Comparison: State vs. Federal
Virginia is a “state plan” state, which means that it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, both public (government offices and operations) and private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector employers are governed by state occupational safety and health regulations. The state has adopted by reference the federal rules and has adopted rules that are stricter than federal standards for confined spaces for the telecommunications industry. See the TABLE in this section for state-specific safety requirements.
See the national RECORDKEEPING analysis for more information on federal recordkeeping requirements.
The Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health administers and enforces safety and health standards in private and public sector workplaces.