Virginia OSHA regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia OSHA: What you need to know

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

Regulatory Agencies
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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.

Additional Guidance


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 ...

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