Yesterday, Wyoming governor Matt Mead said all employers want to run a safe operation and he believes there are ways to support Wyoming’s businesses in their efforts to accomplish this. In conjunction with legislative support, Governor Mead’s plan is to hire more Wyoming OSHA consultants, quickly employ a new Occupational Epidemiologist, and find other means to expand and improve existing safety programs.

Governor Mead says efforts to better workplace safety has been a growing priority in the state over the past few years saying “My office and the Department of Workforce Services want to augment those efforts and that is what we are proposing.”

This effort would create three new positions in the Wyoming OSHA program by moving vacant positions in other divisions of the Department of Workforce Services to Wyoming OSHA.

In addition, Governor Mead is working with the Legislature to craft a bill that would provide five more OSHA consultants, funded out of the Industrial Accident Fund.

This proposal is an important step in supporting companies who want to improve safety procedures and a needed step to keep workers safe.”

Governor Mead says there are 23,000 employers in the state and only six people to do safety consultations.

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