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New Nevada OSHA Penalty Structure Begins October 1, 2019

September 24, 2019

Nevada Senate Bill 40 passed this year and on October 1, 2019, a new penalty structure goes into effect for citations issued by Nevada OSHA. Employers who receive a citation from Nevada OSHA after October 1, 2019 will see a 78% increase in fines and the bill also includes an annual cost of living increase in the structure.

Upcoming Changes to Safety Training Requirements for Convention Show Workers

September 18, 2019
This past legislative session, Senate Bill 119 passed and includes changes to 10-hour and 30-hour course training requirements for certain employees performing work at sites where exhibitions, conventions or trade shows occur in Nevada. The new requirements will start as of January 1, 2020. To help you better understand these changes we have created a Factsheet on Senate Bill 119 and the upcoming changes regarding 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA courses requirements for Convention Shows and workers.

New Workplace Violence Planning Requirements are coming for Medical Facilities

September 12, 2019

Effective July 1, 2020 certain medical facilities will have to develop and carry out a plan for the prevention of workplace violence and report incidents of workplace violence to Nevada OSHA. In addition to a written plan, certain medical facilities will be required to make physical modifications to areas that house potentially violent patients and conduct workplace violence training for affected employees.

SCATS Recognizes RHP Mechanical Systems for Renewing their Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Status

September 4, 2019
The Safety Consultation and Training Section recently recognized the Reno-based mechanical contractor, (RHP) Ray Heating Products, Inc. (dba RHP Mechanical Systems), for successful renewal of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). RHP Mechanical Systems has received the SHARP award for the past five years for excellence in workplace health and safety.

SCATS Introduces Truly “No Cost” OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Cards

July 16, 2019
The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) announced this month that as of 07/01/19, the eight dollar fee for OSHA 10/30 cards issued through SCATS has been eliminated.
The cost of OSHA classes provided by SCATS have always been free of charge, but the fee charged by the Outreach Training Centers for the production of the cards was passed on to class participants. The elimination of the fee was directed by Ray Fierro, Administrator of the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR).  

Important New OSHA Trainer Requirements Take Effect

July 11, 2019

This past Nevada legislative session included the passage of Assembly Bill 290 which includes several ramifications for the safety community. The purpose of the bill was to give employers a way to verify the validity of 10 or 30 hour OSHA construction cards presented by their employees. 

SCATS Recognizes Cintas for Renewing their Voluntary Protection Program Status

June 7, 2019
SCATS recently recognized Cintas #67 and #57F in Reno and Sparks, Nevada for successfully renewing their Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status. The VPP in Nevada recognizes employers and workers whom have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

The 2019 Trench Safety Stand Down is June 17-21

May 29, 2019
Trench collapses, or cave-ins, pose a great risk to workers’ lives. When done safely, trenching operations can reduce worker exposure to collapses and other potential hazards including falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving mobile equipment. This year's Trench Safety Stand Down is June 17-21 and all companies that want to prevent trenching and excavation hazards in the workplace are encouraged to participate.

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction - May 6-10

April 30, 2019

SCATS and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) want to remind you that May 6-10, 2019 is dedicated as National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction. Below please find more details provided by OSHA on the importance of participating in the National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction.