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OSHA Compliance Process Streamlined via SilverFlume Portal
Nevada Business Portal will simplify OSHA compliance for thousands of Nevada businesses
Posted Date: 11/5/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu 
             (702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 
             clu@sos.nv.gov  


(Carson City, Nev.; November 4, 2013) — Nevada businesses statewide will save time and more easily navigate OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) compliance with the new addition of the state’s OSHA safety and health requirements on SilverFlume, Nevada’s Business Portal.

SilverFlume aims to improve the often time-consuming and headache-inducing nature of starting a business by gathering regulatory and licensing agencies in one place for business customers. SilverFlume’s new partnership with the Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) achieves the business portal’s goal of streamlining the licensing process, while encouraging thousands of businesses to be compliant with the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We are proud to have the Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section on board at SilverFlume, and we hope that this crucial step in the business licensing process will assist many companies with creating and maintaining safe work environments for their employees,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller.

The new step in the SilverFlume Business Checklist requires Nevada employers to acknowledge that their employees will read the Nevada Workplace Rights and Responsibilities brochure or view the Rights and Responsibilities video. Employers are also given links to SCATS’ current training schedule, free upcoming safety classes, and required workplace posters. Customers can choose to have a SCATS representative contact them to answer any questions about safety and compliance with OSHA. A few minutes of an employer’s time ensures the business is made aware of their safety and health requirements.

Many companies are not OSHA-compliant because they fail to realize that they are subject to workplace safety and health requirements. Now that SCATS is a required step on SilverFlume, business customers will find it easier to determine the procedure for starting and managing a company because SilverFlume’s operating wizard eliminates the guesswork.

SCATS Chief Administrative Officer Todd Schultz sees many benefits of SCATS’ involvement with SilverFlume.

“SCATS will be able to reach a much broader audience than we were able to previously through mailings, and encourage more companies to be compliant with OSHA standards,” said Schultz. “We believe that many more businesses will comply with requirements now that the information is presented to them when they file via SilverFlume. Fines for a business not complying with OSHA measures range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars and can be mitigated by utilizing SCATS services.”

Businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses -- expenditures that come straight out of company profits. But workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent, according to OSHA.

SilverFlume’s website, www.nvsilverflume.gov, gathers agencies involved in starting a business under one digital roof, sequences required tasks, and guides the customer through cross-agency steps via the one-stop shop. SilverFlume became operational in June 2012 and has processed more than $81 million in cross-agency revenue while supporting more than 335,000 business transactions.

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