OSHA Wyoming Certification
Federal OSHA regulations don’t always make the most sense. And it can be doubly confusing when you add in state plans like the one in Wyoming. To help, we’ve put together this guide that answers your top questions and clarifies federal and state safety requirements. Additionally, we cover why training is so important for employees and employers and how you can get our OSHA Wyoming safety training. Let’s dive in!
Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction in Wyoming
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) allows states to assume their own occupational safety and health responsibilities as long as they're "at least as effective" as the federal program.
Wyoming has an official state plan that covers all state and local government workers in Wyoming, as well as most private sector workers.
The state plan adopts all federal OSHA standards identically aside from rewording in 29 CFR 1910 Subpart A and 29 CFR 1926 Subparts A and B.
Wyoming also adopted unique standards with no federal counterpart for oil and gas wells, including requirements for drilling, servicing, and anchor testing.
Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Wyoming OSHA) in the Department of Workforce Services administers and enforces the state plan. They do inspections, issue citations when necessary, and provide consultation services upon request.
A small number of Wyomingite remain under federal OSHA jurisdiction, instead. Specifically:
- Federal employment
- The U.S. Postal Service plus private contractor-operated facilities engaged by USPS
- Maritime operations (ie, shipyards, marine terminals, longshoring)
- Private-sector employment on military bases and at the US Department of Energy's Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserve in Casper
- Certain agricultural employees and operations
- Working conditions of aircraft cabin crewmembers onboard aircraft in operation
- Any hazard, industry, area, operation, or facility where the State Plan is unable to effectively exercise jurisdiction
OSHA Wyoming Training Requirements
Since Wyoming adopted most federal standards identically, Wyomingites will follow similar training requirements regardless of jurisdiction.
OSHA requires training on specific safety standards that apply to your job functions. The only time jurisdiction might impact training are the standards Wyoming adopted without a federal counterpart.
Federal OSHA also has Outreach courses (sometimes referred to as "DOL cards") that cover common requirements for your industry. Even though OSHA doesn't require OSHA Outreach training, some employers might. In that case, you’ll either need an OSHA 10-Hour course for entry-level workers or an OSHA 30-Hour course for supervisors.
Benefits of OSHA Wyoming Training for Workers
The primary goal of OSHA safety training has always been to reduce workplace injuries and accidents, but employers will also benefit from their investment in OSHA training. Businesses can avoid penalties from inspection noncompliance, lower workers’ compensation costs, and increase jobsite productivity.
While it’s easy for us to say that training will improve workplace safety, it’s another thing entirely to see the workplace injury statistics for OSHA, the Department of Labor, and other Wyoming agencies – take a look at these statistics below.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Wyoming
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 20 fatal occupational injuries in Wyoming in 2017, while nationally there were 5,147 fatal occupational injuries.
Of the 20 fatalities:
- 11 were the result of transportation incidents
- 4 were the result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals
- 3 were the result of contact with objects and equipment
The industries with the greatest number of fatalities were:
- 6 in transportation and warehousing
- 5 in government (4 of them in local government)
- 3 in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
2018-2019 Top OSHA Enforcement Cases in Wyoming
While you surely understand that Wyoming workers are at a high risk for injuries and accidents, employees aren’t the only ones at risk for loss. Wyoming businesses can also use OSHA training to help reduce their risk of loss through OSHA inspection penalties.
While OSHA lists the top enforcement cases in Wyoming on their website, here is a quick glimpse at the top cases for 2018-2019.
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|State||Inspection Number||Employer||City||Issuance Date||Initial Penalty|
|WY||1316156.015||R&R Services, Inc.||PINEDALE||08/20/2018||$45,412.00|
|WY||1301720.015||The Western Sugar Cooperative||TORRINGTON||07/05/2018||$53,445.00|
|WY||1397146.015||Dollar Tree Store, Inc.||CASPER||06/13/2019||$40,651.00|
Federal and State OSHA Offices in Wyoming
Since most Wyoming employers and workers fall under the protection of Wyoming OSHA, federal OSHA doesn't operate a local area office in the state.
If you're under federal jurisdiction, you can reach out to federal OSHA through the general contact information on their website.
Most people in Wyoming need the state plan office instead, though. Wyoming OSHA has four local offices:
- Rock Springs
You can find their contact information on Wyoming OSHA's website.
Additional Wyoming Resources for Safety Information
For more information, you can visit additional Wyoming state agency websites.
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services: To ensure safe and fair workplaces, the department offers a variety of services for job seekers and workers, employers and businesses, and medical providers.
Wyoming Workers’ Compensation: Here you’ll find information about how to report an injury, as well as disability benefits.
Enroll Now in Wyoming OSHA Training Courses
Now that you understand the importance of OSHA safety training, all that you have left to do is select the appropriate training course.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to look too far! We have over 20 years of experience as an OSHA-authorized training provider, and we offer OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA 30-Hour Construction, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, and OSHA 30-Hour General Industry to satisfy your OSHA training needs.
Simply select your course and start your online learning today!