DWS Continues Focus on Reorganization, Program Improvement in Standards and Compliance
Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Standards and Compliance Section is building on its program improvement focus following the successful development of the Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk Unit (WCSRU). The Standards and Compliance Section, a branch of programs within DWS, is currently in the midst of a program improvement effort involving the OSHA Division.
The overhaul will primarily impact processes within DWS OSHA Compliance. With the aim of greater effectiveness and efficiency, the Division has gone from a paper-based filing structure to an electronic system, allowing for more efficient follow up. Because DWS OSHA’s penalty collection authority is limited, the Division has contracted with a collection agency to more effectively collect on outstanding OSHA penalties. DWS has worked with the Department of Administration and Information to address staff retention challenges.
“There is no doubt that the DWS OSHA Division is a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to safer workplaces in Wyoming,” said DWS Director John Cox. “The Division has faced a series of challenges in years past. We are facing those roadblocks head-on with innovative solutions like the Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk Unit, and by implementing new strategies to address areas in need of improvement. Through this reorganization, DWS OSHA is more closely aligning with its mission. I am confident the Division will come out on the other side stronger than ever.”
In May of 2016, the Department introduced a new unit designed to significantly expand safety expertise and resources to employers in Wyoming. Developed internally by DWS Standards and Compliance staff, the WCSRU offers safety advisors who provide free, expert safety and health advice to Wyoming businesses and public sector employers at the request of the employer. The WCSRU is a group of safety advisors who previously worked out of the OSHA Division. These staff members now report to the Workers’ Compensation Division. WCSRU safety advisors now have the ability to more readily provide free, expert safety and health advice to Wyoming businesses and public sector employers without monetary penalties.