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Silica Standard Updates go into Effect this Month

June 20, 2018

For General Industry Employers

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone.

Workplace Violence - Preparation and Training for Emergencies

June 4, 2018

The news is filled with workplace violence incidences on an all too regular basis. Preparing for an emergency in the workplace is a daunting task, but thorough planning and training can be the difference between life and death if an emergency happens at your business.

General Industry Fall Protection Standards Subparts D & I

May 22, 2018

Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems to better protect workers in general industry from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements.

The rule affects a wide range of workers, from painters to warehouse workers. It does not change construction or agricultural standards.

What is an effective Safety & Health Management System?

May 22, 2018

Employers are advised and encouraged to institute and maintain in their establishments a program which provides systematic policies, procedures, and practices that are adequate to recognize and protect their employees from occupational safety and health hazards.

An effective program includes provisions for the systematic identification, evaluation, and prevention or control of general workplace hazards, specific job hazards, and potential hazards which may arise from foreseeable conditions.

National Safety Stand-Down For Fall Protection May 7-11, 2018

April 2, 2018

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

Quick View of Ladder Safety Requirements under the new 29 CFR 1910.23

April 2, 2018

Falls from ladders account for 20 percent of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry.

The new rule includes requirements to protect workers from falling off fixed and portable ladders as well as mobile ladder stands and platforms. (The ladder requirements do not apply to ladders used in emergency operations or ladders that are an integral part of or designed into a machine or piece of equipment).

Our Offices are Moving!

March 27, 2018
SCATS, along with the Division of Industrial Relations of the Department of Business and Industry, will be moving into the new Nevada State Business Center located at 3360 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nev. 89102. The move to our new location will take place between May 11-15, 2018. Our offices will reopen on May 16, 2018 at 3360 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 100. 


March 1, 2018

This article covers the new Subpart D stairways (29 CFR 1910.25 a – c) standards and the exception. Subpart D 29 CFR 1910.25 d – f were covered in a previous Safety Spotlight article.

1910.25 (a) Application – This section covers all stairways (including standard, spiral (d), ship (e) and alternating tread-type stairs (f)). Except for stairs serving floating roof tanks, stairs on scaffolds, stairs designed into machines or equipment, and stairs on self-propelled motorized equipment.

1910.25 (b) General Requirements – The employer must ensure:

Hispanic Safety Month 2018

March 1, 2018

April has been designated for the fourteenth consecutive year by SCATS as Hispanic Safety month in Nevada.