HENDERSON, Nev. – The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) of the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations recently recognized Fremont Hotel & Casino and Jokers Wild Casino for their successful entry into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). These casino properties, both owned and operated by Boyd Gaming Corporation of Las Vegas, have been in the SHARP program since 2007 and continue to work diligently with SCATS on their commitment to workplace safety.
“Our partnership with SCATS in the SHARP program has shown outstanding results across our enterprise. We have seen consistent, dramatic reductions in workplace injuries across the company, and we have realized tremendous financial benefits through corresponding decreases in Workers Compensation costs and lost time,” said Dennis Siano, Vice President of Safety at Boyd Gaming.
The Fremont Hotel & Casino and Jokers Wild join an elite group of 47 businesses in Nevada that have successfully entered the SHARP program and have committed to maintaining exemplary safety and health programs. Companies are recognized with the SHARP certification after undergoing a comprehensive facility audit, correction of all identified hazards, review of workplace safety programs, and keeping injury rates below the industry average. Participation in this no-cost program is designed to provide incentives and support to employers to develop, implement and continuously improve safety and health programs at their worksite(s). By taking these proactive measures, a business can reduce accident costs and ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations.
“Our partnership with SCATS has offered us a unique opportunity,” Siano said. “While workplace safety has always been an important part of our company’s culture, elevating our properties to SHARP status has continued to drive home the importance of protecting our workers and our guests at all our properties. And while this partnership began in Nevada, it has benefited our company by helping improve our safety programs at our properties nationwide.”
Jokers Wild’s participation in the program has helped the property to achieve a 72.55% reduction in our total recordable cases (TRC) and days away, restricted, or transferred rate (DART) since the property began working with SCATS in 2007. Over the same period, the Fremont has achieved a reduction of 66.66% in our total recordable cases (TRC) and days away, restricted, or transferred rate (DART).
“The dedication that both Fremont Hotel & Casino and Jokers Wild have shown to the safety and health of their employees is truly commendable. Both properties have been working with our team for many years and continue to implement a successful and well planned workplace safety program,” said Todd Schultz, Chief Administrative Officer for SCATS.
SCATS consultants provide employers with confidential hazard identification, program development, program implementation assistance and training. Employers that implement effective safety and health programs and have a days away restricted transfer (DART) rate below the national average for their industry group, may be recognized by SCATS. Successful SHARP participants receive a two-year exemption from OSHA’s general schedule inspections.
Businesses interested in the SHARP program can contact SCATS at 702-486-9140. For more information on SCATS, or for a schedule of training courses offered by SCATS free of charge, businesses can call 1-877-4SAFENV or visit www.4safenv.state.nv.us.
About Nevada’s Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS)
The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS), part of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations, provides free and confidential consultation and safety services to assist businesses in Nevada to be in compliance with OSHA standards. SCATS’ top priority is to help Nevada businesses keep their employees safe and offers on-site consultation services designed to help employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their workplaces, improve their safety and health programs, and assist in training employees. SCATS also offers Workplace Safety and Health Training classes in Northern and Southern Nevada. For more information visit: www.4safenv.state.nv.us