Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) is part of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) which is headed by the Commissioner. Its main office is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia with field offices located in Abingdon, Lynchburg, Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Verona, and Winchester, Virginia.
The Virginia State Plan applies to all public and private sector places of employment in the state, with the exception of federal employees, the United States Postal Service, private sector maritime, federal military facilities, and other federal territories where the state has relinquished jurisdiction to the federal government.
VOSH has adopted the majority of OSHA standards that would relate to public and private sector employer operations. However, VOSH has adopted the following unique standards and regulations:
VOSH is responsible for the enforcement of its safety and health standards. Compliance officers inspect workplaces for hazardous conditions and issue citations where violations of VOSH regulations are found. Inspections may be the result of regular scheduling, imminent danger reports, fatalities, and worker complaints or referrals. More information on enforcement in Virginia can be found on the Virginia State Plan website.
VOSH offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. VOSH also offers on-site consultation services which help employers — both public and private — comply with VOSH or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Virginia State Plan website.
VOSH conducts informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. Each employer, worker, or worker representative may request an informal conference after receipt of the citation(s) of alleged violations. The informal conference may be requested through the appropriate VOSH Regional Director. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Virginia State Plan website.
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.
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