Nevada OSHA adopts stricter COVID program for high-hazard industries

The state of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations this month announced the adoption of an emphasis program to ensure employees in high-hazard industries or workplaces are protected from contracting COVID-19.

On Jan. 21, President Biden issued a Presidential Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, which directed the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to launch a national program to focus enforcement efforts related to COVID-19 on violations that put the largest number of workers at serious risk, and to enforce OSHA’s anti-retaliation mandates, according to an April 2 press release.

“Nevada OSHA, operating as an approved state enforcement program, is implementing the provisions of the national program throughout the state … to supplement the agency’s existing COVID-19 mitigation and enforcement efforts,” per the release.

High-hazard industries identified by Nevada OSHA include: healthcare, construction, food and agriculture, energy, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and gaming.

“The program will permit Nevada OSHA to realign inspection resources in a manner that will protect the largest number of workers likely to be exposed to COVID-19 based on their job duties, which will in turn reduce the number of unplanned visits conducted in low-risk industries,” according to the release. “Nevada OSHA will also continue to respond to complaints of workplace health and safety concerns from any industry.”

Go to to view the full emphasis program.


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