The following information is provided to help employers and workers identify resources to evaluate or improve health and safety conditions at work. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list or an endorsement of any single program or service. Some of these resources operate within the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), while others are offered by other state, regional or national programs.
Wyoming has a State Plan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which establishes and enforces health and safety standards for public and private sector employees, with a few exceptions.
Wyoming OSHA generally applies, at minimum, the same laws and standards set forth by federal OSHA, including upholding workers’ rights to have a workplace free of known dangers. Wyoming OSHA also has safety standards for the oil & gas industry that are unique to our state. For more information, visit osha.gov/workers
The safety and health of surface and underground mines (excluding oil and gas extraction) is monitored and enforced by the Wyoming Office of State Mines and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). For more information on miners’ rights, visit msha.gov/miners-rights-and-responsibilities
OSHA Whistle Blower Program
If your employer is retaliating against you for trying to address a health and safety issue (such as, you’ve experienced a lay-off, unfavorable change in work schedule, cut in hours, or are being otherwise discriminated against), you should contact OSHA right away. There is a 30 day window for OSHA to investigate such allegations. For more information or to submit a complaint, visit whistleblowers.gov
Wyoming Labor Laws
The DWS Office of Labor Standards upholds state laws that govern employment issues, such as minimum wage, wage theft or discrimination, the employment of minors, and residency requirements, to name a few. For more information, call (307) 777-7261 or visit the Labor Standards division.
Health and Safety Programs and Policies
Having a written health and safety program and training employees on the expectations of that program are essential steps toward improving safety for your workforce. There are endless online tools and resources to help assess your company’s safety status, develop tailored plans for your business, and educate employees. Below are just a few suggested resources:
- Wyoming OSHA Safety & Health Programs
- Federal OSHA Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs
Health and Safety Technical Consultation
If you would like to evaluate the health and safety practices of your workplace, or just have questions about preventing injury and illness from known or potential hazards, please contact one of the DWS free and confidential consultation programs. Staff of these programs can help employers and workers find answers to the most basic or complex questions. In addition to information provided confidentially over the phone, these programs can also provide several free and confidential onsite services, including:
- Assessments of health and safety management practices
- Employee training classes and printed education material
- Health and safety program review and assistance with implementation
- Guidance to comply with OSHA minimum standards
- Monitoring and control recommendations for air contaminants, noise, and heat or cold stress
- Recommendations to enhance safety of existing work practices
Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) Consultation
All employers in good standing with Wyoming Workers’ Compensation are eligible for free, onsite safety and health assessments provided by the WCSR program. For more information, call (307) 777-7261 or visit the Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk page.
Wyoming OSHA Consultation
Private sector employers can work with OSHA Consultation for free, onsite assessments, and will receive several benefits, including exemption from unannounced OSHA Compliance inspections and the opportunity to join one of several state and national prestige programs. For more information, call (307) 777-7787 or fill out a Consultation Service Request.
Wyoming OSHA Compliance Assistance
Public sector employers can work with OSHA Compliance Assistance for free, onsite assessments, and will receive several benefits, including exemption from unannounced OSHA Compliance inspections and the opportunity to join one of several state and national prestige programs. For more information, call (307) 777-7787 or fill out a Consultation Service Request.
Workers’ Compensation Risk Management & Premium Discounts
All employers in good standing with Wyoming Workers’ Compensation can request a free and confidential Risk Management Analysis. A Risk Manager will work directly with employers, either onsite or by phone/web, to analyze and summarize injury and illness claims by several factors (location, type, cost, etc.). For more information, call (307) 777-8990 or click here to learn more about the Risk Management Program.
Insurance Premium Discounts
- Risk Managers can enroll employers into various premium discount programs, saving 20% or more annually on workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Many employers already qualify. A Risk Management Analysis is not required prior to applying for these discounts.
- An employer receiving onsite technical consultation through Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk, OSHA Consultation, OSHA Compliance Assistance, the Wyoming State Mine Inspector, or a pre-approved third-party health and safety professional can qualify for an additional 10% discount on workers’ compensation insurance premiums. For more information, click here.
Grant Funding for Safety Equipment or Training
Workplace Safety Contracts – Safety Improvement Fund
The Wyoming Safety Improvement Fund aims to help businesses implement health and safety training programs, or to support the purchase of health and safety equipment. The fund accepts applications quarterly. Employers can request up to $10,000 each fiscal year. For more information, click here.
Workforce Development Training Fund
The Workforce Development Training Fund helps employers provide training in their organizations. This fund has established three different types of grants that address workforce training needs: Business Training Grants, Pre Hiring Economic Development Grants and Pre-Obligation Grants. Applications for technical and safety-related training may qualify. Funds are requested per trainee, and employers can request up to $10,000 per month and $50,000 annually. For more information, click here.
Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC network advises employers on a variety of small business issues, including safety and compliance with labor and employment laws. They also offer training and have regional offices around the state. For more information, click here.
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) operates a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program to investigate potential health and safety hazards in the workplace. A request for investigation can be submitted by an employer, a union representative or a group of up to three employees. The HHE Program tends to prioritize new, recurring or under-researched health and safety issues. For more information or to submit a request, click here.
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
The AIHA provides a search tool to find for-hire certified safety or industrial hygiene consultants by service and specialty. To start, visit aiha.org and click on “Find a Consultant” on the top banner.
Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center (RMPDC)
The RMPC is the poison center serving all of Wyoming. Poison centers can give advice about preventing and treating chemical exposures on the job. In the event of an emergency, always call 9-1-1 first. For more information, call 1-800-222-1222 or click here.