Virginia Enforcement laws & safety compliance analysis

Virginia Enforcement : What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia is a "state-plan" state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program in both the public and private sectors. The VOSH Act has adopted the standards and rules of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), and includes its own additional rules for penalties.

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Administration and enforcement. DOLI's VOSH administers and enforces the VOSH Act.

Requirements

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS

DISCUSSION

TABLE 1: VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY LAWS
Prohibited Act Penalties
OSHA: Violation of the safety and health rules by an employer Administrative:VCA 40.1-49.4(A):Penalty amount to be determined by DOLI, not to exceed OSHA civil limitations
OSHA: Violation of the safety and health rules by an employer that results in the death of an employee Criminal:VCA 40.1-49.4(K):Up to $70,000 and/or up to 6 months' imprisonment; up to $140,000 and/or 1 year's imprisonment for subsequent violation
DISCUSSION

Virginia has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program in both the public and private sectors. The VOSH Act has adopted the standards and rules of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), and includes its own additional rules for penalties. See TABLE 1 in this section for penalty figures that pertain to safety violations.


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