NV OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance
January 25, 2023
The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NV OSHA) has updated its COVID-19 guidance in light of Governor Lombardo’s recent Executive Order rescinding all COVID-19 related directives.
NV OSHA reiterates that COVID-19 is a recognized health hazard, and employers continue to have a duty to protect their employees from it. As such, “[e]mployers should evaluate the risk of COVID-19 in their workplace and incorporate an explanation of the methods used to identify, analyze, and control exposure to COVID-19 into the Written Safety Program required under NAC 618.540(1)(b).” In Nevada, all businesses with more than 10 employees are required to have a written safety program, and businesses with 10 or fewer employees are “highly encouraged” to have a written COVID‐19 Prevention Program.
NV OSHA also explains that certain federal requirements remain in effect, such as those related to voluntary use of respiratory protection and recordkeeping and reporting requirements (both are summarized in NV OSHA’s guidance). Additionally, NV OSHA will continue to “evaluate COVID-19 inquiries and inspections for possible follow-up enforcement action” at certain hospitals, nursing care facilities and assisted living facilities, in accordance with the federal COVID-19 National Emphasis Program.
If you have questions about this updated guidance, please contact a KZA attorney.
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