Virginia Facilities laws & HR compliance analysis

Virginia Facilities: What you need to know

Workplace facilities are regulated principally by standards established under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The federal scheme permits individual states to devise and enforce their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state plan requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Construction industry. The state has adopted federal OSHA general industry work sanitation standards that are applicable to construction sanitation in Virginia (29 CFR 1910.141; 16 VA Admin. Code Sec. 25-160-20).
Virginia has adopted a program that has received federal approval. In all important respects, its requirements are identical to the federal standards, although state officials have enforcement powers and may enter any workplace or locations where work is performed to inspect conditions and equipment and privately question any employee, employer, owner, or agent VA Code Sec. 40.1-49.8.
Virginia law prescribes some very general standards for workplace facilities (VA Code Sec. 40.1-51.1). Under this law, which is administered by the Safety and Health Codes Board, employers must:
• Furnish employees with a workplace that is free of recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury.
• Give employees prompt information regarding their exposure to toxic material or harmful physical agents, and also inform exposed employees of the corrective action being taken.
• Post copies of any safety and health violation citations.
• Provide suitable means of protection against exposure to toxic substances.
Drinking water. Employers must provide potable water (water that meets the ...

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