The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 was enacted to prevent serious injury and death in the workplace. This Act helped create the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which outlines standards and employee rights to help protect workers and keep them safe. They are also in charge of enforcing the standards they set.
Understanding workplace rights
OSHA has set guidelines on what is acceptable in order to keep employees safe from serious injury or death. The following are examples of safety standards that employers must follows per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
- Set limits on employee exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Require employers to actively monitor possible hazards at work
- Require employers to keep detailed records of any job-related illness or injury
Additional employee rights that help keep the workplace safe from injury, illness, and death include requiring employers to adhere to the following:
- Prevent certain infectious illnesses and diseases
- Provide protection from falls
- Ensure machines have guards
- Prevent employees from being exposed to substances such as asbestos that could harm them
- Ensure trenches are safe and will not cave in
- Ensure that confined spaces are safely entered by workers
- Provide adequate training for certain jobs that are considered dangerous
- Provide safety equipment such as respirators
Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Legislation
Chapter 618 of the Nevada Revised Statutes defines Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health codes that were enacted to provide employee rights and help avoid accidents and injuries in the workplace.
- General Provisions, NRS 618.005 - NRS 618.165
- Division of Industrial Relations, NRS 618.175 - NRS 618.353
- Scope and Operation, NRS 618.365 - NRS 618.455
- Enforcement, NRS 618.465 - NRS 618.455
- Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, NRS 618.565 - NRS 618.605
- Unlawful Acts and Penalties, NRS 618.625 - NRS 618.715
- Miscellaneous Provisions, NRS 618.720
- Control of Asbestos, NRS 618.750 - NRS 618.850
- Operation of Cranes, NRS 618.880 - NRS 618.886
- Manufacture and Use of Explosives, NRS 618.890 - NRS 618.900
- Photovoltaic System Projects, NRS 618.910 - NRS 618.936
- Mandatory OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 Training, NRS 618.950 - NRS 618.990
Reporting a workplace accident or fatality
Any accident that involves the hospitalization of at least three employees, or a fatality, must be reported to the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office no later than eight hours following the time the employer learned of the accident.
Reporting hazards in the workplace
Hazards can be reported by filling out a Complaint Form at www.osha.gov, or by calling (702) 486-9020 in Southern Nevada or (775) 824-4600 in Northern Nevada.
Complaints can also be mailed to:
1301 North Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89074
4600 Kietzke Lane
Building F, Suite 153
Reno, NV 89502
Acquiring legal representation
Ace Law Group will represent victims of injuries in the workplace. If you have been injured during your employment or you feel that your employer is not taking the proper steps to insure your safety, please contact the Ace Law Group for a consultation.