Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 USC 651et seq. and regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200
West Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Act, West Virginia Code 21-3A-1 to 21-3A-19 and regulations at West Virginia Regulations 42-15-4
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 3
West Virginia Division of Labor (DOL)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. West Virginia is not a "state plan" state; it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Private sector (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) employers are governed by the requirements of the federal Hazard Communication Standard.
The state has adopted the federal occupational safety and health rules for state government offices and operations, including hazard communication. For information on federal requirements, see the national section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.
• Administration and enforcement. OSHA administers and enforces occupational safety and health, including hazard communication requirements, in the private sector in West Virginia. DOL inspects state government workplaces in response to fatalities and employee complaints.