The Virgin Islands Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VIDOSH) is part of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor which is headed by the Commissioner. The main office is located in Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
The Virgin Islands State Plan applies to all territorial government agencies throughout the Virgin Islands, including state and local government authorities, fire departments and school districts. OSHA maintains jurisdiction over all private sector workplaces as well as federal agencies: maritime employers such as shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring; military facilities; and the United States Postal Service (USPS).
State Plans must set workplace safety and health standards that are "at least as effective" as OSHA standards. State Plans may promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards. VIDOSH has identically adopted all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to state and local government employment and does not have any unique standards or regulations.
VIDOSH is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. VIDOSH utilizes the Field Operations Manual (FOM) with modifications specific for state and local government enforcement. More information can be found on the Virgin Islands State Plan website.
VIDOSH does not administer a voluntary compliance program. Its state and local government consultation program has recently become operational with the new hire of a full-time consultant. VIDOSH has an agreement with OSHA, under Section 21(d) of the OSH Act, to provide free on-site consultation services to the private sector. For more information, please contact the "Safety in Paradise" On-site Consultation Program, which is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands.
An employer who receives a citation/s and would like to contest it may notify the Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor within 15 work days of issuance and a hearing will be scheduled. For more information on proceedings, please visit the Virgin Islands State Plan website.
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