Nevada OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Nevada OSHA: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state laws and regulations in the areas that it covers. Since this amounts to virtually all areas of workplace health and safety in the private sector, the OSH Act supplants most state work safety requirements. The OSH Act does not cover employers in the public sector (state and local government agencies, schools, commissions, etc.). Under the OSH Act, individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Nevada is among the “state-plan” states that have received federal approval to enforce their own requirements. The state has adopted a comprehensive system of occupational safety and health regulations, all approved by federal authorities, that cover both private and public sector employers. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Act (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 618et seq., NV Admin. Code Sec. 618.001 to Sec. 618.986) is administered and enforced by the state's Department of Business and Industry/Division of Industrial Relations (DIR). Nevada adopted most of the federal safety and health standards by reference and has added state-specific requirements that are stricter than federal requirements for material handling (explosives), machine guarding, process safety, and recordkeeping. All construction site workers must complete a DIR-approved 10- or 30-hour construction training course.There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal standards.
Material handling. The state has several additional ...

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