in the workplace and make sure that we're regulatory compliant. We use SCATS for quite a few things. Currently, we're going towards the Safe Partner Award - so with that, we're doing inspections all over the city for many of our facilities - so we use their inspection services and their consultation services to identify hazards in the workplace, and then help us make our program better. We also use their training for a lot of city employees. They go down to their green valley office and they take classes to further their safety education. We identify things that, maybe with another set of eyes, that we hadn't noticed before because there's a knowledge base with their staff that adds to what our knowledge base here is with our staff. But it also helps to kind of familiarize workers with consultation and maybe take some negative stereotypes they have for OSHA as a whole and make them realize that they're more of a partner. I would strongly encourage them to use safety consultation and training. I would just tell them that realize that they are separate from the enforcement side and that they bring a great benefit to you to identify hazards in the workplace, and I'd also tell them to make sure that they get familiar with the OSHA inspectors themselves, as people, and use their talents, and kind of fill in the gaps of the knowledge that you have in your staff.