Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Act, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 40.1-49.3 to 40.1-51.4, and regulations at 16 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-11 to 25-190
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. 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 most of the federal worker safety and health requirements, including hazard communication. The state has adopted rules that are stricter than federal standards for certain workplace safety-specific topics, such as agricultural hand-labor operations. For more information concerning federal safety and health rules, see the national sections OSHA and HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD.
Virginia has adopted some penalties for private sector violations that are stricter than federal penalties. For an overview, see the state section PENALTIES/LIABILITIES.
• Administration and enforcement. DOLI administers and enforces VOSH standards.
Virginia's Office of Consultation Services offers on-site safety and health surveys to help employers better understand and voluntarily comply with VOSH standards. Priority is given to employers with ...